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IBA promotes rule of law.

The International Bar Association has launched a global campaign to bring about collective support for the adherence to, and advancement of, the rule of law.

A long-time advocate of upholding the rule of law, The Law Society of England and Wales is actively supporting the call of the IBA and also opposing arbitrary arrests; secret trials; indefinite detention without trial; cruel or degrading treatment or punishment; and intimidation or corruption in the electoral process.

IBA President Francis Neate has written personally to Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair after announcing the launch of the worldwide campaign at the IBA's recent annual conference in Prague, where the representatives of the world's major bar associations and law societies passed a resolution on the rule of law put before the IBA Council.

Neate proposed the resolution in direct response to what he says is the increasing erosion around the world of the rule of law.

"It is imperative that the global legal community stands united in its commitment to ensure that the fundamental principles of the rule of law are upheld," Neate said. "The right to a fair and public trial without undue delay, an impartial judiciary, and a strong and independent legal profession are all fundamental values of a civilized society and ensure stability and prosperity. I call on all heads of state, members of the legal profession, and CEOs of world-class corporations to speak out in support of the rule of law within their respective communities."
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Date:Apr 15, 2006
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