The Philippines/HRW: Another Rights Lawyer Murdered in the Philippines

November 7, 2018

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By most accounts, Benjamin Ramos died doing exactly what he had always done as a human rights lawyer: helping his clients free of charge. On the evening of November 6, Ramos was taking a break from assisting a client when gunmen on a motorcycle shot him three times. Ramos was 56 years old.

Ramos’s murder in the central Philippine province of Negros Occidental is shocking but, sadly, not surprising in a country where impunity for extrajudicial killings and other serious rights violations, including “drug war” murders, prevails.

Lawyers like Ramos who represent the most marginalized people in the Philippines have themselves also been victims of abuse. For his work, authorities vilified Ramos as a communist and harassed his colleagues. According to the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, which he helped establish, Ramos was the 34th lawyer to have been murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

Ramos’s murder also underscores the persistence of injustice in Negros, where landlessness has bred decades-old agrarian conflict. Ramos was representing families of victims of last month’s Sagay Massacre, when nine activists were gunned down after joining a protest on a sugarcane plantation. These protests, known as “bungkalan,” have often resulted in violence in Negros and elsewhere, as peasants and farmers occupy contested property and are met with resistance from landowners. Three decades since the Philippines’ “People Power” uprising spurred demands for change, agrarian reform remains an unfulfilled promise.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/07/another-rights-lawyer-murdered-philippines?fbclid=IwAR1MnP24sOP3oL9NNCP39F8NqOJ0Z5xgzw72QN73W6MGiB2-sbvS_x6wTqA

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/philippines-murder-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-new-low

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/08/lawmakers-condemn-killing-of-sagay-farmers-lawyer/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1773024/Bacolod/Local-News/Lawyers-groups-condemn-murder-of-fellow-lawyer-in-Bacolod

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/202741/mabinay-6-devastated-by-activist-lawyers-slay

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/07/18818887.php

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/673842/chr-expresses-concern-over-murder-of-nupl-lawyer/story/

http://manilastandard.net/news/national/280020/ejks-committed-by-drug-dealers-not-sponsored-by-state-sotto.html

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/08/drilon-condemns-sagay-lawyers-killing-minority-bloc-calls-for-senate-probe/

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/07/palace-condemns-killing-of-nupl-lawyer/

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/07/diokno-hilbay-condemn-murder-of-negros-human-rights-lawyer/

https://www.jurist.org/news/2018/11/philippines-lawyers-union-condemns-killing-of-human-rights-lawyer/

http://www.ptvnews.ph/ibp-negocc-slams-killing-of-sagay-farmers-lawyer/

http://ptvnews.ph/police-assures-thorough-probe-of-negrense-lawyers-slay/

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1051958/duterte-denies-govt-hand-in-lawyers-murder-why-would-i-kill-a-lawyer

http://visayas.politics.com.ph/dont-panic-about-ben-ramos-killing-vg-lacson-tells-negrenses/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1773016/Bacolod/Local-News/Progressive-groups-link-state-forces-to-lawyers-slay

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1052044/lawyers-slay-leaves-negros-farmers-in-fear

https://www.panaynews.net/ibp-negocc-murders-demoralize-lawyers/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/674000/nupl-lawyer-s-slay-shows-persistence-of-injustice-in-negros-hrw/story/

And in the Philippines the killing of human rights defenders also continues with Benjamin Ramos

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/216239-list-judges-prosecutors-lawyers-killed-under-duterte-government

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/philippines_human_rights_attorney_benjamin_ramos

http://politics.com.ph/nancy-slams-pattern-of-violence-against-lawyers-after-murder-of-sagay-farmers-counsel/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1773203/Bacolod/Local-News/Governor-Alfredo-Mara-ntildeon-Negros-Occidental-is-still-peaceful

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/11/09/1866963/illegal-gambling-eyed-slay-human-rights-lawyer

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1052376/widow-hits-police-for-linking-slain-lawyer-to-gambling

https://byncan.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/justice-for-atty-ben-ramos-end-impunity-now-statement-of-bayan-canada-on-the-assassination-of-peoples-lawyer-ben-ramos/?fbclid=IwAR02_MVQ5hfdulAVmqcOlmrN2QRcSmZ01-Usk-GftD9359FYm7Mfh6RY6yQ

Posted by UP National Union of Peoples' Lawyers on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z8CDNn_y831dbveu5mTfg6fNyoeyM4eyiCUjxbi7vCg/edit?fbclid=IwAR3X6EGXWdHo-SAmTNymdihKnUy6WgFXrVGAOg3qZ8BuvSVLaSSlKesB_uE (PLEASE SIGN URGENT APPEAL!)

https://www.cnnindonesia.com/internasional/20181109124501-106-345224/pengacara-pengkritik-duterte-tewas-ditembak (TAGALOG)

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/11/08/18/pagpatay-kay-human-rights-lawyer-benjamin-ramos-kinondena?fbclid=IwAR1cXWj3lRCv2bRuk36uGj6lXj0SKQ0hXVkrBoTRmUf-lQoQxJ8yHbTaVsc (TAGALOG)

https://astm.lu/lastm-denonce-fermement-lassassinat-de-benjamin-ramos-directeur-de-son-organisation-partenaire-pdg-aux-philippines/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.vivasalud.be/news/ben-ramos%C2%A0-un-avocat-au-service-des-luttes-du-peuple-philippin?fbclid=IwAR33cxD-31wArhYpLG1ji-7Rl02IovRLvvQyGZwH3-5QYpNzJ5-SZHaX0t0 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/philippines-un-34e-homme-de-loi-ete-assassine (FRANCAIS)

https://brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2018/11/07/internacional/1541600406_267466.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/newsroom/kofler-zum-mord-benjamin-ramos/2158370 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/philippinen-menschenrechtsanwalt-ramos-erschossen-ld.1434491 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/philippinen-bundesregierung-verurteilt-ermordung-von.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=943451 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tpi.it/2018/11/09/ultime-notizie-oggi-ultima-ora/ (ITALIANO)

https://catracalivre.com.br/cidadania/advogado-defensor-dos-direitos-humanos-e-morto-nas-filipinas/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/filipijnen-mensenrechtenadvocaat-benjamin-ramos-vermoord (NEDERLANDS)

#StopTheKillings

#JusticeForAttyBenRamos

#StopAttacksOnLawyers

#EndImpunity

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