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, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - 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
    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.

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For further information: or to arrange an interview with one of the
speakers, contact: Roy Thomas at (416) 947-7619, Law Society of Upper Canada,
or Jon Clancy, Ontario Bar Association, at (416) 869-0513 ext. 348

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