Peace and all good!
This coming Monday, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. What makes this year’s Human Rights Day very important and significant is that it is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20thyear of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
We are also facing challenging times with Human Rights and Democracy being assaulted here in the Philippines and globally. Because we are now confronted with the resurgence of dictatorship and the slow and near demise of democracy, there has never been a more urgent time to make our presence felt publicly and mobilize our human rights defenders, workers, advocates, activists and community sectoral partners as a movement on the streets for the Defense of Human Rights and Resistance to Dictatorship.
Our December 10, Human Rights Day public action is a United Peoples March for Human Rights or Martsa ng Mamamayan para sa Karapatang Pantao which is a series of events/programs spanning locations from Welcome Rotonda where the Human Rights Community shall be massing-up, to Saint Anthony Shrine, Bustillos for a Solidarity Mass with the Bishops and EJK Victims Family spearheaded by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines. It will serve as a Thanksgiving Mass for the victory on Kian’s Case. It is also a Eucharistic Celebration in lieu of the International Human Rights Day 2018 Celebration.
Similar to the United Peoples SONA last July and the United Peoples Action last September, we shall be converging and joining forces with other big Human Rights Defense and Anti-Dictatorship formations in the Philippines.
All AMRSP member congregations are invited to attend and to send your confreres and affiliated institutions to the said Eucharistic Celebration as we show our love, support and solidarity to our dear Bishops and to all the families of the victims of EJK.
Thank you and may the Lord give you peace!
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