Monday, December 3, 2012

ICJ President Calls for Prompt and Effective Response to Terrorism

New Delhi, Dec 02: Calling for a prompt and effective judicial response to terrorism, President of the International Council of Jurists Dr Adish C Aggarwala today urged jurists across the world to join hands to free the world of the menace that has hampered not only peace but the economy of the world.

He, however, highlighted the need to put in place safeguards to ensure that anti-terror laws themselves do not generate into tools of terror in the hands of few.

“The end of law must be justice. Therefore, we must ask ourselves the question as to how far we have been able to fulfil the mission of law to deliver justice. Despite the enormity of the legal system and the high esteem it commands, ther are some serious problems which need urgent attention”, he said at the ongoing two day International Conference of Jurists.

Dr Aggarwala, who is also the Chairman of the All India Bar Association, said India and many other civilized nations are passing through a critical juncture and have witnessed an unprecedented spate of terrorist attacks.

“Terrorism is a global problem and internationally collaborated efforts are needed to tackle it. In these extraordinary times, the law is expected to take the lead and to strengthen national efforts to boost our security. It must rise to the occasion and make it conducive for an integrated effort to curb terrorism”, he said.

The eminent jurist said the present situation bestowed special responsibility on jurists to take a fresh look  at the present legal structure and examine the need for change.
“The endeavour must be to bolster our defence without disregarding he basic human rights of our citizens. Safeguards must be placed so that anti-terror laws themselves do not degenerate into tools of terror in the hands of few”, he cautioned.

Dr Aggarwala said the two day conference has been organized to discuss the urgent need for judicial rforms to keep pace with the rapid changes taking place in the global economy and to reexamine te constantly evolving role of the judiciary so as to be responsive to the needs of society.
            For further details, Pl contact: Dr Adish C Aggarwala: 9958177904; 9868510674

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