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In the month since Pakistan arrested hundreds of lawyers and sent its Supreme Court justices to jail, there has been some evidence that pressure from citizens in the United States and elsewhere has led Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf to ease up in his assault on the rule of law. But emergency rule continues, lawyers and Supreme Court judges remain imprisoned and the fairness of forthcoming elections is in doubt. Now, American Bar Association President William H. Neukom is asking concerned lawyers to sign a petition that he will deliver to Pakistan's ambassador in Washington Dec. 13. Titled "A Message to Pakistan from America's Lawyers," the petition calls on President Musharraf to:

  • Restore the Constitution.
  • Reinstate the Supreme Court justices.
  • Release jailed lawyers and civil leaders.

In a letter Neukom sent to ABA members Monday, he encouraged them to sign the petition, saying, "I urge you not to look aside, as if standing up for the rule of law is somebody else’s job. Add your name, be seen and be counted." As of this writing, nearly 11,000 lawyers and law students have signed, including this writer. All you need to do is visit this page and submit your name. You can see who has signed already here.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 5, 2007 at 03:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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