Watchdog: Pakistan's Military Courts 'Disaster' for Human Rights

Global advocate for justice is calling on Pakistan not to use the tenure of its military courts to try civilians for terrorism-related offenses, saying that doing so would constitute a "disaster" for human rights.The military tribunals have been in operation since January 2015. At that time, the Pakistani parliament authorized them for two years to conduct trials of suspected terrorists in a bid to deter growing terrorism in the country.The authorization was extended for another two years and will lapse on March 30 unless lawmakers approve another extension.In a statement issued Wednesday, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said that the military "justice system” is a “glaring surrender” of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Pakistan. The ICJ said, "Fears that repeated extensions risk making an abusive and discredited process effectively permanent."The ICJ denunciation comes as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government consults with opposition parties on legislation to extend the tenure of the courts...............

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