Current campaigns

  • The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami, on June 8, 2001.

    They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.

    The Five were falsely accused by the U.S. government of committing espionage conspiracy against the United States, and other related charges.

  • Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is a "No War" clause. It went into effect on May 3, 1947, immediately after World War II. In the article text, the Japanese Government formally renounce war as a right of sovereignty and the refusal to settle disputes using military force. The article also states that military forces with war potential will not be maintained.

  • During the American war against Vietnam, the Americans used many chemical weapons. In addition to chemicals like napalm which burned and maimed many people, the United States used chemical agents to defoliate much of the land of south Vietnam as a way to deprive armies of the north and their allies in the south food and shelter from forest cover.

    IADL opposed the use of these chemicals at the time of the war because of their indiscriminate use against civilians as well as their potential toxic effects on people and the environment.

  • On February 6, 2010, 43 health workers taking part in the First Responders Training were illegally arrested by combined elements from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police in Morong, Rizal.

  • In Pakistan, lawyers and their organisations have been active in the struggle for a Constitutional Democracy and Rule of Law for a long time. The first such struggle was initiated countrywide by the bar associations at Lahore, Karachi and Dacca in the early sixties after the country's first martial law was imposed in 1958. Though short lived, since it was taken over by political parties, this movement was launched at a time when bar councils had not even come to exist yet.


  • Chin Peng is the former secretary general of the Communist Party of Malaysia. After living in exile for years Chin Peng notified the Malaysian government of his intention to return to reside in his country of birth.

    Although he complied with the terms and conditions of the Haadyai Peace Agreement, to date the Malaysian government has refused its obligations under the Agreement.

  • Since February 2005 at least ten lawyers and at least one judge were murdered in the Philippines.  Many others are intimidated daily, threatened and are being followed.  Most murders are committed men on a motorcycle who shoot their defenceless victim in the back while driving by.


Western Persecution: Is the HRC equipped to protect refugees from the West?

The increasing attacks on Western whistleblowers pose a serious threat to democracy and human rights.

Colap: 5th Conference of Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific: Human Rights and Peace Amidst Global Economic Crisis and Conflict

The 5th Conference of Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific was held on Human Rights and Peace Amidst Global Economic Crisis and Conflict.

International conference on a Democratic New International Economic Order

A Democratic New International Economic Order is now a requirement in all countries of the world whose peoples are victims of domination by financial powers.

Statements and resolutions