Thursday, November 8, 2007

NYC Lawyers Appeal to Musharraf (as if he'd listen)

Yesterday, the President of the NY State Bar Association, Barry Kamins, sent a letter to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Musharraf. The letter was designed as a plea to the good nature of the General (as if he had one) to stop beating and imprisoning lawyers within their borders and to restore a separate and independent judiciary. Kamins makes reference to both international law and Pakistani constitutional law in an attempt to quell the flagrant human rights violations that are currently taking place in Pakistan. Kamins suggests that Musharraf must reestablish constitutional order as a means of preserving democratic principles in that nation. This seems to be another failed attempt at a democratic republic in the Islamic third world. But it is evident that the concerned citizens of the United States, specifically some of its legal minds, continue to evaluate the progress made internationally regarding the rule of law. Unfortunately, this kind of peaceful protest will not have the slightest impact on General Musharraf's decisions on how to govern his country. But thanks for trying, Barry. Here is the link to the letter:


Douglas E. Flynn said...

Hey..... Who hasn't wanted to beat down a few lawyers...

Anonymous said...

Contact: Oroma Mpi
(212) 382-6713

Press Advisory

Lawyers to rally in solidarity with Pakistani lawyers and judges

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2007; 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

What: Rally in support of lawyers and judges affected by emergency rule in Pakistan

Where: Steps of the New York County Courthouse; 60 Centre Street

Join the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association and other organizations in rallying support for the lawyers and judges affected by the emergency rule in Pakistan.

President Pervez Musharraf’s administration has suspended the Pakistani Constitution; suppressed freedom of speech, press, and assembly; and undermined the rule of law through the overhaul of an independent judiciary. Many lawyers and judges have been mistreated by police and detained without charges.

News clips have depicted Pakistani lawyers dressed in identical attire (dark suits, white shirts, men in plain dark ties). Lawyers are encouraged to wear similar attire to show solidarity. Please know that any business attire is appropriate and simply your attendance would be appreciated.