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the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

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"The Judiciary as Guarantors of the Rule of Law"
Georgetown, Guyana

18-22 September 2016



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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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18-22 SEPTEMBER 2016
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August 2016
The CMJA is delighted to announce the launch of the we are delighted to announce the launch of the updated A Guide for the Magistrate in the Commonwealth: Fundamental Princples and Recommended Practices (formerly "The Magistrate in the Commonwealth : A Training Manual").We are deeply grateful to the CMJA President, Chief Judge, John Lowndes for all his assistance with this Guide. Click here for further information.

June 2016
The CMJA, CLEA and Rechters voor Recthers (Judges for Judges) issued a Statement relating to the judges in Botswana in 2015 on 16 June 2016.

The CMJA supported the International Commission of Jurists oral statement given to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June 2016 on "Judicial Accountability and Attacks on Lawyers" which co-incides with the launch of the ICJ's new Practionners Guide on Judicial Accountability.

The CMJA also supported the International Bar Association Human Rights Initiative's oral statement on "Indicators of Independence of Justice Systems" which was delivered ot the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June 2016.

The CMJA and CLA provided a Joint Written Briefing on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of judges and Lawyers in anticipation of the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers held on 15 June 2016.

The CMJA was represented by Council Member, Mrs Sybil Roach Tennant, JP and the CMJA Secretary General at the Joint Commonwealth Secretariat /British Red Cross seminar, "Law, Humanity and the Commonwealth," held in London on 13 June 2016

As Her Majesty The Queen is the CMJA Patron, we were invited to send two representatives to the Patron's Lunch held on the Mall in London on 12 June 2016. Despite the inclement weather, Dr Karen Brewer and Temi Akinwotu were present on the day. The CMJA also sent a letter of congratulations to Her Majesty on her birthday in April 2016.

Justice John Logan represented the CMJA and spoke on "Relationship between Parliament, the Judiciary and the Executive" at the 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Seminar held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 7-11 June 2016.

May 2016
The CMJA Secretary General participated in the Commonwealth Meeting for Civil Society, Business and Government Leaders on Anti- Corruption on 11 May 2016 at Marlborough House, London. This meeting was organised prior to the Anti- Corruption Summit organised by the British government on 12 May 2016.

April 2016
The CMJA was invited to participate in the International Commission of Jurists Conference on Emerging Threats to Judicial Independence held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 28-29 April 2016. His Hon. Justice Charles Mkandawire, Council Member and ICJ Commissioner spoke about the importance of implementing the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles at the Conference.

March 2016
The CMJA supported the International Bar Association's Human Right Initiative (IBAHRI) oral submission on 17 March 2016 to the UN Human Rights Council on "The Role of the UPR in advancing human rights in the administration of justice". The IBAHRI also prodcued a report on the same issue which was also launched on port which was launched on 17 March 2016. A copy of the report is available from the IBAHRI website. Click here for the report.

February 2016
The CMJA Secretary General, Dr Karen Brewer, participated in a mission to Bangladesh with Mrs Katalaina Sapolu (Director) Mr Mark Guthrie (Justice Section) sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat's Rule of Law Division.

January 2016
The CMJA Director of Programmes, Judge Shamim Qureshi, along with Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale (Turks and Caicos Islands), Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn (Cayman Islands) and Mr Mark Guthrie (Rule of Law Division, Commonwealth Secretariat) undertook separate training of police prosecutors and magistrates in Guyana on domestic violence issues. We are grateful to the Commonwealth Secretariat for their support of this training. The opening was attended by the President of Guyana and Chancellor Carl Singh, Head of the Guyanese Judiciary.


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