Trying civilians in military courts clear violation of int'l law: AmnestyBreaking

May 19, 2023

Amnesty International on Friday raised concerns over Pakistan’s decision to try May 9 rioters under the Army Act, saying using military courts to try civilians is a clear violation of international law”. In a tweet, the NGO stated that “there are several provisions under ordinary criminal laws that can be used to prosecute vandalism and destruction of public property”. “The right to a fair trial, guaranteed by Pakistan’s Constitution, is severely undermined by this move and cannot be justified. It must be struck down immediately,” the statement added.

The statement by the human rights NGO comes as the top military brass resolved earlier this week that those involved in attacks on military installations and personnel following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan would be brought to justice through trials under the relevant laws of the country, including the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secret Act.

Credit: Independent News Pakistan-INP