Twenty-eight women Queen's Counsel join international attempts to seek safety for Afgan Judges”.
Twenty-eight New Zealand women Queen's Counsel have written to the Attorney-General , asking that he endorse and support the call of Justice Susan Glazebrook, the President of the International Association of Women Judges, for the Government to play a part in securing safe passage and refuge for Afghan women judges and their families now that the Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan. They are calling on the Government of Aotearoa New Zealand to take whatever steps necessary to ensure that New Zealand plays its part in relocating the judges so that they can be safe and continue their important advocacy work outside their country. The QCs have pledged their support in the event that any are able to enter New Zealand.
New Zealand Bar Association President-Elect, Maria Dew QC, and Past President, Kate Davenport QC, stress the importance of the international community's response in protecting these highly vulnerable women judges. The fears that they have for their lives, and those of their family, are real and justified, and it is up to the global legal profession to advocate for their safety. In January 2021 two women judges in Afghanistan were murdered as they drove to work. Many have been threatened since the Taliban has seized control.