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Philippine Human Rights Updates
"Proclaim liberty to the captives...Set free the Oppressed"
Volume 24 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:51

A Statement of Concern on the Plights of Political Prisoners in the Country

(13 August 2011)

Nearly three weeks ago, July 25, hundreds of political detainees around the country began a sychronized hunger strike to protest the government's inadequate agenda on human rights protection and its seeming disregard of the conditions of political prisoers.

Since the early '80's, more than 300 political prisoners have been languishing in prison cells throughout the country without explicit assurance of judicial remedy or executive clemency. Some of whom have already died or gotten ill in custody as a direct result of the government's inability to provide for their medical treatment. The circumstances of neglect and eventual demise of some of these prisoners qualify as violations against human dignity and protection.

 
Editor's Note: Defending Human Rights
Volume 24 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:51
In this issue, special focus is given on human rights defenders.  According to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, a human rights defender is anyone working for the promotion and protection of human rights. This broad definition encompasses professional as well as non-professional human rights workers, volunteers, journalists, lawyers and anyone else carrying out, even on an occasional basis, a human rights activity.
In this issue, special focus is given on human rights defenders.  According to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, a human rights defender is anyone working for the promotion and protection of human rights. This broad definition encompasses professional as well as non-professional human rights workers, volunteers, journalists, lawyers and anyone else carrying out, even on an occasional basis, a human rights activity.
 
Baptism of Fire
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

by Rapha-el Q. Olegario

 

My internship at the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has been the most challenging moment in my college life. Before I start my story, I would like to give a brief introduction of TFDP.
It was established during the Marcos regime by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) to assist political detainees and political prisoners with their personal and legal needs. To respond to the needs at that time, its mandate expanded from taking care of political detainees and political prisoners to handling civil-political rights issues such as torture, involuntary/enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings. Further expansion led for its mandate to cover economic, social and cultural issues.
My internship at the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has been the most challenging moment in my college life. Before I start my story, I would like to give a brief introduction of TFDP.
It was established during the Marcos regime by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) to assist political detainees and political prisoners with their personal and legal needs. To respond to the needs at that time, its mandate expanded from taking care of political detainees and political prisoners to handling civil-political rights issues such as torture, involuntary/enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings. Further expansion led for its mandate to cover economic, social and cultural issues.

 

 
CHR INVESTIGATES ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN A MINING AREA
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

by Jonal Javier

 

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila De Lima headed an ocular visit as part of CHR’s investigation of human rights violations in Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya last November 5 and 6, 2009.
Chairperson De Lima, along with CHR Commissioner Manuel Mamauag, arrived in Solano, Nueva Viscaya in the morning of November 5. The two were met by the CHR Region 2 staff headed by its Regional Director Atty. Jimmy Baliga and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) Executive Director Mr. Emmanuel Amistad and Human Rights Defender Program Coordinator Mr. Jonal Javier  in the Governor’s Hotel in the said municipality.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila De Lima headed an ocular visit as part of CHR’s investigation of human rights violations in Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya last November 5 and 6, 2009.
Chairperson De Lima, along with CHR Commissioner Manuel Mamauag, arrived in Solano, Nueva Viscaya in the morning of November 5. The two were met by the CHR Region 2 staff headed by its Regional Director Atty. Jimmy Baliga and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) Executive Director Mr. Emmanuel Amistad and Human Rights Defender Program Coordinator Mr. Jonal Javier  in the Governor’s Hotel in the said municipality.

 

 
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