Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

November 30, 2007 13:05 ET

The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association Hold "Gathering Calling for the Return of the Rule of Law in Pakistan"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - More than 400 lawyers attended a gathering in front of Osgoode Hall November 29, to support the call for the restoration of the rule of law in Pakistan. The event was held to show support for the lawyers, judges and human rights advocates in Pakistan who are courageously defending the rule of law in that country.

Gavin MacKenzie, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, opened the event, announcing: "We are here to raise our voices in protest and to condemn the actions of the Musharraf regime and to show our solidarity, support and admiration for our brave colleagues at the bar in Pakistan who, with extraordinary courage, have stood their ground in the face of tyranny."

This gathering is one more example of the support that Canadian lawyers, judges, their colleagues and their families are providing to the people of Pakistan and their legal community in their continuing struggle to end emergency rule and restore the rule of law.

In his remarks, Ontario Bar Association President Greg Goulin addressed
the efforts of lawyers in Pakistan and around the world standing up in support of the rule law, stating: "This is truly one of the proudest moments of our profession's history in the common law tradition; but, we can not allow our voices to soften until the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary are fully restored in Pakistan."

Treasurer MacKenzie noted, "Lawyers and judges are being targeted in Pakistan because they are the first ones who tyrants seek to silence. In Pakistan, thousands of peaceful lawyers have been brutalized and arrested for standing up for democracy in their country."

To further add to their show of support, attendees at the gathering added their names to an international petition that is being circulated. The petition is available on the Ontario Bar Association website www.oba.org.

Other speakers included Heather Ross, Law Society bencher and Chair of the Human Rights Monitoring Group; Cheryl Milne, Vice Chair, Constitutional, Civil Liberties & Human Rights Section, Ontario Bar Association; and Raj Anand, Law Society bencher.

Contact Information

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    Roy Thomas
    (416) 947-7619

    Ontario Bar Association
    Jon Clancy
    (416) 869-0513 ext. 348
    www.oba.org