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SIHRG leads training project on 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, practising family law experts and the British Embassy in Minsk.

The first session for criminal judges was held 12th September and solicitors Robert Rush and Susan Fitzgerald visit on 26th September for a seminar with civil judges. The programme continues thereafter.



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 September 2017 : CLICK HERE

UN Civil Society Update 13th September 2017

UN Jurisprudence Database

Rights In Russia weekly update

Reporters Without Borders - Regular Reports


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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.