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Yale Law School Community Releases Statement on Pakistan

Image of paperweight of Yale Law School logo, via the Yale site.From the Yale Law School website:

The following statement was released Wednesday, November 7, 2007, by Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Peter Schuck, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fellow in Law Jeff Redding, and other members of the Yale Law School and legal communities.* If you would like to add your name to the list, please email your name and title to Carolyn Poole.

*Institutional affiliations are provided for identification purposes only.

We, the undersigned friends and members of the Yale Law School community—faculty, students, alumni, administration, and staff—denounce in the strongest terms General Pervez Musharraf’s recent assault on the rule of law in Pakistan. By suspending the Constitution; dissolving the Supreme Court and the provincial High Courts and replacing them with judges of his own choosing; engaging in arbitrary and unprovoked arrests of thousands of opposition leaders, journalists, and other law-abiding citizens; and violently suppressing protests by hundreds of lawyers (including graduates of our school) who were acting in the highest tradition of our profession, General Musharraf is trampling upon the very system of law that alone can justify a ruler’s power over his people. We stand in solidarity with our fellow lawyers and the democratic values that they represent, and we urge an early restoration of legality and legitimate authority in Pakistan.

View the petition and signatures here.

One Response to “Yale Law School Community Releases Statement on Pakistan”

  1. Busy with other things, I have just encountered this item. Well done, Eoin, for publicising it. I have been wondering why something of the kind had not been done. What Musharraf has done is without any precedent that I can remember. I will be signing the petition and will be urging all my friends to do so.

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