Promoting and Protecting Human Rights Through the Rule of Law
The Bar Human Rights Committee is the independent, international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales. It is dedicated to promoting justice and respect for human rights through the rule of law.
BHRC supports and protects those who are oppressed in their work or face retaliations through harassment, persecution, violence or arbitrary arrest, detention and death.
BHRC improves understanding and implementation of international human rights protections through education, awareness-raising and bespoke international human rights law training.
COLOMBIA: BHRC publishes interim report following observation of the “12 Apostles” trial of Santiago Uribe Vélez
17 August 2021 – The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) has today published its interim observations from the trial of Santiago Uribe Vélez in Colombia. This report is published to support the justice process in Colombia and to keep awareness and...
Bar Council, BHRC and Law Society urge UK Government to offer asylum to legal professionals in Afghanistan
The Bar Council, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, and the Law Society of England and Wales have issued a joint statement on the situation for legal professionals in Afghanistan, with particular concern for women judges in the country. “The Bar...
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) is seeking an energetic and experienced administrator to support the Project Officer in delivering and facilitating the varied and expanding work of the organisation and its membership. We are looking for...
BHRC has joined a group of 72 international non-governmental organizations and individuals calling on the Hong Kong government to drop the charge of “inciting unauthorized assembly” against Chow Hang-tung (鄒幸彤) and unconditionally release her. The text of the letter...
Joint Statement: Global Coalition Calls for Release of Detained Egyptian Human Rights Lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer
Tomorrow 20 July 2021, on the occasion of lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer’s 41st birthday, we, the undersigned organizations, urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him and strike his name from the ‘’terrorist list.’’ Mohamed El-Baqer is a...
CHINA: Joint Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide
28 June 2021 – The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the Bar Human Rights Committee for England and Wales, the Coalition for Genocide Response, the Glocal Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the International Federation for Human Rights,...
Where We Work
The remit of BHRC extends to all countries of the world, apart from its own jurisdiction of England and Wales. This reflects the Committee’s need to maintain its role as an independent but legally qualified observer and critic.
Activities & Publications
Public statements and letters of concern are an important means of holding governments to account, highlighting specific legal concerns and drawing international attention on alleged violations.
The resource-intensive nature of preparing amicus to a high standard means that BHRC seeks to intervene only in the gravest cases of suspected violations of a defendant’s fair trial rights. In most cases, this involves those facing the death penalty. BHRC condemns the death penalty as a means of punishment, but also is concerned with the flawed circumstances in which it often is applied.
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