September 22, 2012
Canadian Judges Stand Up to Chavez
Globe and Mail, Globe and Mail
Judicial independence is the cornerstone of democracy. This is especially true in developing countries, where laws and basic rights are often in jeopardy, and institutions are weak. A prime example is the case of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni in Venezuela. She was imprisoned by the government of President Hugo Chavez for having the temerity to release a government critic.
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