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the declaration really are. From its
inception, the declaration was criticized in some regions as a statement
of Western notions of human rights,
and that view is still widely held,
said Nasira Iqbal, a retired judge of
the Lahore High Court in Pakistan.
Iqbal defended the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam,
which articulates human rights principles in the context of Shariah, or
Islamic law. The Cairo Declaration
was adopted in 1990 by 45 representatives of the Organization of the
Islamic Conference. Iqbal described
the principles in the Cairo Declaration as complementary to the universal declaration, but some other
speakers suggested that it carved out
a separate approach to human rights
law that is limited by Shariah. “Isn’t
that driving a wedge between those
countries and the rest of the world?”
ABA President H. Thomas Wells
Jr. urged lawyers to play a leading
role in addresssing human rights issues. “As lawyers, and more importantly as independent professionals
that hold governments accountable
under law, we work in the forefront
of developing, protecting and enforcing human rights around the
world,” said Wells, a partner at
Maynard Cooper & Gale in
The program was sponsored by
the ABA Section of International
Law in conjunction with the association’s Center for Human Rights,
the New York City bar, the Paris
bar and the Italian bar.
There is reason for optimism
because the declaration created a
foundation for human rights law,
said Jerome J. Shestack of Philadelphia, an ABA past president who
co-chairs the Center for Human
Rights. “The building of the edifice
of law is very important,” he said.
“Law changes habits. People listen to law. Dissenters can use the
law as their road to spur government
into doing things. And, eventually,
the law has an effect.” ■
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