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New govt must free judges: HRW

ISLAMABAD: The new government must swiftly release all the top judges President Pervez Musharraf detained last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday.

The New York-based watchdog wrote a letter to the election’s big winners, Asif Ali Zardari of the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif, urging them to restore an independent judiciary.

HRW Asia Director Brad Adams also accused Britain and the United States of refusing to speak out against Musharraf. “The refusal of the United States and the United Kingdom to press Musharraf to restore the judiciary is shameful,” he said.He added: “Now is the test: will they continue to support Musharraf at all costs, or will they support the rule of law?”

“Your parties have provided an important opportunity to start a transition towards a rights-respecting government that abides by the rule of law,” Adams wrote in the letter to Zardari and Sharif.
Source: The News
Date:2/23/2008