Unidentified assailants shot and killed human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos last week in the central Philippines. Ramos was the 34th attorney or judge murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, according to the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers. Before the shooting, Ramos and others had been listed on posters accusing them of being communists, according to The Philippine Star.
Amnesty International called the killing a “new low in the worsening culture of impunity in the Philippines.” Legal and human rights groups demanded an immediate and thorough investigation into his killing and others like it. —Julia A. Seymour