The good folks at The Century Foundation sent this word:
Are the United States and wider international community partly responsible for Pakistan’s political meltdown? Even before the year-end slaying of Benazir Bhutto, General Pervez Musharraf’s abrupt imposition of emergency rule triggered a downward spiral in Pakistan, upending the country’s legal institutions and putting in doubt the legitimacy of the electoral exercise scheduled for next month. The U.N. Special Representative on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, a Pakistani who ironically is now herself in the situation of an embattled human rights defender, led a roundtable discussion at The Century Foundation on 20 December 2007 about Guiding Democracy in Pakistan: Has the International Community Failed?
Leading off the discussion are:
Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and Secretary-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan; and
Mort Halperin, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Director of U.S. Advocacy at the Open Society Institute.
CM friend Anil Kalhan makes a lounge-y appearance as well!
I thought you might like to view the results of a survey of the Pakistani public conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org in collaboration with, and with financial support from, the U.S. Institute of Peace.
The study probes such issues as:
How much support is there among Pakistanis for democracy?
How wide and deep is support for Islam gaining a greater role in the governance of Pakistan? How much underlying support is there for Pakistan to become a fundamentalist Islamic state?
How does the Pakistani public view the country’s plethora of militant fundamentalist groups? How well do they understand what these groups are doing and trying to achieve?
How do Pakistanis feel about al-Qaeda and the Taliban operating in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)? Do they want the government to try to assert more control of these areas? Do they approve of the special status for the FATA?
To view and download the report describing the findings please visit http://www.WorldPublicOpinion.org. The press release is also pasted below. A Reuters article analyzing the findings of the poll can be viewed here.
And finally Devin Theriot-Orr and Shahid Buttar sent a Press Release from the Rule of Law Project – a report compiled by the National Lawyers Guild delegation of eight lawyers and law students who recently visited Pakistan and the Lahore University of Management Sciences. The executive summary, as well as a sign-on letter, are posted at http://nlg.org/pakistan/. The full report: Defending Dictatorship: U.S. Foreign Policy and Pakistan’s Struggle for Democracy [pdf].
My travellin’ ways kept me from the spreadin’ and the notifyin’ ….