Greetings of solidarity!
We are inviting you to be a part of our recent project to highlight the campaign to free all political prisoners in the country.
The project is dubbed “Kakausa: Solidarity visits to political prisoners in the Philippines” and will commence on October 25, Friday (in time for the National Correctional Consciousness Week), at the Custodial Center of Camp Crame in Quezon City. Attached with this letter is the concept paper and invitational poster for the activity.
We are also encouraging everyone, especially those who will are not available on the scheduled visit, to help contribute or acquire donations of art materials and/or musical instruments/accessories for use of political prisoners.
Do contact us for any questions and clarifications via firstname.lastname@example.org or (02)4354146.
Let us join hands in the campaign for justice and human rights in the call to Free all Political Prisoners.
While plunderers and human rights violators remain free from arrest or given special treatment under “detention”, 449 activists are detained because of trumped-up criminal charges.
In one voice, they say: “Even though we are behind bars, our spirits are soaring high to be with the people against corruption and bureaucrat capitalism.”
Martial Law victims gather a day after signing of Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act
Injustice persists from martial law to Noynoy Aquino
We are twice victims of injustice — Martial Law victims
On the eve of the 40th year of the imposition of martial law, victims of human rights violations under the Marcos dictatorship pressed on their fight for justice and indemnification as they rallied once more at the foot of the historic Mendiola Bridge.
“We fought for justice under the dictatorship yet, 40 years later we are still victims of injustice,” Bonifacio Ilagan, Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainee Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto or SELDA said. “Many of our colleagues sacrificed their lives in the hope that one day they will see their countrymen free from want and fear.”
Ilagan pointed out that, “many of our colleagues were killed, disappeared, tortured and jailed, but after filing and winning the landmark human rights violations case vs. Ferdinand Marcos in Hawaii, those who were responsible for these atrocities have not been punished. Worse, they are back in power.”
Martial law activists have pushed for the passage for the indemnification bill since 1998.They lambasted President Aquino for “sitting on the Marcos Victims Compensation Bill.” The human rights group expected more from the current administration, saying that “Noynoy, the son of a martial law victim should deliver justice to the victims and hold the perpetrators of human rights violations accountable for the crimes committed against thousands of Filipinos. But, the Marcos’ Victims Compensation Bill is again in for a tough ride.”
Senator Chiz Escudero has, on many occasion, said that the report by Committee on Justice and Human is ready for the plenary debates. “We have received the same reply for the longest time. Is the government serious about this? Or are the senators intimidated by the presence of a Marcos in the Senate,” Ilagan asked.
SELDA is also apprehensive with some of the provisions in the bill that they believe do not reflect the interests of the ML victims. Thus, it reiterated its earlier position, among others, the recognition of all 9,539 victims and class suit plaintiffs who won the case against Marcos both in the US and in the Swiss courts.
SELDA members believe that the passage of the indemnification bill into a law is a step towards justice, “not so much for the compensation but more importantly, the recognition that injustice was committed to thousands of people during martial law. This should serve both as a reminder and a warning to all the administrations that people will not take injustice blindly. As proven in our recent past, there are many other avenues to pursue justice,” said Ilagan.
“We have no material wealth to pass on to our children and families. But so long as oppression and exploitation remain, this undying fervor to struggle for what is right and just will be our legacy to them and to the Filipino youth. Tuloy ang Laban! (The struggle lives on!)” they concluded. ###
Reference: Bonifacio Ilagan, Vice-Chairperson (09176291241)