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VENEZUELA

Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela: En nombre del pueblo venezolano expreso mi pesar por la sensible partida física de Ramsey Clark, Ex Fiscal General de EE.UU. Ferviente defensor de las causas justas y de las luchas revolucionarias de nuestros pueblos. Mis condolencias a sus familiares y al pueblo estadounidense. [Twitter]

On behalf of the Venezuelan people, I express my condolences for the death of Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General and a fervent defender of just causes and the revolutionary struggles of our peoples. My condolences to his family and to the  people of the United States.

Jorge Arreaza, Foreign Minister of Venezuela:  Lamentamos el fallecimiento del exfiscal general de los EEUU, #RamseyClark, amigo de la Revolución Bolivariana e incansable defensor de la paz y los derechos humanos. Enfrentó al imperialismo y nunca tuvo miedo de denunciarlo. Nuestras sentidas [Twitter]

Venezuela Expresses Regret on the Death of Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, expressed his regret for the death of Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States, who passed away this Saturday, April 10, at his home in Manhattan, according to information published by the New York Times. Full post: Orinoco Tribune


CUBA

Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of Cuba: He was an honest and supportive man that stood by our side during crucial battles and denounced the great injustices committed by his country worldwide. #Cuba pays him grateful tribute. [Reuters: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general and human rights activist, dead at 93]

Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, formerly Cuban Foreign Minister, then President of National Assembly: Remembering Ramsey Clark: The news of his death did not come as a surprise since it was known that his health was declining and he was also affected by irreparable family losses. But the death of Ramsey Clark is a source of pain and suffering for many in many parts of the world.

His trajectory since the 1960s was one of admirable personal integrity and fidelity to the principles that made him one of the most respected personalities of the American progressive movement. Full post, CubaNews


PHILIPPINES 

Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson Emeritus, International League of Peoples’ Struggle: In Honor of William Ramsey Clark

I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of my friend and legal counsel William Ramsey Clark who passed away last April 9, 2021.  I have the highest regard for him as a champion of human rights, a staunch defender of the people’s right to national and social liberation, a fierce advocate of just peace and a resolute opponent to the imperialist policies and wars of aggression of the US.

While he was US Attorney General under the Johnson administration, he was well known for standing up for civil liberties and civil rights, fighting against racial segregation and discrimination and enforcing anti-trust laws. It was in certain cases involving the US war of aggression in Vietnam that he had to agonize as a prosecutor on behalf of the US government.     But after he was out of government, he visited North Vietnam as a protest against the bombing of Hanoi. Full tribute


PALESTINE

Hanan Ashrawi, a former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, wrote on Twitter that Clark “was an indefatigable defender of Palestinian & human rights, a lawyer who knew & pursued genuine justice & the rights of the oppressed.” Reuters: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general and human rights activist, dead at 93]

Sami Al-Arian: Saying Goodbye to Ramsey Clark  

Champion of the People

To find a truth-teller among statesmen
Is like trying to find
A needle in a haystack
Impossible
But for every implausibility
There is an exception
That proves the rule

For those who advocate
Human Rights
Global Justice
World Peace
He is their spokesman
The conscience of the universe
An elder statesman
A truth teller

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NICARAGUA

The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity and in a special manner President-Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra and Comrade Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua expresses deep appreciation for the Life of Ramsey Clark

The biography of our great Friend Ramsey Clark and his trajectory of Struggle and Support to those of us who we have always demanded Justice, Dignity and Sovereignty for our Peoples, distinguishes him as a Man of Peace, Integrity, Discipline, and clear Commitment to Humanity and its Highest Ideals and Values.

Ramsey Clark, a Brother and Friend of Nicaragua, of Daniel, of the Chancellor of Dignity, Father Miguel d’Escoto, was near us at all times; He visited us countless times, and was distinguished by a Love that withstood all tests, both from his Institutional Positions, as well as when he was Attorney General of the United States, and later in so many other moments and events in recent History. FULL PRESS RELEASE

Camilo Ernesto Mejía: Mi homenaje personal a Ramsey Clark 

Ramsey Clark deja tras de sí un inspirador legado de compromiso y dedicación a la paz y la justicia en todo el mundo. Sin duda muchos homenajes abarcarán un relato mucho más completo de su trabajo y su legado que lo que yo pueda escribir. Pero tengo el privilegio de decir que formó parte de mi equipo de defensa legal contra el Ejército de los Estados Unidos tras mi negativa pública a volver a la guerra de Irak; creo que un breve relato de las dos veces que me reuní con él ayudará a quienes no lo conocieron a comprender el tipo de ser humano que era, y por qué tanta gente, yo incluido, llora su muerte y celebra su vida y su legado. MAS

Camilo Mejía: My personal tribute to Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark leaves behind an inspiring legacy of commitment and dedication to peace and justice across the world. Many tributes will undoubtedly encompass a much more comprehensive account of his work and legacy than anything I can write. But I am privileged to say he was part of my legal defense team against the United States Army following my public refusal to return to the Iraq war; I believe a brief account of the two times I met him will help those who never knew him understand the kind of human being he was, and why so many people, myself included, are mourning his death and celebrating his life and legacy. MORE

Sofía M. Clark: Carta de despedida de una nicaragüense al Compañero Ramsey Clark

Querido Ramsey,

Me hace gracia ver cómo gente alrededor del mundo se siente con derecho a reclamar un pedacito de ti como propio, pero era de esperar. Usted viajó por todo el mundo a lugares asediados, para dar testimonio, buscar justicia y promover el estado de derecho.

Cuando todo un pueblo estaba bajo el asalto de Estados Unidos, sintiéndose vulnerable o abandonado, usted brindó solidaridad, asesoría legal y compasión.

Ramsey, permítame entonces recontar algunas de las razones por las que nosotros, los nicaragüenses, sentimos con derecho de llamarle uno de los nuestros, “un hijo de Sandino”, nuestro hermano, nuestro amigo. MAS

Sofía M. Clark: A farewell letter from Nicaragua to Compañero Ramsey Clark

Dearest Ramsey,

It tickles me to see how people around the world feel entitled to claim a little piece of you as their own, but then it is to be expected. You travelled the globe to places under siege, to bear witness, seek justice, and promote the rule of law.

When an entire people were under U.S. assault, feeling vulnerable or abandoned, you brought solidarity, legal counsel, and compassion.

So, Ramsey, let me remind you of just some of the reasons why we Nicaraguans feel entitled to call you one of our own, “a son of Sandino,” our brother, our friend. MORE


SERBIA

Vladimir Krsljanin: On Ramsey Clark, Co-President of the International Committee “Slobodan Milosevic” 

Ramsey was one of the most brilliant and honest Americans of our time, a man who was saving the face and the soul of “America” by defending the victims of American aggressions around the world.

He has dedicated last five decades of his life to such noble struggle. We, the Serbs, had an honor to feel this to the fullest extent, and we will forever remember him as one of our greatest friends. Full message


MALAYSIA

Chandra Muzaffar – International Movement for a Just World (JUST): Ramsey Clark — One of the Greatest

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) salutes Ramsey Clark as one of the greatest champions of social justice and human rights of our time. He fought for the marginalised and oppressed within his own country and in the world at large. His record of service to the weak and the vulnerable, whoever they were and wherever they were found, is without parallel….MORE


BANGLADESH

Manas Nandy, Member, central working committee, Socialist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist): Socialist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist) has condoled deeply on the death of Ramsey Clark

Comrade Mubinul Haider Chowdhury, General Secretary of  SOCIALIST PARTY OF BANGLADESH  (MARXIST) has condoled deeply on the death of Ramsey Clark(93), the lusty and valiant fighter of world peace movement against the imperialist wars and the ex Attorney General of United States of America and expressed revolutionary tributes to the militant memories of him.

In the given statement to the newspapers he mentioned, ” People subjected to conspiratorial  aggression by the imperialists has lost a sincere friend and a valiant warfare who stood firmly by the side of oppressed humanity worldwide. Accompanying with the legal battle against the unfair war imposed by the imperialists including America, for protecting human rights and civil rights he did a tireless toil to organise people movements on these issues lifelong and dedicated himself to the purpose. MORE 


INDIA

Manik Mukherjee, Vice-President, All India Anti-imperialist Forum and General Secretary International Anti-imperialist Coordinating Committee: Homage to Mr. Ramsey Clark

The All India Anti-imperialist Forum mourns the passing away of Mr. Ramsey Clark, the former attorney general of USA, and a great humanist, an indefatigable fighter against imperialism and military aggression anywhere. As Attorney General he was forceful in his support for civil liberty and civil rights. Later he was active in anti-Vietnam war movement, and protested against US bombing of Hanoi. He realised that USA was the prime progenitor of war and was guilty of unleashing wars of aggression in different corners of the globe. MORE


IRELAND

June Kelly, International Committee “Slobodan Milosevic” –  Ireland: Tribute to Ramsey Clark 

Dear Friends. We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ramsey Clark – I am so very glad that I had the honour of meeting him on three occasions . Two being at peace conferences in Belgrade  and the third being on the sad occasion of the funeral of President Slobodan Milosevic  which was also held in Belgrade.  A day that was freezing cold yet we were warmed by the massive numbers of people who had gathered in central Belgrade to attend the President’s funeral.

May you rest in peace courageous Ramsey Clark –


LEBANON

Dr. Abdulhalim Fadlalah, General Director, Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation

On the occasion of the death of the defender off Arab issues and opponent  against American-Israeli racism, former US Attorney General Ramsi Clark, the Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation presents its sympathy and profound condolences to the  International  Action Center  and from his friends and loved ones for their loss.

Walid Barakat, Arab International Center for Communication & Solidarity

Ramsey Clark was a man of honorable peace and genuine justice. With his passing, our just Arab causes have lost a true priceless supporter, but we shall always be guided by his humanitarian torch. May God grant his blessed soul the honorable peace that he had always believed in and struggled for…


NEW ZEALAND

Kay Weir, Editor of Pacific Ecologist. The Pacific Institute of Resource Management, Wellington, New Zealand:

Condolences to you all at International Action Center –  One of the great Americans speaking out for human rights peace and honour. One of the great Americans – he will be greatly missed!   Some people should be allowed to live forever, or until these awful wars have stopped…


IRAQ

Souad Naji Al-Azzawi

Mr. Ramsey Clark, the knight who, all his life, carried a sword defending the rights of people who were oppressed by the tyranny of American policy, like Iraqis. Iraqis will never forget Mr. Ramsey Clark’s humanitarian stance,  defying the comprehensive economic sanctions imposed by the US and British administrations on Iraq.

Amidst the state of despair, frustration and starvation, Mr. Clark, with his courageous stance, proved to the Iraqis that a ray of hope will always light the way, no matter how dark tyranny makes the world. His fearlessness in opposing the US administration and his condemnation of the occupation of Iraq will also be remembered.

He was an active participant in international

and its effective participation in all  conventions held to criminalize The occupation and it’s leaders.

Ramsay Clark, heroes like you do not die but rather remain alive in the hearts and souls of the hundreds of millions who you cared about and defended, even when they thought that the whole world had abandoned them. From us, in Iraq, you have our love and prayers, may your soul rest in peace.


KOREA

Dr Dermot Hudson, Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association: Condolences to the International Action Center on the passing away of Ramsey Clark

Dear Friends of the IAC

I was saddened to hear that Ramsey Clark who was a campaigner for peace on the Korean peninsula passed away on the 9th of April. Ramsey Clark had been US attorney general but became an anti-imperialist and stalwart peace champion .

As the representative of the Korean Friendship Association of the UK I visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in July 2013 to participate in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War and the international march for peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula which Ramsey Clark despite his advanced age took part in.

I was happy and proud to be on the same platform as Ramsey Clark several times during the trip including at Sinchon Ri.

May I express my sincere condolences on my own behalf and on behalf of the UK Korean Friendship Association.


GREECE

Nadia Valavani, former Alt.Minister of Finance, Greece: An adieu to the late Ramsey Clark

Along with all of you, which is a great honor for me, this is an adieu from Greece to the late Ramsey Clark:

a rebel with a cause, with many good causes, in the epicenter of which was justice for Palestine;

a universal comrade to us all around East Mediterranean and further beyond, as in his long life he supported the struggle of the peoples in 120 countries;

an adieu to the man who as the USA Attorney General said that: “Equality is the mother of justice. If there is no equality in law, then there is no justice.” MORE


HAITI

Kim Ives: Ramsey Clark and Haiti

“It seems that, for the rest of my life,” Ramsey Clark said at the funeral of a U.S. revolutionary in 2005, “I will always be introduced as the former U.S. Attorney General.”

However, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson’s top lawyer from 1967 to 1969 will above all be remembered as one of history’s most prominent anti-imperialist, human rights, and peace activists, earning the love, respect, and admiration of millions around the globe.  MORE 


NPR: Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark dies at 93

The World,

Monday, April 12, 2021 – 4:14pm

Rupa Shenoy 5:05 minutes

Ramsey Clark took deeply unpopular positions as US attorney general in the late 1960s, standing his ground for civil rights, and opposing the Vietnam War. As The World’s Rupa Shenoy reports, in later years, he became a strident anti-war activist, earning accolades abroad, but also puzzling many by representing war criminals like Saddam Hussein. Listen LISTEN HERE


Sara Flounders, Co-Director, International Action Center : Ramsey Clark, human rights fighter – 1927-2021

We salute Ramsey Clark, who died April 9, 2021, an outspoken defender of all forms of popular resistance to oppression, a leader always willing to challenge the crimes of U.S. militarism and global arrogance. He remained optimistic that the power of people could determine history. His courageous voice will be missed.

Ramsey Clark will be remembered by people and struggles around the world as a prominent  individual who used his name, reputation and legal skills to defend people’s movements and leaders who the corporate media had thoroughly demonized.

Clark’s early belief in the U.S. role turned, through harsh experience and observation of what he considered U.S. war crimes, to a determination to challenge U.S. policy and defend the victims of U.S. aggressions regardless of personal cost. His actions, leadership and writings showed his political development over the past 60 years, above all, his actions. FULL IAC POST


William Camacaro, Bolivaran Circle, NYC: Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of U.S. Power

During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon’s arrogantly labeled “Operation Desert Storm.”

Ramsey was a quixotic figure admired by everyone on stage at the event. This former U.S. Attorney General, incredibly, opposed U.S. intervention in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. On that occasion he gave a detailed speech about the conflict unfolding before our eyes, a war in living color brought into our homes courtesy of CNN. But we saw no blood or dead bodies, only fireworks in what looked like a Nintendo video game in which very little “collateral damage” was shown. It was a long-distance war for which television viewers were kept far removed from the pain and suffering of the Iraqi victims. MORE at The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)


Victor Navasky, The Nation: There will never be another like him

I once discovered that he kept in the top drawer of his desk a little list of things he hoped to accomplish. When I thought I saw him check something off, I asked him if he might want to call this a new kind of attorney general’s list. Ramsey smiled and cleared his throat and said, “I don’t exactly approve of that other kind of list.” MORE


Jürgen Heiser, Junge Welt: NACHRUF RAMSEY CLARK
Der Verteidiger
Kämpfer gegen US-Imperialismus und Unterstützer von Befreiungskämpfen. Nachruf auf Ramsey Clark

Der frühere US-Justizminister Ramsey Clark ist am Freitag im Alter von 93 Jahren in New York gestorben. Das von ihm 1992 gegründete International Action Center (IAC) würdigte den weltweit respektierten Menschenrechtsanwalt und Kriegsgegner unter der Überschrift »Ramsey Clark Presente!« und hob seine Verdienste um den Aufbau dieses Aktionszentrums antiimperialistischer und antirassistischer Politik hervor. Der Todesstrafengegner habe unzählige Menschen angespornt, das IAC zu nutzen, »um Befreiungskämpfe zu unterstützen, sich Angriffskriegen der USA zu widersetzen und politische Gefangene im gefängnisindustriellen Komplex der USA und in den US-gestützten Diktaturen weltweit zu verteidigen«, erklärte Sara Flounders, Kodirektorin des IAC.  MORE


Basem Qaquish, Carlos Varea and Loles Oliván Hijós, The Spanish Campaign against the Occupation of Iraq and for the Iraqi Sovereignty in Madrid

It is with immense sadness that we received the news of the passing of Ramsey Clark. We are proud and honored that our paths crossed with him in the struggle for Iraq and Palestine. He will remain in our memory as a fighting human being committed to human rights and the liberation of the peoples of the world. Let us continue to transmit with his inspiration the legacy he leaves in our daily struggles.

Rest in peace


John Philpot, President, Rwandan Political Prisoners Support Network: Personal Tribute to Ramsay Clark: Iraq and Rwanda

Ramsay affected many of our lives. We followed closely his opposition to the American invasion of Grenada in October 1983. We got to know him best from his Commission of Inquiry into the US war on Iraq in beginning 17 January 1991. The Crime of aggression highlighted in the Nuremberg judgment was the underlying theme in the War Crimes Tribunal which held hearings on 28, 29 January 1992 in New York. This Tribunal which I sat on condemned the USA for the crimes against Peace, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity. He published a book, The Fire This Time, U.S War Crimes in the Gulf. This book available on Amazon.com is an anti-war textbook in international law comprehensible to all and can inspire us to join in the peace movement which is more important than ever. MORE

John Philpot, Président, Réseau d’appui au Prisonniers politiques rwandais: Hommage personnel à Ramsay Clark : Irak et Rwanda

Notre ami de lutte, l’avocat Ramsay Clark, est décédé le 9 avril 2021. Ramsay a marqué la vie de beaucoup d’entre nous. Nous avons suivi de près son opposition à l’invasion américaine de la Grenade en octobre 1983. Nous l’avons mieux connu par sa Commission d’enquête sur la guerre américaine contre l’Irak au début du 17 janvier 1991. Le crime d’agression mis en évidence dans le jugement de Nuremberg était le thème sous-jacent du Tribunal des crimes de guerre qui a tenu des audiences les 28 et 29 janvier 1992 à New York. Ce tribunal, auquel j’ai participé comme juge, a condamné les États-Unis pour crimes contre la paix, crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité. Il a publié un livre, The Fire This Time, U.S War Crimes in the Gulf. Ce livre disponible sur Amazon.com est un manuel anti-guerre en droit international compréhensible par tous et peut nous inspirer à rejoindre le mouvement pour la paix qui est plus important que jamais. SUITE


Erik-Anders Nilsson, Co-founder and Director, Jersey City Peace Movement

Ramsey Clark was a brilliant principled lawyer, organizer, writer and initiator of movements dedicated to true peace and justice.

May he Rest In Peace – and condolences to all who knew and loved him.

It was an honor working with him at various points over the last several decades.

We at Jersey City Peace Movement are so saddened.

Members donated to have a mass said in his honor in Jersey City and all are welcome.


John Catalinotto, International Action Center: RAMSEY CLARK − THE FABLE

In a country occupying North America, the best tutors money can buy prepare its rulers’ children to run society. They teach them that their country is guided by the ideals of freedom, democracy, sympathy for the underdog and charity for the unfortunate. The tutors avoid harsh reality until the year of the child’s fifteenth birthday. They then bring the youths for a month of training to “Summer Reality Camp.”

At this camp they learn that they belong to the elite class of society and are destined to rule the world, that their country was founded on the enslavement of African and genocide of Indigenous people − which they must never admit — and they must serve their class by defending and expanding its wealth and power. MORE


Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart Defense Org., New Abolitionist Movement

Ramsey displayed the best of human qualities when he said, ”I was wrong.” He displayed the rarest of human qualities when he did something about it. Ramsey presente. We miss you.


Dr. Curtis FJ Doebbler 

Ramsey always impressed with his abundance of energy and his commitment to justice. In Sudan, he was willing to sit with a group of women lawyers in the garden of his hotel despite having spent the whole day outside in burning sun in well over a hundred degree heat. The lawyers were interested to know how non-discrimination laws worked in the United States. He spoke with them until late in the evening. His energy was often in fatigable. Even in his eighties, he insisted on walking about two and half miles through Paris back to his hotel after a meeting near the Palais de Justice de Paris. And while representing the Iraqi President despite having colleagues murdered in eyesight of American forces and having to appear before an unfair court corrupted by the United States orchestration of proceedings, Ramsey borne no ill-will towards the US soldiers who were there to try to control and often intimidate the lawyers. When he arrived at the tribunal in the morning, Ramsey would often speak with the US soldiers asking them about their families and wishing them well. He would then go into court and argue to the judge that the process was unlawful as it did not provide fundamentally fair trial process knowing that the judge was probably part of the conspiracy that led to the deadly attacks on our colleagues. 

Ramsey will be greatly missed. 

Dr. Curtis FJ Doebbler: Remembering Ramsey Clark

He served his country as the 66th Attorney General of the United States from 1967 to 1969 under U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. As Deputy and Assistant Attorney General he was instrumental in drafting some of the leading civil rights and environmental legislation that any generation before or after has produced. His hand contributed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the legislation that later inspired the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA. After leaving public office he ran for U.S. President in 1972 and U.S. Senate in 1974 and 1977. Full CounterPunch post


John Parker, Struggle La Lucha

I traveled with him to many targets of U.S. imperialism and met heads of state. He had the clout to go anywhere and didn’t mind being vilified by the corporate media that slavishly toed the line of the U.S. State Department, impugning his integrity simply because he refused to go along with the lies of U.S. imperialism when they wanted to go to war, either overtly or covertly, against countries that insisted on their sovereignty and their orientation toward various aspects of socialism. MORE


Gloria La Riva, ANSWER: Ramsey Clark dies: An Attorney General who turned against imperialism

The ANSWER Coalition mourns the loss of Ramsey Clark, who died at the age of 93 on April 9. Ramsey was a devoted fighter against war and racism, and for peace and justice. Ramsey played a key role in the formation of the ANSWER Coalition in the days following the September 11 attacks.  Full Post


Henry Hagins, Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition – FMAJC-NYC: A Giant’s Passage

A freedom fighter of the highest order! A stalwart defender of the oppressed.

His record absolutely speaks for itself.

Medea Benjamin – CODE PINK

What an amazing truth-seeker. So courageous and willing to defy convention in the boldest of ways.


Kaukab Siddique: Ramsey Clark, Great Friend of Muslims, Passed Away. [Editorial, NewTrendMag.org]

I visited him at his humble abode in New York and met him during all the great protest rallies in Washington which I used to attend with zeal which could not match his vigor.

Among all our meetings, one really stands out. He came to our Jamaat al-Muslimeen’s international conference in Baltimore. He came quietly by train and left quietly but every word he spoke was worth thinking about. [The conference became the target of Zionist propaganda.] MORE


Bill Hackwell: Ramsey Clark; A Life Well Lived for the People of the World

Yesterday Ramsey Clark died at the age of 93 in New York and today justice and peace-loving people and movements in the US and around the world are in mourning for a man who stood up and fought tirelessly in support of justice, equality and against his country’s drive for endless wars.

Ramsey Clark, the son of a Supreme Court Justice, was a lawyer who began an 8-year career in the US Justice Department in 1961 where he helped draft the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, becoming the US Attorney General in 1967. During this time he took on the establishment by banning wiretapping of progressive movements, calling for the abolition of capital punishment, and banning federal executions. Full Resumen-English post


Ron Kuby, NY civil rights attorney: The progressive legal community has lost its elder dean and statesman. Over many generations, Ramsey Clark was a principled voice, conscience and a fighter for civil and human rights.


S. Brian Willson: Ramsey Clark, PRESENTE!!

Ramsey Clark was a giant human being as a justice seeker and defense lawyer. My first wife worked in the Civil Rights Division under Clark when he was the Attorney General of the United States, 1967-1969. She was extraordinarily excited because Clark was such a clear advocate for justice and fairness. He was a friend of Catholic Workers, of Plowshares anti-nuclear activists, a defender of Palestinians, Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Iraqis, among many aggrieved nations and persecuted leaders. He was a premier and fearless consistent advocate for justice among the impoverished and downtrodden throughout the world.

He also boldly, and accurately described the greatest crime since World War II has been US Foreign Policy.

He and I worked together on US prison issues in the 1970s. Later he praised my analysis of how the US purchased the 1990 Nicaragua elections with nearly $50 million US dollars, as it threatened more terrorist war if Nicaraguans did not support the US-financed candidate Violeta Chamorro.

http://www.brianwillson.com/how-the-u-s-purchased-the-1990-nicaragua-elections/

Ramsey Clark was not only a personal friend, but one of the greatest role models for my own life’s journey.


Michel Chossudovsky, Editor of Global Research: Ramsey Clark Presente’!

Ramsey Clark’s legacy will live.

I recall when I first met Ramsey in 1999, in the campaign against US-NATO, in solidarity with Yugoslavia.

We subsequently met on several occasions, last time in Tokyo in 2017, he has been a source of inspiration.

My thoughts are with Ramsey


Dirk Adriaensens: A giant has died

In 1990, then head of Amnesty USA John Healey called Clark “one of the most respected advocates for human rights in the world today.” 

The late civil rights leader Roy Wilkins once called Clark “the first powerful white man I had ever seen who took poor black people seriously.” 

Ramsey Clark was a recipient of the 2008 United Nations Prize for Human Rights. https://www.un.org/press/en/2008/081210_HR_Prize.doc.htm 

He will be sorely missed. MORE


Milos Raickovich: Ramsey Clark 
After the NATO bombing
On a beach in Herceg Novi,
Yugoslavia,
I overheard a father
Telling his son:
“Ramsey Clark is the greatest man!”
Today, I am sure
Back in Serbia tears are flowing
Ramsey is gone, but not from our hearts.
We do remember.

Frank Dorrel: “Ramsey Was One of The Most Important Truth-Tellers in The History of This Country”. 


Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca Catholic Workers: Dear Friends, We have lost a powerful, yet humble and gentle giant! Our dear brother, Ramsey Clark, a friend of Catholic Workers, a great defender of Plowshares anti-nuclear activists, a defender of Palestine, Cuba and Nicaragua, (to name a few) and defender of all issues concerning justice throughout the world, passed away this afternoon at his home, surrounded by his family. Ramsey was 93 years old.


Mark D. Stansbery: Today we are finding out of Ramsey Clark’s death, he has been an advocate for many decades for justice, peace, and revolution in the Americas.

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and those who organized with him advanced anti-imperialism without hesitation and provided great vision in how to resist the US military and economic hegemony that arose out of the Soviet ashes.

Long Live Ramsey Clark, Long Live the People! Black World Liberation for a new world that is possible!

Peace,

Columbus, Ohio


Ayman El-Sawa : A Great man of Justice Just Passed Away .. Dear Mr. Clark.. it was an honor defending justice … with You.. You will always be a great Icon for Justice … [video on Facebook]


Mike Powers : Tribute to Ramsey Clark

Another of the greats has passed away. Ramsey Clark died at 93. He was a great champion of peace and equal rights and well known and respected by anti-imperialists in many countries. The NYT could not ignore his importance, but true to course it could not tolerate his, in its narrative, radical insistence that everyone charged with a crime had the right to a lawyer or that all countries, including the US, should be held accountable for their violations of international law!  He visited Vietnam in 1972 to see firsthand the results of the US bombings as part of the Investigative Committee of the Stockholm Conference. He was a defender of anti-war activists including many of the hundreds of thousands of draft-resisters and deserters who found a refuge in Canada or Sweden and was a leading organizer of the political campaign for amnesty.  After the first Gulf War he came to Stockholm again, having visited Sweden during his honeymoon with his wife Georgia in 1949, to lead the Commission of Inquiry hearing here on US war crimes, including the burning to death of hundreds of innocent civilians in air raid shelters. When he could not stop wars from starting, he continued to demand justice for the victims they claimed. He became a symbol for the need to organize and unite against war and racism. A lasting achievement was his founding of the International Action Center in 1992 to which contributions can be made to honor his memory, his work and tireless efforts for peace.

Thank you, Ramsey! R.I.P.
Stockholm, Sweden

Ramsey was a leading opponent all of the US wars in Iraq.  He broke the sanctions in his efforts to stop the war and the occupation that was to come. He was later to become one of Saddam´s lawyers in the show trial which the New York Times still condemns him for! It was an honor to have known him. Iraq has lost a true friend.

Mike in Stockholm


Joseph Essertier, Coordinator, Japan for a World Beyond War: A wonderful man

Mr Clark inspired me to do antiwar work, beginning around the time of America’s attacks on the former Yugoslavia. Many of us in Japan were influenced by him and we read reports from the IAC frequently.


Marc Montgomery: Ramsey Clark and Peace on Earth

Few people have devoted themselves so fervently to put an end to the institution of war as has Ramsey Clark.

The beauty of his intelligence and humor and the warmth of his humanity have left a deep and abiding impression to make for a better world.

I rejoice for his lifetime especially as I recall his ties to Chicago and my own personal development.

And I am grateful for his message which reflects the integrity of his character: Regard one another with Dignity, Respect and Love.

Peace,


Elba Matos

I absolutely love Ramsey!!!!!!! I first met him when he defended Jennifer Jean Casulo, who was being persecuted because of being in solidarity with I guess progressive forces in El Salvador in the 1990. She was being held in some Salvordaran prison by the military dictatorship on trumped up charges of having a cache of arms in her backyard, something like this, it has been so long I can’t remember everything. I think I went to his office one day in Manhattan this was almost 30 years ago so it is very hazy but I remember. It is a nice thing to remember it because it is a nice and good connection. Then I remember he spoke at a rally for Mumia and the words he spoke were just so eloquent and I treasure them, the  words that he said about Mumia and  Mumia’s  suppoerters. After that I just knew that if I could I wanted to listen to Ramsey. And at his birthday celebration, the generosity of the IAC given away books written by Ramsey and others at the IAC were without precedent. Kudos to Ramsey and to each and everyone of you for all your hard war on pushing back on the war machine, no one works as hard as anti-war activist, no one gets persecuted as hard as anti-war activist.


Adekunle Theophilius

I received the news of the recent death of Ramsey Clark with tears. Although, I came to be associated with the International Action Center some few years ago, but I have both followed and admired Ramsay’s activities and trajectory for the past thirty years from the various debacles in Cuba, Iraq, Sudan, Yugoslavia, Gaza to Syria. He was like a role model who captivated me with his altruism, doggedness, selflessness , sincerity and simplicity and was a great source of inspiration and motivation to me and thousands of people throughout the world. A rare breed, first class humanist and a man of extraordinary candor, unusual benignancy, incredible empathy, deep convictions, extraordinary tenacity and infectious optimism, Ramsay Clark’s life– times, actions, writings and statements offer humanity a glimmer of hope in this very dark and uncertain epoch that there are decent people who are still honest and courageous enough to advance the frontiers of common good, social justice and non violent resistance and the cause of the weak, homeless, poor, indigenous, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

I wish to commiserate with the International Action Center and the global activists and groups who have mobilized over the years against all form of socio-economic and political tyranny and oppression over this very sad loss. May his soul rest in peace, Amen


John Pilger 

Ramsey Clark was a remarkable man. I knew him over the years and was always moved by his warmth and personal grace and his abiding passion in resisting those who would plunge us into war after war. Ramsey was a true internationalist; he believed in the humanity and right of all people regardless of their nationality to live in peace. I would say he was a truly heroic figure, and I salute him. 


Roland Van Deusen 

Ramsey Clark spoke at the dinner when I received my master’s degree at Syracuse in1975.  It was people like him that inspired me to later join Veterans For Peace.  He would have been so pleased to hear of an actual chance now to end one of our endless wars, and would be asking, “OK, now, what about Iraq?” 

Without Ramsey Clark, President Johnson would never have had the legal backup to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and 1965 Voting Rights Act.  And he alone had the courage to be that administration’s only cabinet member to publicly oppose the war in Vietnam. 

We so need his voice today, but it’s gone.  The best we can ever do to honor his memory, is to devote our lives to the very causes that drove that good man.  That’s why, as a COMBAT STRESS magazine contributing writer, I now speak to veterans’ groups to help equip them to join the fight against veteran suicide.  

And also why, as a former small-city human rights commission chair, I now let social/racial justice groups of the SMITHSONIAN Institute’s take on my suggestion for the Black Lives Matter people’s next move. I hope Ramsey’s looking down and approving.

Clayton NY 


Terry E. Lockett

Ramsey Clark was one of the world’s greatest heroes.  Anyone that listens to one of his speeches from two decades ago about U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights Violations, Gun Control Laws, American Police, or War will be amazed at how prophetic he was, how wise, and how absolutely courageous. In many ways he served as America’s conscience- correcting the lies our military, government and media told us and the lies we tell ourselves. He was a messenger bearing the truth, and an advocate for justice and human rights, whether it was a popular thing to do or not. His immense compassion took him all the way around the world, and placed him forever in our hearts.


Barry Goodman

Ramsey was my lawyer & he would often refer to me as “pal” when I came there for his advice which always made me feel welcome & much calmer. We often had tea in his office & discussed matters but I loved to hear his stories. He told me about the invasion of Granada, the prime minister of Pakistan & her father, what happened to Ben’s brother, Chaney Schwerner & Goodman… He was the most interesting person in the world. MORE


Cornelia Praetorius: Ein Gerechter und ein Helfer

Sein Verlust ist ein großer Schmerz. Sein Erbe ist aber schon mächtig angetreten im Herzen der Staaten, die nicht ruhen werden, bis Gerechtigkeit den Elenden erkämpft ist – China, Kuba, Russland – die sich als Helfer und Retter in der Pandemie erweisen und nicht akzeptieren, dass uns das Böse überwindet.

His loss causes great pain. His legacy, however, has already taken powerful hold in the hearts of the states that will not rest until justice is won for the wretched – China, Cuba, Russia – who are proving to be helpers and saviors in the pandemic and refuse to accept that evil might defeat us.


Kay Weir, The Pacific Institute of Resource Management , Wellington, New Zealand

Condolences to you all at International Action Center -One of the great Americans speaking out for human rights peace and honour. One of the great Americans – he will be greatly missed! Some people should be allowed to live forever, or until these awful wars have stopped…


Fern Tess Tishman: With gratitude and utmost love for Ramsey Clark and his spirit , life and actions.

Another incident after Desert Storm war which began with coup created by these priests (9/11/91; coup named New World Order) was of being with Ramsey Clark and Sarah Flounders, in many actions teaching us of the superior public schools and hospitals , doctors in Iraq. MORE


Muriel Tillinghast: Condolences and Respect

I am sorry to learn about the death of Ramsey Clark, a trailblazer and an exceptional human being — one in the forefront of almost every key issue facing the use of the U.S.  military and the conditions of human rights abuses from the 1960s forward.  His presence and voice will be sorely missed.


►Listen to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s speech at 20th Anniversary of IAC and Ramsey Clark 85th birthday, January 2013-Read transcript


Taylor Report CommentaryHomage to Ramsey Clark, April 12th, 2021

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