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24-28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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WRI have received a small grant to enhance their networks of activist widows groups and lawyers dealing with cases related to harmful cultural mourning rites and the inhumane treatment of widows. It is gathering information with a view to sharing good practice in improving the rights of widows. If you are a lawyer or judicial officer working in this field in Sub-Saharan Africa or know of a widows group or law firm undertaking such work, WRI would like to hear from you so that it can build up a repository of good practice and lessons learned and case law. See www.widowsrights.org

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13 June 2017

Judicial Conference of Australia issues a statement on the Grossly Improper and Unfair Attack on the Judiciary of Victoria. Click here for the Statement



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September 2017
CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement condemning the Threats against the Judiciary of Kenya following the decision of the Supreme Court on 1 September 2017 annulling the Presidential Elections.

July 2017
CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement in support of the Judiciary of Kenya.

June 2017
The CMJA joined a Statement presented by the International Bar Association's Human Rights Initiative during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers held in Geneva on 12 June 2017.

The Hon. Justice Kipling Douglas, Hon. Life President of the CMJA and former President passed away on 18 June 2017. See Tribute to the Life of Justice Douglas from the Cayman Islands Chief Justice

May 2017
The CMJA was delighted to welcome the Judicial Conference of Australia as a New Member Association of the CMJA.

The CMJA and Commonwealth Secretariat ran a course on on judicial independence, ethics, and the protection of human rights in Dhaka, Bangladesh for 39 magistrates at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The conference was opened in the presence of Mr Justice Muhammad Imman Ali of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. It included several notable speeches and presenters, including Mr Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, High Court of Bangladesh, Judge Ray Rinaudo, Chief Magistrate of Queensland in Australia, and District Judge Shamim Qureshi, the CMJA Director of Programmes. The Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Mr Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was the Keyniote Speaker at the Closing Ceremony. The Course was organised and facilitated by Mr Mark Guthrie, Legal Advisor to the Justice Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

March 2017
The CMJA participated in the Commonwealth Law Conference held in Melbourne, Australia. The CMJA President, Chief Judge Dr John Lowndes chaired the session on Judicial Indepedence. The CMJA Secretary General, Dr Karen Brewer also participated in the Conference.

February 2017
CLA, CLEA, CMJA issued a Joint Statement on the arrest of lawyers and Judges in the Cameroon.

January 2017
The CMJA was delighted to receive a Gift of £2500 from the Patron's Fund which will be used to print and widely distribute the "Guide for the Magistrate in the Commonwealth: Fundamental Principles and Recommended Practices". See Press Release


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