Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Dr. Margaret Satterthwaite
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Jana Ramsey
Human Rights Council – 53rd Session
Thank you, Mr. President.
Thank you, Special Rapporteur Satterthwaite, for your efforts in promoting and protecting the crucial principles of judicial independence and the rule of law around the world, including by shining a spotlight on some of the worst instances of state interference in what should be independent judicial processes.
The United States rejects efforts to prevent women from serving as judges and lawyers in Afghanistan.
We condemn the application of the Hong Kong National Security Law as incompatible with relevant provisions under the ICCPR and the UDHR.
And we share your concerns about steps undermining Tunisia’s judicial independence, including the dismissal of 57 judges in June of 2022.
To uphold a legal system that protects human rights, states must preserve the independence of lawyers, and must not punish lawyers simply for defending civil society activists.
An impartial, robust, and independent judiciary is a cornerstone of any democracy, and is essential for upholding human rights, ensuring access to justice, and promoting democratic governance.
I would like to ask what more states can do to insulate lawyers and judges from interference, harassment, or intimidation.
I thank you.