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Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
Human Rights Defenders to Government: Comply with UPR Recommendations -iDEFEND
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Monday, 22 May 2017 14:58
1_copyQuezon City- Human rights advocates today held a press conference to report on the events at the recently concluded UN Universal Periodic Review in Geneva. The UPR’s report on the Philippines has been received by the government, which has until September to respond formally to the body. In the interactive dialogue of the review, 95 delegations made statements following the presentation of the Philippine delegation. Most of them  focused on the need to put an end to, and investigate, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, torture, human trafficking, and to stop efforts at reintroducing capital punishment and lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Recommendations also urged the government to allow the Special Rapporteur to conduct her investigation into the summary killings without conditions.


iDEFEND and PAHRA sent a team to Geneva to participate in UPR side events organized with regional and international NGO networks, as well as to conduct dialogues, public action and networking in conjunction with the UPR.


“As expected, government presented before the UPR a report blatantly denying state responsibility for more than 8,000 deaths under the war on drugs or that a surge of extrajudicial killings is happening. Government blamed media for exaggerating the number of deaths, the Special Rapporteur for being biased, and the Commission on Human Rights for changing the definition of extrajudicial killing” noted Ms. Nilda Sevilla, Chairperson of FIND (Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances).
 
Ayaw namin sa karahasan, ayaw namin sa diktadurya!
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Friday, 22 September 2017 15:52

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Ayaw namin sa karahasan, ayaw namin sa diktadurya!

Ang mamamayang Pilipino ay nasa tungke ng ilong ng diktadurya, at ang  bayan ay kinukubabawan ng masamang espiritu ng karahasan laban sa karapatang pantao.

Labis ang pagkabahala ng Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) na sa panahon ng paggunita natin sa ika-45 taon mula noong isailalim ang bansa sa Batas Militar o Martial law ng dating diktador Ferdinand Marcos ay nasasailalim tayong muli sa isang  gobyernong may marahas na polisiya.

Ang TFDP ay itinatag ng Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) noong 1974 sa gitna ng lumalalang sitwasyon noon ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa ilalim ng Martial Law.

Apatnapu’t limang taon ang nagdaan, patuloy ang paglabag sa karapatang pantao ng mamamayan. At ngayon ay mas lumalala pa.

Ayaw namin ng Martial Law. Habang hindi pa ganap na nakukuha ng mga biktima ng Martial Law ni Marcos ang hustisya, ay nandito naman ang pagkahumaling ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na maaari niyang ideklara ang Martial Law sa buong bansa. Sinimulan na niya ito sa Mindanao dahil daw sa terorismo ng pangkat ng Maute.

Kung tutuusin, hindi na kailangan ang Martial Law dahil ang kapangyarihan ni Duterte upang pakilusin ang militar ay sapat na. Lalo’t ayon sa Konstitusyon, ang Martial Law ay maaari lamang gamitin sa aktwal na kaganapan ng rebelyon o ‘di kaya ay pananakop.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 September 2017 17:18
 
Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert
Human Rights Defenders' Activities
Friday, 03 December 2010 18:23
PRESS RELEASE
3 December 2010

Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert

December 2 , Manila -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy.

Sekaggya said, “human rights play an indispensable role in the defense of democracy” as she observed that democracy is at a cross roads in many countries in the region, where the military and conservative parties are making a comeback.

Ms Sekaggaya is in Manila in an unofficial capacity to participate in a regional forum of human rights defenders from 2 to 4 December, in which some 100 human rights activists from 16 countries in Asia are participating.

The UN independent expert from Uganda explained that “criticism and dissent are the lifeblood of a healthy democratic society.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 December 2010 14:49
 
Golden treasures of a tormented land
Y4R activities
Monday, 07 June 2010 11:47

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“Gintong Yaman ng Sinirang Bayan” is a satirical play about dreams, lives and relationships of families in a community in Northern Luzon that is being affected by the impending mining operation in the area.

The play is set in a barrio in Nueva Vizcaya during the course of a foreign mining company’s application in the province. The residents of the community find themselves with differing stands and opinions regarding the mining operation which poses to offer the residents with a golden opportunity.

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Ruben, in his search for the golden dream and his quest to make it big, grabbed the scholarship grant from the mining company, much to his mother’s dismay.  Other inhabitants of the community engage themselves in heated debates regarding the positive and negative effects the mining operation will bring.  

Ruben must decide.  Will he go after his golden dream despite the disapproval of his loved ones and the destruction of his native land?  What is the truth behind his father’s death and what will its implication be on Ruben’s decision?

Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 12:08
 
Sincerity, transparency pressed in government and NDF peace talks
On Peace
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:12

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Manindigan sa Peace Talks!

Press Release
February 15, 2011


A civil society movement of peace advocates, non-government organizations and people’s organizations called as “Manindigan para sa Peace Talks” pressed for sincerity and transparency upon the resumption of formal talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We believe that peace is our right and peace building is responsibility of all. The resumption of the peace talks between the government and the NDFP offers an opportunity to come to terms with the country’s best interests and work for peace that had eluded us for so long,” said Sr. Arnold Maria Noel, SSps of the Manindigan para sa Peace Talks.

Both the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the government agreed to hold formal talks on February 15-21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Government which has been acting as Third Party Facilitator since 2001.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:06
 
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