The following is the English translation (thanks to Claude Almansi) of a message to lawyers and the judiciary in Pakistan who have been arrested in the past few days by the Chairman — Yves Repiquet, of the Paris Bar Association. First blogged here (in French) and the original press release (in French) is now available here.
Communique on Pakistan: indignation of the Betonnier de Paris
(Chairman of the Paris Bar Association)
Yves Repiquet, Chairman of the Paris Bar Association, voices his indignation and very strong preoccupation after the severe and repeated impairments against the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He condemns the repression that strikes Pakistani lawyers who, for having demanded that the judges’ independence be preserved, saw their freedom of expression – a necessary condition of all legally based democracy.
He reminds of the friendship links uniting the two bar associations and states the solidarity of the lawyers of the Paris Bar association with the Pakistani lawyers.
Axelle de Chaille
Phone : 01 44 32 49 39
adechaille AT avocatparis.org