Wednesday, February 25, 2009


New Zealand diplomats have finally made contact with Mark Taylor, the kiwi held in Pakistan on suspicion of links with Islamic militants. And fortunately, he reports being well-treated and has not been tortured. The next step has to be to end his detention. Currently Taylor has been detained for two weeks, but he has yet to be charged with any offence. The New Zealand government needs to make it clear to Pakistan that detention without charge or trial is unacceptable and contrary to the undertakings it made when signing the ICCPR. The Pakistani government should therefore either charge him with something, or release him.