Friday, January 16, 2015

HRW op-ed about Pakistan's military courts

Phelim Kine
This op-ed about Pakistan's military courts by Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch's deputy area director, highlights several reasons why such courts are not the best way to fight terrorism. His conclusion:
Instead of undermining the judiciary through the illusory quick fix of military trials for terrorism suspects, the government should instead seek to boost the capacity of both the police and the judiciary against such threats. It needs to realise now that any misuse of military courts can lead to human rights violations. What we need is a rights-respecting response to militant atrocities. A commitment to uphold the rule of law and to strengthen the civilian judiciary would be a far more powerful weapon against militant atrocities.

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