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International Attorneys Criticize Treatment of Lawyers in Zimbabwe

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International Attorneys Criticize Treatment of Lawyers in Zimbabwe
In news from Africa, a group of international judges criticized the treatment of lawyers in Zimbabwe. The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists said it was "shocked" by the extent of government abuse of the legal and judicial system.

  • Claire L"Heureux-Dube of the ICJ: "The mission is disturbed that the unjustifiable harassment, detention and beating of lawyers has only increased tensions between the Law Society and the Government. Such treatment is interfering with the proper functioning of the administration of justice, the role of lawyers and their independence and is making it difficult for lawyers to act for clients viewed by the government as dissidents."

Nixon Nyikadzino of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition praised the findings of the International Commission of Jurists.

  • Nixon Nyikadzino: "What the report is basically doing is to prove what we have always said as Zimbabweans who are concerned that, the situation back home is actually deteriorating and getting into an extent whereby we really need a quick and fast intervention, particularly through the initiative that are taking place when President Thabo Mbeki is going to negotiate."

GOP Blocks No Confidence Vote on Gonzales
On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans blocked a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday. But more than a majority of the Senate indicated that they no longer had confidence in the Attorney General. This is Democratic Senator Charles Schumer from New York.

  • Sen. Schumer: There is no liberal or conservative or Democratic or Republican position on the Attorney General's lack of independence or commitment to rule of law. It is virtually unanimous."

Seven Republicans including Arlen Specter joined Democrats in allowing the vote to go forward. But the Democrats failed to get the needed 60 votes to end debate and have the vote take place. Independent Joseph Lieberman voted with the Republicans. President Bush said he still has confidence in Gonzales.

  • President Bush: "They can try to have their vote of no confidence, but it’s not going to determine — make the determination, who serves in my government."
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