Advocacy charter Myanmar
Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) submitted an advocacy charter to several country delegations to draw attention to the situation of lawyers in Myanmar with regard to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Myanmar. In July 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers and LRWC submitted a report for the UPR of Myanmar.
The report gathers evidence on the situation of lawyers in Myanmar. In the report, we highlight that Myanmar has not consistently upheld the necessary guarantees for the proper functioning of the legal profession to fulfil the requirements set out in the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. Consequently, lawyers encounter difficulties in carrying out their professional duties. This also undermines the proper functioning of the judicial system, including the right to fair trial and effective access to justice.
Reliable information indicates that lawyers in Myanmar have been subjected to improper interference and harassment by members of the law enforcement agencies and investigative bodies and others. They have also been subjected to threats including death threats, surveillance, and physical attacks, on one occasion leading to the death of a lawyer.
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Statement on the situation of lawyers in Myanmar
Lawyers for Lawyers is deeply concerned about the current situation in Myanmar, including the situation of lawyers. According to our information, following the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021, more than 2,100 people have been arbitrarily arrested, chargedLees verder
Joint UPR submission Myanmar
In July, Lawyers for Lawyers together with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada submitted a report for the Universal Periodic Review of Myanmar. The review will take place in January/February 2021. In the report, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada highlight thatLees verder
Joint oral statement Myanmar Human Rights Council
On 13 July 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada delivered an oral statement during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. This dialogue took place during the 44th SessionLees verder