May 10, 2017
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the murder of lawyer Mia Mascariñas-Green in the Philippines.
Mia Mascariñas-Green was a public interest lawyer who was known for her work and advocacy on behalf of women, children, farmers, fisherfolk and the environment. She often took on cases and represented clients pro bono.
According to reports, on February 15, 2017, Mia Mascariñas-Green was gunned down by four men on motorcycles while driving home with her three children and a nanny. Although her children and their nanny were unharmed, Mia Mascariñas-Green was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police believe that the assassination is tied to Mia Mascariñas-Green’s legal work, as she was working on a contentious land dispute case at the time of her death.
The Law Society is deeply troubled by these reports. We strongly believe that lawyers should be able to carry out their professional duties and activities without fear for their lives, liberty and security.
The Law Society of Upper Canada urges the Government of the Philippines to comply with the Philippines’ obligations under international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
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