independence and respect for legal principles of a properly constituted court of legally trained judges. If Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or other Awami League Leaders have committed any offence under the Law of Pakistan, there is no reason why they should not be brought before the internationally respected civilian courts of the country".
The International Commission of Jurists protests the Pakistan Government's decision to try Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before a secret Military Court for “waging war against Pakistan” and other offences. The International Commission of Jurists urgently appeals to the Pakistan Government to discontinue the military trial of Sheikh Rahman and recommends to this Sub-Commission that it makes a similar appeal. The Secretary- General of the United Nations has already expressed his own deep concern with respect to this trial and its effect on the possibility for peace in the area.
The International Commission of Jurists and the other twenty-one international non governmental organizations who have co-sponsored the statement before this Sub-Commission urgently appeal that this organ take constructive action at this session on the question of the respect for human rights in East Pakistan”.