September 22, 2012

Canadian Judges Stand Up to Chavez

Globe and Mail, Globe and Mail

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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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