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Green activists and rights groups launch campaign asking PNoy to prioritize peoples’ rights and environment over profit from mining
On Mining
Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:27

PRESS RELEASE

July 19, 2014

Green activists and rights groups launch campaign asking PNoy to prioritize peoples’ rights and environment over profit from mining

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A week before President Benigno Aquino’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28, rights groups, environmental activists and advocates intensified their call for PNoy to act decisively on what according to them is the root cause of grave abuses on human rights and environment impacted on mining affected communities.

 

They reiterated the need to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and certify as urgent the legislation of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

 

The group is holding a nationwide appeal addressing President Aquino, through maximizing all forms of actions, including appeal letter sending, mass actions and social networking site.  They are initiating a simultaneous and nationwide campaign which they dubbed as “Sa SONA: Dapat Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Dapat AMMB Ipasa NA!” a week before the SONA.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:34
 
Human Rights Advocates Say “Never Again to Martial Law!”
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Friday, 11 July 2014 16:54
Human Rights Advocates Say “Never Again to Martial Law!”

 

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Quezon City – Human rights advocates led by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) vow to never let martial law happen in the country again. In “Remember Repression…Remember Courage…Remember Resistance - A Gathering of Human Rights Defenders”, victims of human rights violations during martial law recalled their experiences during the Marcos dictatorship.

 

The disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, a Redemptorist priest who was abducted by the military exactly 29 years ago today was also called to mind during the activity. Sr. Crescencia Lucero, SFIC, TFDP Co-Chairperson said however, that Fr. Rudy’s case was just among the thousands of cases of human rights violations during the Marcos regime. She added, “Thousands have been arrested and tortured. There were those who disappeared but were fortunate enough to have surfaced alive. Some were found, but already dead. Others were killed outright – salvaged, massacred – left with no chance to survive.”

 

During the event, TFDP also launched its virtual Museum of Courage and Resistance, otherwise known as the Martial Law Museum. It is an online version of the museum located at the TFDP office in Cubao, Quezon City. Pictures of victims of human rights violations, staunch human rights advocates, and important incidents during the dictatorship are just some of the files and memorabilia that can be found in the museum. The list of victims of martial law whose cases have been documented by TFDP, as well as those mentioned in its publications can also be accessed online.

 

The launching of the virtual museum, with support from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, is part of TFDP’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. TFDP was established by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) during the height of martial law. “Let [the museum] be TFDP’s small contribution in the resistance against lies and deception being spread to portray the martial law years as this country’s glory days. The truth must come out. It must be told and upheld at all times,” declared Sr. Lucero.

 

Photo_by_Rommel_Yamzon2With the enactment of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime can now apply for compensation. With its documentation of more than 9,000 cases of human rights violations during martial law, TFDP committed to assist the victims in their application. The outcome of the law should be consistent with history. It should represent the stories of the victims’ suffering during the dark years of martial rule.

 

One story of pain and anguish is enough to break anyone’s heart; but each account of torment is also a testimony of courage. The victims’ stories put together reverberate their resolve that never again should the Marcoses be at the helm of power. Never again should martial law or any of its form happen. ###

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 17:09
 
Virtual Museum of Courage and Resistance
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 21:46

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There is a current agressive social media campaign to rewrite the history of the Filipino people. Using graphics and great musical score, it retells the story of the Martial Law period in a favorable light, giving credence to the action of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. It also tried to trivialize the martyrdom and sacrifice of those who have struggled to regain our democracy.

On the previous projects of the Museum of Courage and Resistance, we tried to fill this void by having the Museum come to the students. We tried to educate by taking our museum on a tour around different universities and colleges all over the Philippines to share the story of the Martial Law era, not only the atrocities of human rights violations during the period but also the strength of character shown by the Filipino people in fighting against the dictatorship. We organized forum to discuss the importance of these stories to our present condition and that we, as people should continue in striving for real democracy and the absence of human rights violations.

Unfortunately, we can only reach so much audience. Because of limited resources, we could only organize this event in a number of school in the country, we could also bring only limited number of material per leg of the tour.

To reach a bigger number of audience, specially the younger generation we have created this Virtual Museum of Courage and Resistance to make it accessible from all parts of the world. It will also be beneficial to older demographics, who may not be physically available to tour the museum will have an access throught the online site.

This project is supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

 

here is a current aggressive social media campaign to rewrite the history of the Filipino people. Using graphics and great musical score, it retells the story of the Martial Law period in a favorable light, giving credence to the action of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. It also tried to trivialize the martyrdom and sacrifice of those who have struggled to regain our democracy.
On the previous projects of the Museum of Courage and Resistance, we tried to fill this void by having the Museum come to the students. We tried to educate by taking our museum on a tour around different universities and colleges all over the Philippines to share the story of the Martial law era, not only the atrocities of human rights violations during the period but also the strength of character shown by the Filipino people in fighting against the dictatorship. We organized forum to discuss the importance of these stories to our present condition and that we, as people should continue in striving for real democracy and the absence of human rights violations.
Unfortunately, we can only reach so much audience. Because of limited resources, we could only organize this event in a number of schools in the country, we could also bring only limited number of material per leg of the tour. To reach a bigger number of audience, specially the younger generation, we have created this virtual version of the Museum of Courage and Resistance to make it accessible from all parts of the world. It will also be beneficial to older demographic, who may not be physically available to tour the museum will have an access through the online site.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:31
 
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