Bar Council urges Attorney-General of Pakistan to take action over recent violence against lawyers

29 May 2014

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has written an open letter to Salman Aslam Butt, the Attorney-General of Pakistan, expressing concerns over the recent killing of the lawyer Rashid Rehman, and reports of violence against lawyers in Pakistan.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"Members of the legal profession in this country face significant challenges to the justice system and access to justice, but we must always remember our colleagues in other jurisdictions where the Rule of Law is under threat.

"They face much graver challenges, including intimidation or threats of violence for carrying out their professional duties. We support the right of Pakistani lawyers to represent their clients free from physical attack and fear of persecution. We shall continue to speak up on their behalf."

The letter can be read in full here.


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