Human Rights Groups Urge Secretary of State Rice to Call on Pakistan to Restore Independent Judiciary and Lift Media Restrictions

On December 21, 2007, the Human Rights Leadership Coalition, of which PHR is a member, sent a letter urging Secretary Rice and President Bush to unequivocally call for the restoration of an independent judiciary in Pakistan and the lifting of restrictions on the media, particularly television. This letter follows a meeting with Secretary Rice on December 10, Human Rights Day, and an earlier letter, sent on November 13.

In the most recent letter, the coalition says that "the removal of independent-minded judges has rendered free and fair elections impossible, while strict curbs on media further impede accurate reporting on the political and electoral process."

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