The Philippines Lawyers for Lawyers mission because of continuing violence against lawyers and judges
29 March 2008

The Philippines Lawyers for Lawyers mission because of continuing violence against lawyers and judges

Philippines

Once again the L4L sends a fact finding mission consisting of lawyers and judges to the Philippines. This time to investigate why the violence against their Philippine colleagues continues. The mission is a follow-up to the fact finding mission that L4L sent to the Philippines in June 2006. The findings of this mission were alarming: Philippine lawyers and judges were on a large scale threatened, intimidated or murdered because of their practice. Notwithstanding the serious allegations that Philippine government military troops were involved, effective measures were not taken by the government. In April 2008, the Philippine government claimed in front of the UN Human Rights Commission that her approach to the extrajudicial killings was successful and that it had the utmost priority. Although the number of murders has recently dropped, Philippine lawyers and judges still fear for their lives. Since 2001, 22 lawyers www.best-cialis-online-pharmacy.com/ were murdered. At the beginning of this year judge Roberto Navidad was shot in the middle of the day; he was the 15th judge to be killed according to the Philippine Supreme Court. To this day hardly anybody has been convicted for the murders. The fact finding mission takes place from 4-13 November 2008 and aims to verify the status of the cases investigated in 2006 and to investigate new threats. The fact finding mission will also look into the effectiveness of the measures the Philippine government claims to have taken to stop the extra judicial murders and to bring the culprits to justice. Lawyers without Borders also partakes in this mission that furthermore is actively supported by the Dutch, Flemish, Philippine and Amsterdam Lawyers Associations, the Dutch Association for the Judiciary, the Judges for Judges Foundation and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada. You can read the resumé of the IFFM report ‘From Facts to Action’ of 24 July 2006 and the the full report here .

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