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398 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE tee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as well as submissions for the Universal Periodic Review (“UPR”) of countries. LRWC files complaints and reports with UN Special Mandate holders such as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. LRWC communications within the human rights system of the OAS include amicus briefs in proceedings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. LRWC attends and participates in international proceedings as well. LRWC has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and therefore can attend and participate in meetings of UN bodies and provide written and oral submissions. LRWC representatives attend all three sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva each year. LWRC is also a member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and as such is entitled to attend and participate in the annual meeting of the assembly of states parties in The Hague. In addition, LRWC provides amicus briefs to domestic courts about international human rights laws and state duties regarding one or more of the rights impacted by any particular case. For example, in September 2016, a joint amicus brief (in Turkish) written by LRWC and the Law Society of England and Wales was filed with the Constitutional Court of Turkey setting out the nature and scope of Turkey’s international legal obligations (arising from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights) to ensure rights and freedoms at issue in criminal proceedings against two lawyers (namely, rights to participate in public affairs, liberty, pre-trial release and a fair trial, as well as freedoms of expression and assembly). The two lawyers were subsequently granted pre-trial release. Their trial on charges arising from their criminal defence work is ongoing. An amicus brief (in Thai) written by LRWC and the International Commission of Jurists (“ICJ”) was filed with the Bangkok South Provincial Court in July 2016. In March 2017 a joint amicus brief (in Khmer) written by ICJ and LRWC analyzing criminal defamation offences within the context of Cambodia’s domestic and international law obligations to ensure freedom of expression was filed for consideration by the Supreme Court of Cambodia in the appeal by a defender from conviction for defamation, malicious denunciation and publication of commentaries intended to unlawfully coerce judicial authorities. In Canada LRWC intervened in the Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada1 case before the Ontario Court of Appeal and will apply to intervene before the Supreme Court of Canada to offer that court assistance regarding Canada’s international human rights obligations and


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