American human rights lawyer Ramsey Clark (Ramsey Clark, 93) died. As the attorney general under President Johnson, the lawyer enacted many important laws against racial discrimination. In later life, he became a controversial dictator and legal counsel to a country hostile to the United States.
The Texan said that everyone deserves equal rights and the best legal support. He comes from a well-known political family. His father served as Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during the post-war period of President Truman. When his son started his career at the Ministry of Justice, he gave up this position. This is to prevent potential conflicts of interest.
Clark is firmly committed to equality and civil rights, and has helped implement the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, which prohibit all forms of racial inequality and discrimination. Therefore, among other things, the separation of education and public housing is impossible.
After serving, Clark continued to work as an international lawyer. He firmly criticized US intervention abroad, advising and defending controversial leaders, such as Libyan leader Gaddafi, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and Liberian President Charles Taylor.
In the late 1990s, Clark protested NATO’s military actions against Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. Later, he provided legal advice to Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who was tried in the Yugoslavian court in The Hague for war crimes.
Clark attended Milosevic’s funeral in 2006 and has always defended him. Clark said that figures like him and Saddam Hussein are “brave warriors, enough to stand up to the great power.”
He continued to travel the world until he met with government leaders and dissidents in Bulgaria and Syria.
Clark continued to insist that he was the guardian of international human rights. He said: “Equality is the mother of justice. Without legal equality, there is no justice.”
Acknowledgements from Cuba and the Palestinian Territories
Supporters and former clients of Clark expressed their gratitude for the work done by activists and lawyers, thanks to social media. For example, Hanan Ashrawi, a former member of the Palestine PLO, called him “a tireless human rights defender.”
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called Clark an “honest man who is on our side in the constant struggle with great inequality in his country.”
The Presidential Library dedicated to introducing President Johnson’s legacy said it mourned the death of Clark, who was known as a dedicated servant of public welfare undertakings. Also praised his commitment to the Civil Rights Act, which will celebrate its 53rd anniversary tomorrow.
Clark died yesterday at his home in New York.