Turkey must uphold fair trial rights in the case…
We believe that Turkey must uphold the right to a fair trial for those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi.
HE Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Republic of the Philippines
Since 2016, it’s been reported that three judges, seven prosecutors and an estimated 34 lawyers have been killed for exercising their professional duties in the Philippines.
On 6 November 2018, Benjamin Ramos, a Philippine lawyer, was killed by unidentified gunmen while leaving his office. He was a founder and member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, a nationwide voluntary association of human rights lawyers in the Philippines committed to providing legal services to the marginalised sectors of Philippines society.
On 23 August 2018 another Philippine lawyer, Raphael Atotubo, was murdered by an unidentified gunman in the town of Bacolod.
In 2017, the president of the Philippines was reported to have ordered national police officers to shoot lawyers who represent clients associated with the “war on drugs” and those who “obstruct justice”.
Such public statements put members of the legal profession at risk, undermine access to justice and the rule of law in the Philippines.
We respectfully urged the relevant authorities in the Philippines to:
2017 – president of the Philippines was reported to have ordered national police officers to shoot lawyers who represent clients associated with the “war on drugs” “obstruct justice”
23 August 2018 – Raphael Atotubo, a Philippine lawyer, was murdered by an unidentified gunman
6 November 2018 – Benjamin Ramos, a Philippine lawyer, was murdered by an unidentified gunman
17 December 2018 – we wrote to the president of the Philippines