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SIHRG upcoming events:

Wednesday 6th December 2017

University of Law Bloomsbury London 6.00pm

How Can Lawyers Defend Media Freedom in the World?

Rebecca Vincent UK Bureau Director of Reporters Without Borders will provide a world overview with examples of the restrictions and challenges going on world wide. See our link opposite to numerous reports from RSF. She will be followed by lawyer Ayse Bingol of Media Defence Initiative as to the possible difference active lawyers could make to challenge the pressures.


Click HERE for flyer


Last event:

SIHRG organised at the University of Law, Bloomsbury, a lecture on Thursday 28 September given by Thomas Halpin, a Specialist Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, entitled “Challenges in Prosecuting Domestic Torture” focussing on the case against Colonel Kumar Lama, an officer in the Nepalese Army. The lecture covered the legal and factual foundation for the prosecution, the many and varied challenges that litigating a case where the torture occurred in Nepal presented, how these were overcome and the lessons to be learned from the case

Click HERE for a full report on the case by Alastair Logan OBE.

Click HERE for the event flyer.

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SIHRG leads a training project on child rights and juvenile justice in Belarus 2017-2018

The Group has been commissioned by the FCO to spearhead seminars with judges and lawyers in best practice in juvenile justice. We are co-operating with Nottingham Trent University, London South Bank University, practising family law experts, our own members with defence law experience and the British Embassy in Minsk.

The first session for criminal judges was held 12th September and solicitors Robert Rush and Susan Fitzgerald visited on 26th September for a seminar with civil judges. SIHRG member solicitor Ros Olleson visited for sessions with criminal judges and defence lawyers on 9th and 10th October and the team returned again 24th and 25th October for sessions with investigators and prosecutors. The programme continues in 2018 with sessions for more judges and civil society.



For non-lawyer activists we have published a "Straightforward Guide for Criminal Trial Observers". We are prepared to publish editions adapted to any country and to permit the Guide's translation to any language. Just contact us via the contacts page

The new committee of SIHRG has been elected as follows:
  • Chair: Alastair Logan OBE
  • Vice-Chair: Ruby Sandhu
  • Treasurer: Anne-Marie Irwin
  • Secretary: Sebastian Rounds
  • Education & Training Officer:  Lionel Blackman
Committee members:  Chara De Lacey, Samuel Moodey and  Francesca Allen

A rule change ensuring only solicitors serve on the committee and that para-legals and students may only serve if co-opted has been carried without a vote against.  Also, no two or more committee members may have a strong involvement in the same firm or NGO/interest group.






Recent events: see archives.






SIHRG has a comprehensive suite of online Guides to international human rights law. CLICK HERE to access the Guides, now for free.




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UN Wire: 15th December 2017 : CLICK HERE

UN Civil Society Update 13th December 2017

UN Jurisprudence Database

Rights In Russia weekly update

Reporters Without Borders - Regular Reports


ALL MEMBERS CAN SUBMIT NEW IDEAS FOR PROJECTS ONLINE......................Click here     

  • NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING will be December 2017.  CONTACT ADMIN IF YOU HAVE MATTERS TO RAISE 
  • MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO CONTRIBUTE ARTICLES FOR PUBLICATION ON OUR WEB SITE AT ANYTIME - SEND TO ADMIN
SIHRG trainers have returned from St Petersburg October 2016, January and February 2017 where seminars were conducted on the role of lawyers at the police station, trial observation skills and advocacy training and ethics. The collaboration was extended to further lectures in three Siberian cities in March.  See REPORT HERE.

Following successful trial observation training for Turkish lawyers and activists SIHRG is completing a written guide for trial observers working in Turkey.

SIHRG joined forces with OpenTrial to provide training in Malawi in April in trial observation skills and the use of OpenTrial's special mobile app. See the REPORT and flyers for the training HERE.


SIHRG observers have completed a trial observation of two Burmese migrants on trial on the island of Koh Samui Thailand for the murder of two British citizens in September 2014. The verdict of guilty and death penalties was delivered on Christmas Eve 2015. The  REPORT is available HERE.


Other reports are available via the trial observation link on the left.



Alastair Logan OBE delivered a summary of the Guildford Four case and law reform in this broadcast created at the request of Citizens Watch St Petersburg and promoted on their Russian website.