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Mutual defense, mutual respect for human and people’s rights:Not partnership for impunity
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:51
Mutual defense, mutual respect for human and people’s rights:Not partnership for impunity
Being both State signatories to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), the Philippines and the United States of America have the trinity of obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human and people’s rights of its own constituencies but also the people of each other’s country.  The UDHR, since December 10, 1948, has become a main feature of international customary law.  Many of the aspirations of the UDHR have come from the Constitutions of both countries.  These aspirations which later evolved into international human rights laws were meant to enhance also its own laws and policies governing relations with each other.
The signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) in Washington, D.C. on August 30, 1951 forged a “common determination to defend themselves against external attack”  as well as a “collective defense for the preservation of peace and security  pending the development of a more comprehensive system of regional security in the Pacific area”.
The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) is an implementing agreement of the MDT.
Certainly, the MDT and the VFA are also obliged to mutually implement the trinity of State obligations, not tolerate human rights violations, much less put up with impunity.
The MDT and the VFA are not meant:
To have a death before a medical mission. On July 2004, a 54 year old Moro woman was reported to have died of heart attack when two helicopters suddenly landed in their corn land in barangay Manarapan, Carmen, North Cotabato. The two helicopters were used by the American troops in the clearing operations before the medical mission could be conducted in the barangay.
To refuse cooperation and transparency, by Filipino and American authorities, in deaths like that of Gregan Cardeno, a contract worker from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay hired by SkyLink Security Agency, who was reported to have committed suicide last February 23, 2010 inside a military camp in Camp Ranao, in Datu Saber town, the home of the 103rd Brigade of the Philippine Army.  Indications led Gregan’s family to  think that Gregan was sexually abused due to his enlarged scrotum, the enlarged opening of his anus and the injuries of his head.  The Bulatlat report further said that an autopsy by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), upon the request of the Cardeno family, revealed puncture wounds on Gregan’s right foot, on the left inner part of the leg and on the upper right arm.  These could be signs of serious ill- and inhuman treatment.
To include massacres as part of a “joint exercise” as in February 4, 2008, wherein eight civilians, including three women and two children were killed when forces from the Army’s Light Reaction and the Navy’s Special Warfare Group attacked barangay Ipil, Maimbung, Sulu.  US troops were said to be involved in the massacre.
To violate the Filipinos’ economic, social and cultural rights by wandering without updated guidance and consequently destroyed last January 17, 2013 the protected Tubbataha marine sanctuary, declared by UNESCO as one of the World’s Heritage Site.
Lives and rights - one too many have been sacrificed with impunity by the MDT and the VFA.
PAHRA will join those who work for the abrogation of both the MDT and the VFA.
PAHRA shall also contribute in forging Defense Agreements from a rights-based and an International Humanitarian Law approach which strengthens especially command responsibility, accountability and upholding Philippine sovereignty.
February 12, 2013
Mutual defense, mutual respect for human and people’s rights:Not partnership for impunity
pahra_logo_copyBeing both State signatories to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), the Philippines and the United States of America have the trinity of obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human and people’s rights of its own constituencies but also the people of each other’s country.  The UDHR, since December 10, 1948, has become a main feature of international customary law.  Many of the aspirations of the UDHR have come from the Constitutions of both countries.  These aspirations which later evolved into international human rights laws were meant to enhance also its own laws and policies governing relations with each other.
The signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) in Washington, D.C. on August 30, 1951 forged a “common determination to defend themselves against external attack”  as well as a “collective defense for the preservation of peace and security  pending the development of a more comprehensive system of regional security in the Pacific area”.
The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) is an implementing agreement of the MDT.
Certainly, the MDT and the VFA are also obliged to mutually implement the trinity of State obligations, not tolerate human rights violations, much less put up with impunity.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:56
 
Notice to victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime
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Friday, 08 February 2013 18:10
NOTICE TO VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNDER THE MARCOS REGIME


“AN ACT PROVIDING FOR REPARATION AND RECOGNITION OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS DURING THE MARCOS REGIME, DOCUMENTATION OF SAID VIOLATIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES” was already ratified by both houses of Congress and is set to be enacted into law upon signing of President Aquino expected on Feb. 25, 2013 during the EDSA People Power Commemoration

The Act will provide for :
  • Monetary reparation by point system based on gravity of HRV suffered
  • Non-monetary reparation in terms of services/programs  by appropriate government agencies
  • Recognition in Roll of HRV Victims to be memorialized through the establishment of a Memorial/Museum/Library

The law will only be implemented within 2 years after its signing.  Filing of claims/waiver is only within 6 months upon completion of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)  which should be completed 15 days after the appointment of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board by the President.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 18:15
 
PIFA Calls to Stop, not Pause Cyber Martial Law
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 16:08
PRESS RELEASE
Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA)
14 January 2013
BLACK TUESDAY: RELOADED
PIFA Calls to Stop, not Pause Cyber Martial Law
The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), made up of different organizations, netizens, and bloggers, held its first protest this year as it continues to fight for freedom of expression and against the Cybercrime Law.
The group revived its silent protest, the third since the passage of the said bill last year.
“This is our third Tuesday of silence. The Supreme Court must decide before everyone is unjustly silenced everyday.” Kenneth Keng, PIFA Spokesperson, said.
PIFA is the 15th petitioner against the Cybercrime Prevention Act or RA 10175. The grounds for the petition included: the law as a violation of the right to privacy, as a violation to equal protection, and as a violation to free speech. Individuals and organizations part of PIFA were the signatories of the said petition.
An online black-out also continues as support of the protest. People have once again changed their profile photos into black. Both the online and offline protests serve PIFA’s battle-cry, “Stop Cyber Martial Law!”
“The TRO given by the Supreme Court does not stop Cyber Martial Law, it has only been put into a pause. This means that losing our freedom of expression is just looming around the corner.” Ayeen Karunungan, also a spokesperson of PIFA, said.
PIFA calls for the repeal of the law. “The Cybercrime Law does not answer the problems we are facing in the Internet. We call for the repeal of the law and to craft a new one that will truly serve its purpose,” PIFA spokesperson, Red Tani, added.
PIFA is a broad alliance of organizations and individuals who stand together to protect our basic rights to liberty and dignity – including the right to privacy, and freedom of expression, speech, sexuality, and mobility – on the Internet and who opposes RA 10175 which contains provisions that are oppressive, susceptible to abuse, and against the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. It is an open alliance and anyone who share the same advocacy may join.
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PRESS RELEASE
Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA)
14 January 2013
BLACK TUESDAY: RELOADED
PIFA Calls to Stop, not Pause Cyber Martial Law
The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), made up of different organizations, netizens, and bloggers, held its first protest this year as it continues to fight for freedom of expression and against the Cybercrime Law.
The group revived its silent protest, the third since the passage of the said bill last year.
“This is our third Tuesday of silence. The Supreme Court must decide before everyone is unjustly silenced everyday.” Kenneth Keng, PIFA Spokesperson, said.
 
AMRSP statement on the Tampakan massacre
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Saturday, 10 November 2012 17:27

AMRSP statement on the Tampakan massacre

“Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us...? (Exodus 2:14)”

 

amrspWe, the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines condemned the treacherous killing of Family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI) in their ancestral domain area during a raid conducted by the military at their farm house. Three (3) members of Capion family died while the youngest daughter was wounded. The massacre on October 18, 2012 at about 6:30 in the morning in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, is a manifestation of heartlessness and ruthlessness on the part of the perpetrators and criminals in uniform who were members of 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

 

AMRSP denounces this massacre for no one has the right to deprive anyone of the gift of life through an unjust and inhuman way. We demand justice for the members of Capion family who were brutally murdered. The voice of the woman victim who was pregnant and her children who were helplessly killed while still in bed shouted for justice to the heavens! We cannot simply be silent with this show of impunity for aside from the fact that the victims were defenseless; a mother and her children, their only sin is to stand for what they think is truthful and just!

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 November 2012 17:32
 
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