After 16 long years of a hard-fought struggle to criminalize enforced disappearance in the country, we finally have the first national legislation against Enforced Disappearance in the Asian region with the passage of Republic Act No. 10353, otherwise known as the “Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012”. Moreover, its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) have been recently crafted.
In order to make this special penal law an effective tool to combat impunity, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (FIND) and the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) in partnership with the Embassy of Canada and the UP Asian Center, are organizing a forum on “Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor” on March 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the GT Toyota UP Asian Center Auditorium. This is part of our continuing efforts to disseminate to various stakeholders and to the general public the issue of enforced disappearance and the value of this new law to address it.
Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay, the principal author of the law will speak on the objectives, the underlying principle and the salient provisions of the law. Sec. Leila De Lima of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will share with us their respective institutional roles and responsibilities in the effective implementation of the law. We also invited Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD).
Our partners, the Embassy of Canada and the UP Asian Center, will also be speaking in support to our advocacy. Dr. Carol I. Sobritchea, Dean of the UP Asian Center in particular will address the gender perspective of this human rights issue.
In line with this, we would like to invite you and /or your representative to take part in this worthwhile activity. We will be sending out the final program of the said forum as soon as we received the confirmation of our invited resource speakers. For your confirmation or inquiries, please contact Mr. Darwin Mendiola at phone number 490.7862 or at mobile number 0915.4689306 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe that we share the common purpose of making human rights a reality to all.
Thank you very much.
Very truly yours,
MARY AILEEN D. BACALSO NILDA L. SEVILLA
Secretary General, AFAD Co-Chairperson, FIND
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