The New Zealand Bar Association supports calls by the President of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Judge Susan Glazebrook, for the New Zealand government to help ensure safe passage and safe haven for Afghan women judges and their families. Judges face grave danger following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Bar Association President Paul Radich QC echoes IAWJ concerns about
vulnerability of the 250 women judges in Afghanistan. “While all judges in this country are in danger, we have clear evidence that women judges are particularly vulnerable. Earlier this year, two female judges were murdered on their way to court. They were clearly targeted. The IAWJ reports that judges are even now receiving threats like “where are you going to hide now?”
The Bar Association states that it is important for the maintenance of the rule of law that the
The international community supports these judges by offering them and their families a safe passage out of Afghanistan. New Zealand should work with its partners involved in the Afghan evacuation to ensure this happens. “In many parts of the world, judges risk harm in doing their jobs. They should know that the international community will help them when needed. ”
The Bar Association believes that an urgent response could include expanding support for the evacuation from Afghanistan to those who are particularly vulnerable to attack. In addition, the government could consider speeding up visas and providing relocation and relocation to those in need. There should also be an immediate pause on the deportation of people to Afghanistan.
Mr. Radich insists on the need to step up in a humanitarian approach, as well as
commitment to world order. “These judges have answered the call to serve their country and their
communities. They did so with the assurance that they would be supported by the international intervention in Afghanistan. The international community cannot now abandon them.