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 works around the world to uphold international human rights law, as well as internationally recognised human rights norms and standards. We provide expert guidance and advice to local partner NGOs, legal professionals and State institutions.
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.
BHRC and IBAHRI write to the UK Foreign Secretary regarding the serious threat to human rights and the rule of law in Sri Lanka
Dear Foreign Secretary, We are writing on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales (BHRC) and the International Bar...
BHRC and Article 19 Release Joint Statement Condemning the Sentencing of Eight Turkish Human Rights Defenders
ARTICLE 19 and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) condemn the aggravated life sentence given to Osman Kavala and the...
Further to a highly welcomed decision by the US to approve BHRC as one of only two non-US NGOs with International Observer status, BHRC has for many...
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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.
BHRC furthers interest in and knowledge of human rights primarily through training and events. In addition to holding its own events, BHRC is asked to lend its expertise to other public events around the world.
If you have questions or wish to work with us, please get in touch using the contact form.
Bar Human Rights Committee, 289-293 High Holborn London WC1V 7HZ
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