Saturday, August 5, 2023

Has the Supreme Court of Pakistan blinked?

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has put on indefinite hold the several cases challenging the government's use of military courts to try civilians, ostensibly because legislation to create proper appellate rights for persons tried under the Army Act. Dawn has the story here

Giving direct appellate review rights to the civilian courts is a step in the right direction, but the human rights issue is more fundamental: human rights principles strongly disfavor the trial of civilians by military courts. By the time a case reaches the appellate stage, the damage is already done.

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