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BHRC Letter to MPs on Ceasefire for Gaza February 2024

February 20, 2024
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) is an association of practicing barristers, legal academics, and law students dedicated to protecting the rights of advocates, judges, and human rights defenders around the world, and to promoting the principles of justice and respect for fundamental human rights internationally through the rule of law. It...

BHRC publishes 2022-2023 Biennial Report

January 27, 2024
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales is pleased to publish its Biennial Report for 2022-2023, which highlights and spotlights the extraordinary work, activities, initiatives and advocacy of BHRC, our partners and our members in this two-year reporting period.   With a foreword by the immediate past Chair Stephen Cragg KC, Barrister at...

STATEMENT: Designation of Palestinian NGOs and civil society groups as ‘terrorist organisations’

November 9, 2021
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) joins many international bodies and organisations in expressing its grave concern regarding the decision taken by the Israeli Defence Minister on 19 October to designate a number of prominent Palestinian NGOs as ‘terrorist organisations’ pursuant to the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Law of 2016. The United Nations...

Statement

May 17, 2021
  BHRC has received support and criticism for the letter that it wrote to the UK Foreign Secretary on Thursday.1 This response is intended to provide clarity on issues raised following its publication.   BHRC is a separate organisation from the Bar Council and is not part of the Bar Council’s committee structure.2 Whilst BHRC operates...

BHRC appoints Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Professors Christine Chinkin and Kevin Jon Heller to Advisory Board

June 20, 2019
BHRC has appointed three prominent international law experts to its advisory board, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Professors Christine Chinkin and Kevin Jon Heller.  BHRC’s Advisory Board is made up of previous BHRC Office Holders, senior members of the Bar and the judiciary, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or service to the field...

BHRC partners with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

February 23, 2017
The Bar Human Rights Committee has partnered with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival for a series of screenings of documentary films The Settlers and They Call Us Monsters, taking place at the Barbican and Picturehouse Central in March 2017. The Settlers The Settlers cracks open the world of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank:...

Bar Human Rights Committee condemns increasing attacks against Palestinian human rights defenders

May 20, 2016
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) has today issued a statement expressing serious concern over ongoing threats and attacks directed at Palestinian human rights defenders. BHRC highlights a pattern of death threats, harassment and violence aimed at curtailing the work of Palestinian human rights defenders and activists. This includes death threats issued...