[Blogger] Hunger Strike: A Political Challenge – Carpe Diem

by Darwin Mendiola The hunger strike is a form of political protest by means self-starvation. Throughout modern history, hunger strike has been a powerful non-violent political action that has successfully shaken up the political structures of many countries around the world. The hunger strikes of Mahatma Gandhi in British-occupied India, Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet…

Weekend HR Posts Rundown and Analysis-July 31, 2011

Human Rights Online Philippines features articles, blogs, news information and photos on human rights issues. It provides up-to-date information on human rights activities, events, campaigns, and solidarity actions in the Philippines. It aims not only to put human rights at the center of national discourse through digital media but also to elicit response from the…

[People] An HR imperative by Mon Casiple

An HR imperative July 29, 2011 by Mon Casiple In the morning of July 15, 2011, Mariano Umbrero, a political prisoner, died at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Hospital. Four days after, on July 19, 2011, he was given by the president an executive clemency. When asked why, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte admitted that…

[Press Release] Labor group to PNoy: Extend clemency to all PP’s, but please don’t be late next time – Partido ng Manggagawa

The labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) appealed to President Benigno S. Aquino III to expand the coverage of executive clemency he gives to qualified inmates by including those who have been convicted for political crimes generally known as “political prisoners” or PPs. The appeal came after PNoy had been criticised for having his first…

[Press Release] Rights groups stage solidarity fast for political prisoners’ hunger strike

As the political prisoners’ hunger strike continues on its fourth day this Thursday, human rights groups, peoples’ organizations, religious groups and supporters gathered inside the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) compound for solidarity fast with the political prisoners’ demand for justice and freedom. “We, leaders and members of civil society organizations hold solidarity fast to…

[Urgent Appeal] Political prisoners and detainees escalate their protest action from fasting to hunger strike – www.tfdp.net

Urgent Appeal (Philippines): Political prisoners and detainees escalate their protest action from fasting to hunger strike Situationer: On July 25, 2011, political prisoners and detainees around the country started their nationwide HUNGER STRIKE for freedom and human rights. This is to express their concern over: 1) government’s lack of explicit national policy on human rights;…

[Press Release] An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Mr. Federico Mayor, President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty -AHRC

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Mr. Federico Mayor, President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty Mr. Federico Mayor President International Commission against the Death Penalty C/o The Secretariat Edificio Torres Ágora, Serrano Galvache 26, 28071 Madrid SPAIN Tel: +34 91 394 89 53 Email: asunta.vivo@icomdp.org Dear Mr. Mayor,…

[Event/Reactions] Indigenous women on PNoy’s SONA

INDIGENOUS WOMEN ON PNOY’S SONA TERESA, Sambal, 40 years old (Cabangan, Zambales) Nakakainsulto na nagpapalakpakan sila dun sa kongreso para sa CCT/PPPP, samantalang kami na pinakamahirap sa mahihirap, ni hindi naabutan nito. (Conditional Cash Transfer/Pangtawid Programa para sa Pamilya Pilipino) Wala man lang pagbanggit kahit isa sa mga indigenous peoples; wala man lang pagbanggit sa…

[Urgent Action] A farmer was killed and his son was seriously wounded as a result of an alleged strafing by members of the Philippine Army (PA)- www.tfdp.net

Urgent Action: (Philippines) A farmer was killed and his son was seriously wounded as a result of an alleged strafing by members of the Philippine Army (PA) Type of Violation: Strafing/Extra-judicial Killing/Arbitrary Arrest and Detention/Forced Eviction Victims: Nicanor Herrera Mariano; Norman Esquibel Mariano; Florita Verceles Esquibel Date and Time of Incident: July 19, 2011, 4:30…