Human Rights Monitoring Group

The Human Rights Monitoring Group (the "Monitoring Group") is a group of benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed by Convocation to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

The mandate of the Human Rights Monitoring Group is:

  • to review information that comes to its attention about human rights violations that target members of the profession and the judiciary, here and abroad, as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties;
  • to determine if the matter is one that requires a response from the Law Society; and
  • to prepare a response for review and approval by Convocation.

The mandate further states that where Convocation's meeting schedule makes such a review and approval impractical, the Treasurer may review such responses in Convocation's place and take such steps, as he or she deems appropriate. In such instances, the Human Rights Monitoring Group shall report on the matters at the next meeting of Convocation.

Human Rights Monitoring Group members:

  • Teresa Donnelly (Chair)
  • Robert Evans
  • Julian Falconer
  • Avvy Go
  • Judith Potter
  • Heather Ross
  • Joanne St. Lewis

Sources of information:
The Monitoring Group relies on information provided by external organizations dedicated to promoting the rule of law and human rights internationally.

Promoting Access to Justice

 In June 2014, the Human Rights Monitoring Group released its Facilitating International Access to Justice Through Intervention report - updated February 2017. The report provides an overview of the Human Rights Monitoring Group's work over the years, from an access to justice perspective, by outlining the types of clients that persecuted lawyers serve. Lawyers who are persecuted by authorities are often advocates for human rights. They also represent vulnerable clients who have no other access to legal services. Judges are also included in the report. Most often presiding judges who are persecuted in the course of their duties focus on facilitating access to justice by advocating for an independent judiciary and promoting the rule of law.

Inspirational Lawyer - Jacqueline Moudeïna - Chad

Human Rights Watch gave the Alison Des Forges Award to Jacqueline Moudeïna, a Chadina lawyer and human rights activist. Ms. Moudeïna is leading the effort to bring to trial the former Chadina dictator Hissène Habré and to achieve justice for his victims. For further information, please consult the Human Rights Watch website. A video of Ms. Moudeïna`s work is also available online. You may also read Ms. Moudeïna's acceptance speech.

 

Letters of Intervention Public Statements

Algeria: Abderramane and Boumerdesi (February 2007) 

Argentina: Nisman (April 2015)

Azerbaijan: Aliyev (October 2014)

Azerbaijan: Elchin Sadigov (January 2017)

Bahrain: Al Tajer (May 2011)

Bahrain: Al Tajer (September 2012)

Bahrain: Taimoor Karimi (July 2016)

Bangladesh: Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem (February 2017)

Belarus: Leonid Sudalenko and Anatoly Poplavnyi (May 2017)

Belarus: Oleg Volchek (May 2017)

Belarus: Zeltser  (June 2008)

Brazil: Judges (November 2011)

Burundi: Disbarment of lawyers Vital Nshimirimana, Armel Niyongere, Dieudonné Bashirahishize and suspension of lawyer Lambert Nigarura (February 2017)

Cameroon: Felix Agbor Balla (February 2017)

Cameroon: Justice Paul Ayah Abine (May 2017)

China: Arrest of large group of lawyers (July 2015)

China: Guangcheng (October 2006)

China: Guo Feixiong (aka yang Maodong) (January 2009)

China: Jiang Tianyong (February 2017)

China: Lawyers intimidated for taking cases of victims of contaminated milk (November 2008)

China: Li Chunfu (May 2017)

China: Li Heping (May 2017)

China: Li Jinxing (February 2017)

China: Ni Yulan (September 2013)

China: Ni Yulan (June 2016)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (September 2014)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (February 2016)

China: Shu Xiangxin (March 2016)

China: Tang Jingling (September 2014)

China: Violations against lawyers (October 2007)

China: Violations against lawyers (April 2008)

China: Wang Qiushi (March 2016)

China: Xu Zhiyong (February 2014)

China: Xia Lin (December 2016)

China: Xie Yang and detention of lawyer Chen Jiangang (May 2017)

China: Zhang Kai (May 2016)

China: Zhisheng (October 2006)

China: Zhisheng (May 2007)

China: Zhisheng (April 2014)

China (Hong Kong): Benny Tai (May 2017)

Colombia: Duarte (January 2011)

Colombia: Jhon Fredy Concha Valbuena and Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutierrez (May 2017)

Colombia: Munera (June 2010)

Colombia: Torres (May 2012)

Colombia: Yessika Hoyos (September 2016)

Congo: Mpolo-Nene (February 2007)

Congo: Mubalama (June 2008)

Congo: Jean Kisumbule Muteba (July 2016)

Dominican Republic: Noemi Mendez (February 2017)

Egypt: Bastawissi and El-Baroudi (March 2008)

Egypt: El-Massry (June 2014) 

Egypt: El-Massry (July 2015)

Egypt: Malek Adly (February 2017)

Egypt: Mohamed Ramadan (May 2017)

Egypt: Negad El-Borai (July 2016)

Egypt: Yara Sallam (November 2014)

Equatorial Guinea: Nsue Nguema (November 2012)

Gabon: Eric Iga Iga (February 2017)

Georgia: Getsadze (February 2007)

Guatemala: Judge Aguilar (June 2014)

Guatemala: Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores (May 2017)

Guatemala: Ramon Cadena Ramila (December 2016)

Greece: Electra Koutra (January 2017)

Haiti: Michel (November 2013)

Haiti: St-Juste and Michel (October 2012)

Honduras: Association for a More Just Society (ASJ) (January 2011)

Honduras: Cabrera (November 2012)

Honduras: Diaz Garcia (February 2007)

India: Mohammad, Shoaib, Jilani and Faridi (November 2008)

India: Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal (February 2016)

India: Umakanta Meitei (November 2006)

Indonesia: Alldo Fellix Januardy (June 2016)

Indonesia: Kawer (November 2014)

Indonesia: Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika (May 2016)

Iran: Ebadi (June 2008)

Iran: Esmaeilzadeh (June 2014)

Iran: Kamrani (February 2007)

Iran: Kian (November 2010)

Iran: Karbasi, Kianersi, Sabaghian, Sadr and Sotoudeh (January 2011)

Iran: Kian, Soltani and Sotoudeh (April 2012)

Iran: Lawyers (November 2011)

Iran: Mohammadi (January 2015)

Iran: Seifzadeh (April 2013)

Iran: Soltani (February 2007)

Iran: Sotoudeh (September 2010)

Iran: Sotoudeh (October 2013)

Iran: Sotoudeh (December 2014)

Iran: Yadollahi (April 2014)

Iran: Zarafshan (February 2007)

Kenya: Ndubi (March 2008)

Kenya: Simon Lilan (February 2017)

Kenya: Willie Kimani (August 2016)

Kazakhstan: Talgat Ayanov (May 2017)

Kyrgyzstan: Asanov (November 2010)

Kyrgyzstan: Vakhitov (July 2015)

Lesotho: Haae Phoofolo, Christopher Lephuthing, Koili Ndebele, Khotso Nthontho and Tumisang Mosotho (March 2016)

Libya: Bugaighis (August 2014)

Malaysia: Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy (May 2016)

Malaysia: Singh (April 2014)

Malaysia: Surendran (November 2014)

Malaysia: N. Surendran (August 2016)

Malaysia: Uthayakumar, Manoharan, Kenghadharan, Ganabati Rao (June 2008)

Myanmar: Disbarred Lawyers (April 2012)

Myanmar: Khin Khin Kyaw (February 2016)

Myanmar: Nyi Niy Htwe, Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min, U Aung Thein and U Khin Maung Shein  (January 2009)

Myanmar: Robert Sann Aung (May 2017)

Myanmar: Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min (September 2012)

Myanmar: U Ko Ni (February 2017)

Nauru: Magistrates (February 2014)

Nepal: Basnet (October 2007)

Nigeria: Lawyers (February 2014)

Pakistan: Bilal Anwar Kasi and Lawyers in Pakistan (August 2016)

Pakistan: Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali (July 2013)

Pakistan: Jahangir (July 2012)

Pakistan: Muhammad Jan Gigyani (May 2017)

Pakistan: Rehman (June 2014)

Pakistan: Judges (March 2017)

Pakistan: threat of disbarment against lawyers (May 2017)

Peru: Soberon (June 2008)

Philippines_Arlan Castañeda (February 2017)

Philippines: Dannug-Salucon (June 2014)

Philippines: Mia Mascariñas-Green (May 2017)

Philippines: Senator Leila de Lima (May 2017)

Russia: Bakhrom Khamroev (February 2017)

Russia: Emil Kurbedinov (May 2017)

Russia: Magomedova (November 2010)

Russia: Magomedova (April 2012)

Russia: Magomedova (July 2013)

Russia: Moiseyev and Akimtseva (January 2015)

Saudi Arabia: Al Khair (March 2015)

Saudi Arabia: Al-Lahem (January 2008)

Saudi Arabia: Al Rumaih, Al Sobaihi and Alnogaithan (December 2014)

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair (October 2014)

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair (March 2015)

Spain: Garzon (April 2012)

Sri Lanka: Bandaranayake (January 2013)

Sri Lanka: Dr. Nimalka Fernando (February 2014)

Sudan: Ali, Souraj, Alsemani, Dafaalla, Badawi (October 2006)

Sudan: Dr. Amin Mekki Medani (January 2015)

Sudan: Lawyers (September 2012)

Sudan: Nabeel Adib Abdallah (July 2016)

Sudan: Sharief (November 2013)

Sudan: Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki (May 2017)

Swaziland: Maseko (April 2014)

Syria: al-Bunni (November 2006)

Syria: al-Bunni (March 2008)

Syria: al-Hassani (February 2010)

Syria: al-Maleh (February 2010)

Syria: Khalil Ma'touq (July 2013)

Syria: Khalil Ma’Touq (February 2016)

Syria: Moustafa (January 2011)

Syria: Razan Zaitouneh (February 2016)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov (February 2016)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov and Nuriddin Makhkamov (January 2017)

Tajikistan: Jamshed Yorov (December 2016)

Tajikistan: Kudratov (March 2015)

Tunisia: Abbou (October 2006)

Thailand: Prawet Prapanukul (May 2017)

Thailand: Robert Amsterdam (August 2011)

Thailand: Sirikan Charoensiri (May 2016)

Turkey: 227 judges and prosecutors (May 2017)

Turkey: Demir (April 2014)

Turkey: Erbey (June 2014)

Turkey: İştar Gözaydin (February 2017)

Turkey: Kalayci (February 2010)

Turkey: Lawyers (October 2012)

Turkey: Lawyers (February 2013)

Turkey: Lawyers (June 2013)

Turkey: Lawyers (May 2016)

Turkey: Lawyers and Judges (July 2016)

Turkey: Arrests and detentions of lawyers Seher Acay, Fevzi Adsiz, Ziya Baği and Mahmut Bingöl (February 2017)

Turkey: Levent Piskin (January 2017)

Turkey: Muharrem Erbey (May 2017)

Ukraine: Tetyana Popova and Valeriy Rybalchenko (May 2017)

Ukraine: Yuri Grabovski (May 2016)

Uganda: Lawyers (February 2014)

United Arab Emirates (September 2012)

United Arab Emirates (July 2013)

Vietnam: Dai and Nhan (August 2007)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2013)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2014)

Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai (February 2016)

Vietnam: Thanh (February 2007)

Vietnam: Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan (February 2016)

Venezuela: Afiuni (June 2010)

Venezuela: Afiuni (January 2012)

Venezuela: Afiuni (July 2013)

Venezuela: Juan Carlos Gutiérrez (July 2016)

Venezuela: Wilkinson (November 2008)

Zambia: Oliver Holland (May 2017)

Zimbabwe: Mtetwa (April 2013)

Zimbabwe: Tsunga (July 2013)

Argentina: Nisman (April 2015) 

Azerbaijan: Intigam Aliyev (September 2014)

Azerbaijan: Elchin Sadigov (January 2017)

Bahrain: Taimoor Karimi (July 2016)

Bangladesh: Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem (February 2017)

Belarus: Leonid Sudalenko and Anatoly Poplavnyi (May 2017)

Belarus: Oleg Volchek (May 2017)

Brazil (November 2011)

Burundi: Disbarment of lawyers Vital Nshimirimana, Armel Niyongere, Dieudonné Bashirahishize and suspension of lawyer Lambert Nigarura (February 2017)

Cameroon: Felix Agbor Balla (February 2017)

Cameroon: Justice Paul Ayah Abine (May 2017)

China (April 2012)

China (May 2011)

China (July 2010)

China (February 2010)

China (April 2008)

China (September 2013)

China: Jiang Tianyong (February 2017)

China: Li Jinxing (February 2017)

China: Li Chunfu (May 2017)

China: Li Heping (May 2017)

China: Ni Yulan (June 2016)

China: Xie Yang and the detention of lawyer Chen Jiangang (May 2017

China: Xu Zhiyong (February 2014)

China: Shu Xiangxin (March 2016)

China: Tang Jingling (September 2014)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (September 2014)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (January 2016)

China: Wang Qiushi (February 2016)

China: Xia Lin (December 2016)

China: Zhang Kai (May 2016)

China (Hong Kong): Benny Tai (May 2017)

Colombia (June 2010)

Colombia: Torres (2012)

Colombia: Jhon Fredy Concha Valbuena and Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutierrez (May 2017)

Colombia: Yessika Hoyos and members of the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CAJAR) (September 2016)

Democratic Republic of Congo: Jean Kisumbule Muteba (July 2016)

Dominican Republic: Noemi Mendez (February 2017)

Egypt: Soliman (May 2015)

Egypt (October 2014)

Egypt (June 2014)

Egypt: Malek Adly (February 2017)

Egypt: Mohamed Ramadan (May 2017)

Egypt: Negad El-Borai (July 2016)

Equatorial Guinea (November 2012)

Gabon: Eric Iga Iga (February 2017)

Greece: Electra Koutra (January 2017)

Guatemala (May 2014)

Guatemala: Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores (May 2017)

Guatemala: Ramón Cadena Rámila (December 2016)

Haiti: Michel (November 2013)

Honduras (November 2012)

Indonesia (October 2014)

Indonesia: Alldo Fellix Januardy (June 2016)

Indonesia: Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika (May 2016)

India: Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal (January 2016)

Iran (January 2015)

Iran: Sotoudeh (November 2014)

Iran (May 2014)

Iran: Sotoudeh (October 2013)

Iran (April 2013)

Iran (April 2012)

Iran (October 2011)

Iran (January 2011)

Iran (November 2010)

Iran (October 2010)

Kazakhstan: Talgat Ayanov (May 2017)

Kenya: Simon Lilan (February 2017)

Kenya: Willie Kimani (August 2016)

Kyrgyzstan - Vakhitov and Saliev (2015)

Libya: Bugaighis (2014)

Malaysia (October, 2014)

Malaysia (2010)

Malaysia Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy (May 2016)

Malaysia N. Surendran (August 2016)

Myanmar: Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min (September 2012)

Myanmar: Khin Khin Kyaw (January 2016) 

Myanmar: Robert Sann Aung (May 2017)

Myanmar: U Ko Ni (February 2017)

Nauru: Peter Law and Geoffrey Eames (February 2014)

Nigeria (February 2014)

Omar Khadr (2008)

Pakistan (2007 - 2008)

Pakistan (July 2013)

Pakistan (June 2014)

Pakistan: Afridi (May 2015)

Pakistan: Bilal Anwar Kasi (August 2016)

Pakistan: Judges (March 2017)

Pakistan: Muhammad Jan Gigyani (May 2017)

Pakistan: threat of disbarment against lawyers (May 2017)

Philippines (May, 2015)

Philippines (November 2008)

Philippines (May 2014)

Philippines: Arlan Castañeda (February 2017)

Philippines: Mia Mascariñas-Green (May 2017)

Philippines: Senator Leila de Lima(May 2017)

Rwanda (2010)

Russia (January 2015)

Russia (April 2012)

Russia (July 2013)

Russia: Bakhrom Khamroev (February 2017)

Russia: Emil Kurbedinov (May 2017)

Saudi Arabia: Abdulrahman Al Rumaih, Abdulrahman Al Subaihi and Bander Alnogaithan (November 2014)

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair (September 2014)

Spain (April 2012)

Sri Lanka - Bandaranayake (January 2013)

Sri Lanka - Nimalka Fernando (February 2014)

Sudan (January 2015) 

Sudan (September 2012)

Sudan Nabeel Adib Abdallah (July 2016)

Sudan: Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki (May 2017)

Sudan: Sharief (November 2013)

Syria (October 2012)

Syria (July 2013)

Syria (February 2014)

Syria: Khalil Ma'touq (January 2016)

Syria: Razan Zaitouneh (January 2016) 

Tajikistan (February 2015)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov (January 2016)

Tajikistan: Jamshed Yorov (December 2016)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov and Nuriddin Makhkamov (January 2017)

Thailand: Sirikan Charoensiri (May 2016)

Thailand: Prawet Prapanukul (May 2017)

Tunisia (November 2010)

Turkey (February 2013)

Turkey (June 2013)

Turkey (May 2014)

Turkey: 227 judges and prosecutors (May 2017)

Turkey: lawyers and judges (July 2016)

Turkey: Istar Gozaydin (February 2017)

Turkey: nine human rights lawyers (May 2016)

Turkey: Levent Piskin (January 2017)

Turkey: Muharrem Erbey in Turkey (May 2017)

Turkey: Arrests and detentions of lawyers Seher Acay, Fevzi Adsiz, Ziya Baği and Mahmut Bingöl (February 2017)

Ukraine: Tetyana Popova and Valeriy Rybalchenko (May 2017)

Ukraine: Yuri Grabovski (May 2016)

Uganda (February 2014)

United Arab Emirates (September 2012)

United Arab Emirates (July 2013)

Venezuela - Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni (January 2012)

Venezuela - Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni (July 2013)

Venezuela: Juan Carlos Gutiérrez (July 2016)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2013)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2014)

Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai (January 2016)

Vietnam: Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan (January 2016) 

Zambia: Oliver Holland (May 2017)

Zimbabwe (June 2008)

Zimbabwe (April 2013)

Zimbabwe (July 2013)