[Statement] AFAD remembers and honors the men, women and children victims of enforced disappearance in Asia and the world

AFAD REMEMBERS AND HONORS THE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE IN ASIA AND THE WORLD On the 32nd year of the commemoration of the International Week of the Disappeared, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) joins the families and friends of victims of enforced disappearance in remembering, paying tribute and restoring…

[Statement] New Compensation Law (RA10368) for victims of human rights violations: right step but not enough to end Marcos impunity -PAHRA

PAHRA STATEMENT: NEW COMPENSATION LAW, (Republic Act 10368) FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: RIGHT STEP BUT NOT ENOUGH TO END MARCOS IMPUNITY On January 23, 1977, the newspaper Bulletin Today bannered this headline: “One-sided press reports scored. No violations of human rights – FM”. Ferdinand Marcos was then vehemently denying the reports of massive…

[Statement] Reclaim EDSA from the Elite -SANLAKAS

Reclaim EDSA from the Elite Sanlakas Statement on the 27th Anniversay Celebration of EDSA I People Power Revolution Sanlakas, together with the Filipino people, celebrates today the EDSA People Power I anniversary. But while it is an important milestone in the democratic struggle to end the tyrannical regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos, it is…

[In the news] Long wait ends for HR victims -PhilStar.com

Long wait ends for HR victims By Mike Frialde, The Philippine Star February 25, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – Labor leader Romy Castillo will never forget the events of July 23, 1984, the day he was introduced to wet submarine, dry submarine and electrocution. Following his arrest by agents of the Marcos regime, Castillo was subjected…

[In the news] Edsa 27 -INQUIRER.net

Edsa 27 Philippine Daily Inquirer February 24, 2013 It cannot be denied that the second Aquino administration has done much in a concerted effort to revitalize the spirit of Edsa. But we must not conflate the legacy of the People Power Revolution with any administration, not even this one. This is precisely the mistake the…

[In the news] Congress ratifies ‘Marcos compensation bill’ -RAPPLER.com

Congress ratifies ‘Marcos compensation bill’ By RAPPLER.COM January 28, 2013 MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)- The Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday, January 28, ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the ‘Marcos compensation bill,’ a measure seeking to provide compensation to human rights victims during the Martial Law era. Its formal title is “Human…

[In the news] Ed Araullo, human-rights lawyer and anti-dictatorship pillar, dies of a heart attack -InterAksyon.com

Ed Araullo, human-rights lawyer and anti-dictatorship pillar, dies of a heart attack By InterAksyon.com January 19, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – Former Marcos detainee and human-rights lawyer Atty. Eduardo “Ed” G. Araullo, whose last stint was as corporate secretary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), died of a heart attack Saturday morning, his family said.…

[In the news] Don’t abolish PCGG, hire ‘better people’ to go after Marcos wealth – Saguisag -InterAksyon.com

Don’t abolish PCGG, hire ‘better people’ to go after Marcos wealth – Saguisag By Stella Tomeldan, InterAksyon.com January 6, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration should not abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) but instead allocate more funds so that “better people” may be hired to recover the people’s wealth from the…

[In the news] Abolishing PCGG sends wrong signal: Selda -ABS-CBNnews.com

Abolishing PCGG sends wrong signal: Selda ABS-CBNnews.com January 3,2013 MANILA, Philippines – Human rights group Selda opposed Thursday the proposed abolition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. In an interview on ANC’s Headstart, Selda national coordinator Jigs Clamor said if the Aquino administration is bent on pursuing the ill-gotten wealth case against the Marcoses,…

[In the news] Hunt for Marcos loot goes on -INQUIRER.net

Hunt for Marcos loot goes on Lawmakers, human rights victims split on PCGG move By Christine O. Avendaño, Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Norman Bordadora Philippine Daily Inquirer January 3, 2013 Sen. Joker Arroyo, the executive secretary when President Corazon Aquino issued her first executive order that created the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) in 1986…

[Press Release] Milestone Law Criminalizes Forced Disappearances, Aquino Enacts First Law of its Kind in Asia -HRW

Philippines: Milestone Law Criminalizes Forced Disappearances Aquino Enacts First Law of its Kind in Asia (Manila, December 21, 2012) – The new law that criminalizes enforced disappearances in the Philippines is the first of its kind in Asia and a major milestone in ending this horrific human rights violation, Human Rights Watch said today. President…