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End the list! Sign and Ratify the Convention Against Disappearances Immediately!-CAED
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:15
CAED Statement on the International Week of the Disappeared

"End the list! Sign and Ratify the Convention Against Disappearances Immediately!"

11265477_10153314294307673_8178387056375191908_oJonas Burgos, Rudy Romano, Hermon Lagman, Joseph Belar, Jovencio Lagare, Romualdo Orcullo, Diosdado Oliver, Artemio Ayala, Arnold Dangkiasan, Edgardo Estojero, Renato Topacio, Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeño, Leo Velasco, Manuel Manaog, the list of the disappeared goes on with no end in sight. They may have been silenced, but their friends and families continue to speak up. And now, their friends and families demand that government end the list immediately.

In observance of the International Week of the Disappeared, the Coalition Against Enforced Disappearance (CAED) stands in solidarity with other organizations around the world in pushing for the universal ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPAPED). CAED calls on the Philippine Government to sign and ratify the Convention immediately!

“In a country plagued by impunity and a weak justice system, it is imperative that we ratify the Convention as it will complement our domestic law,” said Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso, CAED Convenor and Secretary-General of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD). The Philippines is the first country in Asia that enacted an anti-enforced disappearance law (RA 10353), and yet no perpetrator has been convicted under such law.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:26
 
Urgent Appeal: Killing of a Human Rights Defender
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Monday, 25 May 2015 11:53

URGENT APPEAL

May 21, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Killing of a Human Rights Defender

Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the killing of a former priest who is a human rights defender.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP, kindly send email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4378054.

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Title:                                        Labastilla EJK

Case:                                       Extra-Judicial Killing

Victim:                                    Teresito Mula Labastilla, 46 years old

Date of Incident:                    February 12, 2015

Place of Incident:                    Dionisio Micayabas Street, North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon

Perpetrators:                            Unidentified motorcycle-riding men

Motive:                                    Land-related; connected to victim’s advocacy in helping the CARP beneficiaries

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Account of the incident:

A former priest and human rights defender of indigenous people and farmers was killed by unknown assailants on a motorcycle at Dionisio Micayabas Street, North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon last February 12, 2015, around 7:45 in the morning.

Teresito Mula Labastilla, also known as Fr. Sito, 46 years old, dropped his son at Maramag Central School on the morning of the day of the incident. While Labastilla was about to leave the school premise, he was peppered with bullets by the two motorcycle-riding men. His son Tristan Matthew, who just got down from the vehicle, heard a series of gun shots and heard his father calling him. He saw their Isuzu Samurai vehicle accelerate toward the concrete wall, skidded and overturned with his father still inside.

Shocked onlookers ran towards the overturned vehicle and helped Labastilla get out. The men aboard the motorcycle sped off. The victim was bloodied and unconscious. The onlookers helped lay him down on the concrete road while they waited for a vehicle to bring Labastilla to the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag. He was declared dead on arrival. He sustained three gunshot wounds in his neck, face and chest. The attending physician said that all the bullets went through his body. The police investigated the crime scene and recovered four empty cartridges of a .45 caliber gun.

Arline Amigo, Labastilla’s live-in partner, learned about what happened when someone went to their house in Barangay Base Camp, Maramag to fetch her and accompany her to the hospital. But at that time, she thought that Labastilla was only injured. When she arrived at the hospital, she was directed to the morgue. Amigo was distressed and disoriented. She and Labastilla were soon to be married.

Witnesses recounted to her that the two assailants rode a white or blue XRM motorcycle that had no plate number. Both men were wearing masks. The victim was about to leave the area after he brought his son to school when the back rider of the motorcycle shot the back tire of Labastilla’s vehicle. The victim was then shot three times. Tristan Matthew was almost hit by the motorcycle. He told his mother that he already noticed the motorcycle-riding men since December 2014. The suspects usually stood by the front of his school and he saw them every time his father dropped him off at school.

Labastilla was a well-known environmental activist in the province. He was a priest for 14 years and was assigned in Malaybalay City, Lantapan, and San Fernando, Bukidnon diocese. He left the priesthood in 2000 and had his own family.

He ran for mayor in Lantapan, Bukidnon in 2010, but lost. The current mayor filed a case of Oral Defamation against Labastilla. A day before he was killed, he was convicted and had the penalty of imprisonment for ten days and was ordered to pay ten thousand pesos (P10,000). During his campaign, Labastilla said that he desired for honest and sincere services to be given to the people of the municipality. His main advocacy was for the issues of land and water to be resolved for the farmers and indigenous people in his area.

He is also the spiritual adviser and consultant of the local organization called Bukidnon Agrarian Reform and Agri-Business Multipurpose Association (BARAMA). The organization was established last February 3, 2008. It promotes organic farming among the IPs and farmers in the province.

Agrarian reform beneficiaries in Barangay Base Camp, Maramag were having difficulties in occupying the awarded 34 hectares of land after a former owner sent private armies to the area and harassed them. The beneficiaries solicited advice from Labastilla and he accommodated them. He used his vehicle and drove for the farmers when they needed to make follow ups regarding their case. Amigo and the other people close to Labastilla think that this might be the reason why he was killed.

Maramag Police Chief Jose Sevillero recently visited Amigo and showed her a cartographic sketch of one of the suspects. She said that she hopes that the case will be resolved soon and that justice will be served.

Amigo now fears for her life and her children’s. They have noticed motorcycle-riding men going around their residence.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 11:57
 
Inform, Assert, Defend - What is “the respect and protect HRDS campaign?”
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Friday, 01 May 2015 12:43

WHAT IS “THE RESPECT AND PROTECT HRDs CAMPAIGN?”

EDUCATE – (INFORM)

HRD_logo_female_and_male_copyIt is an information campaign with our networks about who human rights defenders (HRDs) are. It will highlight, publicize, and discuss cases of human rights violations perpetrated against HRDs. This aims to generate solidarity and public awareness.

 

It is a campaign to inform the public that those who defend human rights often face risks and challenges.  They become victims of harassment, arrest and detention, vilification campaign, sometimes even torture, or worse, enforced disappearance, or extra-judicial killings.

 

It is an awareness campaign on the rights that HRDs as individuals have and which the State has the obligation to protect.

 

ASSERT – (CLAIM OUR RIGHTS)

Provide network with a platform to present HRDs’ work to encourage the public to assert and defend human rights.

 

That there is a Declaration for the Protection of HRDs adapted by the United Nations (UN) that recognizes the risks HRDs face. That it recognizes and acknowledges the vital role of HRDs in human rights issues, both in international and domestic levels.

 

  • Everyone has the right to promote and strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Everyone has the freedom of assembly, association and the right to communicate;
  • Everyone has the right to know, seek, receive and disseminate human rights information and form/hold opinions on the matter for public attention;
  • We have the right to develop new human rights ideas and advocate for their acceptance;
  • We have the right to effective access and participate in the conduct of public affairs, and to submit proposals and criticism;
  • We have the right to an effective remedy and protection from violation, the right to complain about official acts, the right to observe trials, and the right to unhindered access to international bodies;
  • Everyone has the right to participate in peaceful activities publicizing human rights violations and to be protected against violence or adverse discrimination.

DEFEND – (TAKE ACTION)

Generate support and mobilize participation in creative actions in calling for the government to respect and protect HRDs.

 

Initiate a solidarity campaign for all issues concerning different sectors. Initiate actions to support individual cases of HRDs and call for accountability of perpetrators towards ending impunity.

Mobilize advocates to call on the government to respect and protect HRDs and urge people to assert and defend human rights.

 

GENERAL CALL:

A CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT AND PROTECT HR AND HR DEFENDERS

  • Protect Human Rights Defenders!
  • Stop criminalization of HR work!
  • Stop the killings and harassment of HRDs!
  • End impunity of human rights violations against HRDs!
  • Enact a law protecting human rights defenders!

 

A CALL FOR PEOPLE TO ASSERT AND DEFEND HR

  • Uphold, assert, and defend human rights!

 

Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 12:49
 
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