[Press Release] Philippine Human Rights Defender in Danger: Human Rights Group asks German Parliamentarians to speak up for the safety of Cocoy Tulawie -AMP

Philippine Human Rights Defender in Danger: Human Rights Group asks German Parliamentarians to speak up for the safety of Cocoy Tulawie

The Action Network Human RightsCologne, 10.01.2013 – The German-based Action Network Human Rights –Philippines (AMP) commemorates the first anniversary of the arrest of Human Rights Defender Cocoy Tulawie by asking President Aquino and German Parliamentarians to spare no effort to protect the life and health of this human rights activist.

The well-known Philippine human rights defender, who has been advocating human rights in Sulu for many years, was arrested one year ago, on January 13, 2012.

He is accused of having prepared an attempt on the life of Sakur Tan, Governor of the Province of Sulu, in 2009. Together with many national and international partners, the Action Network for Human Rights in the Philippines is convinced that the accusations against Mr. Tulawie have been made up in order to silence this activist.

„We have information, that all witness statements, on which the indictment is based, are forced and have in the meantime been withdrawn. Due to his work as human rights activist, Mr. Tulawie had already been massively threatened in Sulu, so that he was forced to hide away until his arrest”, explains Maike Grabowski, the coordinator AMP.

In the wake of the attempted relocation of his process to Manila by Governor Tan, Mr. Tulawie was again threatened with death. “According to numerous reports, imprisoned violent criminals have already been ordered to murder Mr. Tulawie upon his arrival at the prison of Bicutan. Therefore, it must be feared that Mr. Tulawie’s life is in danger, should he be transferred to the prison of Bicutan” says Jochen Motte, chair of AMP.

Therefore the German human rights and development agencies of the Action Network sent letters to several German Parliamentarians asking them to advocate for the safety of Mr. Tulawie and support the case to convince the Philippine government to act in compliance with the UN Declaration of Human Rights Defenders.

The Action Network Human Rights – Philippines advocates the sustainable improvement of the human rights situation in the Philippines. Members are: Amnesty International, Bread for the World – Church Development Service, Misereor, Missio Munich, philippinenbüro e.V. and the United Evangelical Mission (UEM).

Contact:
Maike Grabowski
Coordinator of AMP
Email: amp@asienhaus.de
Tel: +49 – (0)221- 71612122
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11. 01. 2013 | AMP-Press Release

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One thought on “[Press Release] Philippine Human Rights Defender in Danger: Human Rights Group asks German Parliamentarians to speak up for the safety of Cocoy Tulawie -AMP

  1. Mr. Cocoy Tulawie, I was really disturbed by your vivid account on how you were arrested. In your letter, it is understandable you never mentioned whether or not you were “manhandled or tortured during your arrest or tactical interrogation” because you are still in prison In fact, you described your arresting officer like “SAINTS” brandishing high-powered firearms; and handled effected your “with tender-loving-care”.

    As Human Rights Activist, I, would like to see you out of the Philippine Prison (overcrowded and stinking) as soon as possible.

    When you mentioned your fear of the Davao Death Squad, this news must make you happy. The Office of the Ombudsman found 21 PNP police officers of Davao City for NEGLECT OF DUTY for failure to solve about 800 extra-judicial killings committed for years in Davao City. The excerpts of the news are as follows:

    “The penalty was imposed after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ruled favorably on the complaint filed by the Davao City Deserves Good Government Movement against those police officers for failure to resolve the number of crime incidents, most of which were perpetrated by shadowy vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS).”

    “Found guilty of the charges were Sr. Supt. Catalino Cuy, Sr. Supt. Jaime Morente, Chief Inspector Matthew Baccay, Chief Insp. Filmore Escobal, Chief Insp. Leandro Felonia, Chief Insp. Marvin Manuel Pepino, Chief Insp. Ranulfo Cabanog, Chief Insp. Vicente Danao, Supt. Harry Espela, Supt. Michael John Dubria, Supt. Rommil Mitra, Sr. Insp. Maximiano Atuel and Sr. Insp. Arnulfo Mahinay.”

    “Ombudsman also ordered to penalized other police officers, including Chief Insp. Alden Delvo, Insp. Rolly Tropico, Insp. Dionisio Abude Sr. Insp. Antonio Alberio Jr., Chief Insp. Juel Neil Salcedo, Chief Insp. Joselito Loriza, Chief Insp. Joel Neil Rojo and Chief Insp. Napoleon Eguia”

    For details, please access this website: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2012/04/01/21-cop-execs-fined-crimes-they-never-committed-214241

    Ombudsman also ordered to penalized other police officers, including Chief Insp. Alden Delvo, Insp. Rolly Tropico, Insp. Dionisio Abude Sr. Insp. Antonio Alberio Jr., Chief Insp. Juel Neil Salcedo, Chief Insp. Joselito Loriza, Chief Insp. Joel Neil Rojo and Chief Insp. Napoleon Eguia.

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