March 20, 2017
The Law Society of Upper Canada* expresses grave concern about the suicide bomb attack against judges in Pakistan.
Reports indicate that on February 15, 2017, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a van carrying four judges in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing the driver of the van and injuring the judges.
Shortly thereafter, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing and warned that further attacks targeting the judiciary should be expected. A spokesperson for the militant group stated, “We would continue to target Pakistani judiciary and judges as they are helping imprison the mujahideen.” The term “mujahideen” refers to the group’s fighters.
In response to the attack, the Sindh High Court Bar Association demanded that the federal and provincial governments provide adequate security to members of the judiciary and the legal profession in Pakistan. Meanwhile, lawyers in various cities across the country participated in strikes and protests.
The Law Society of Upper Canada urges the Government of Pakistan to comply with Pakistan’s obligations under international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary.
Articles 1 to 6 of the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary state: