[Press Release] TFDP: Human Rights not a priority of PNoy

TFDP: Human Rights not a priority of PNoy

Today Task Force Detainees of the Philippines declared that human rights are not a priority of PNoy.

“It seems that PNoy is a hopeless case. One year after the 2011 hunger strike for Freedom and Human Rights of political prisoners, his government has not released a single political detainee. In fact, this administration is deaf and blind to the reality of political prisoners,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP.

During President Aquino’s 2011 SONA, political prisoners nationwide declared a hunger strike to demand for their release and a human rights agenda of the government. This was triggered by the late issuance by PNoy of his supposed first executive clemency to a political prisoner suffering cancer in the National Bilibid Prison.

TFDP and other human rights groups had a dialogue with the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) in Malacanang and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the issue. The government headed by Secretary Leila De Lima promised to reactivate the Presidential Committee on Bail Recognizance and Pardon (PCBREP) according to the group.

TFDP joined with the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) in a SONA protest action in Commonwealth to express their demands.

“The human rights community has been calling for PNoy’s National Human Rights Action Plan since his first SONA in 2010 and he’s not been listening. NHRAP has been a long overdue obligation of the Philippine Government even during PGMA’s term. Even the U.N. Human Rights Council has recommended its issuance to once and for all give a roadmap for Philippine Government’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of the Filipino people.” Amistad added.

“No human rights agenda, not a single perpetrator in jail, no justice for human rights victims, continued killings of human rights defenders, this is the track record of PNoy. His actions has always favored big business and not the plight of the poor. Ang matuwid na daan ni PNoy ay para lamang sa iilan. Ang kaunlaran na pinagmamalaki ng pamahalaan ay para lamang sa iilan hindi para sa taumbayan, ” TFDP lamented.

The group also reminded President Aquino to fulfill his only promise for human rights in his last SONA 2011, “Pass the Compensation Act for all victims of Martial Law. Justice for all victims of human rights violations! End impunity! It’s your obligation to protect and fulfill the Filipino peoples’ human rights!” TFDP concluded.

For more details pls contact:
Egay Cabalitan, TFDP-NCR Staff
4378054; 09219645017; egay.advocacytfdp@gmail.com

Press Release
July 23, 2012

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