[From the web] “First anti-enforced disappearance law in the whole Asian region, was enacted into law exactly a year ago today.” -AFAD

“REPUBLIC ACT 10353, AN ACT DEFINING AND PENALIZING ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCE, the first anti-enforced disappearance law in the whole Asian region, was enacted into law exactly a year ago today. It is a product of years of struggle of families of the disappeared in the Philippines for truth, justice, reparation, memory and guarantees of…

[Press Release] Hundreds of cyclists demand passage and implementation of human rights laws -AIPh

Hundreds of cyclists demand passage and implementation of human rights laws   More than a thousand participants of the Amnesty International Philippines’ Bike for Rights PadyaKarapatan 2013 cycled through 7 cities of Metro Manila reminding the Aquino administration and the 16th Congress of their obligation to enact and implement legislation necessary for protecting human rights…

[Statement] Sombath Somphone one year on: 62 NGOs call for a new investigation into his enforced disappearance. -FIDH

Sombath Somphone one year on: 62 NGOs call for a new investigation into his enforced disappearance December 13, 2013 We, the undersigned 62 regional and international organizations, express outrage over the Lao Government’s ongoing failure to shed light on the enforced disappearance of prominent activist and civil society leader Sombath Somphone. December 15, 2013 marks…

[Statement] The Right Not to be Disappeared: A Product of the Blood, Sweat and Tears of Victims and Families of Enforced Disappearances around the world -AFAD

The Right Not to be Disappeared: A Product of the Blood, Sweat and Tears of Victims and Families of Enforced Disappearances around the world Sixty-five years ago, 48 member countries of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), recognizing “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all…

[From the web] Philippines: divided leadership and lacklustre performance -PAHRA

Philippines: divided leadership and lacklustre performance By Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)[1] Source: http://renatomabunga.wordpress.com/ I. General Overview President Benigno Aquino III considered 2012 a year of continued resurgence of the economy bolstered with increased confidence in good governance. He took pride in the dramatic leaps the country has taken in the global competitive index…

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR BLOGSITE

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR BLOGSITE. Ang botohan ay magsisimula ngayon hanggang sa 11:59PM ng Nov 15, 2013. IKAW PARA KANINO KA PIPINDOT? Simple lang bumoto: • i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga ibinoboto, i-share at ikampanya. • Bisitahin ang LINK ng poll sa HRonlinePH.com (links sa bawat thumbnail) at pindutin ang button…

[Event] Red-Baiting Forum 2013 -IPON

Red-Baiting Forum 2013 As a follow-up to our 2012 Red-Baiting Conference we cordially invite you to our Red-Baiting Forum 2013 (on October 4th at UP Balay Kalinaw, Quezon City) Based on the talks and results of the two previous forums, objective of the Red-Baiting Forum 2013 is to bring together Philippine state actors, international actors…

[Press Release] Families and Advocates Against Enforced Disappearance urge Asian governments to bring the Desaparecidos home -AFAD

Families and Advocates Against Enforced Disappearance urge Asian governments to bring the Desaparecidos home On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) vows to make full use of Republic Act 10353, the Anti Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 to bring home all Filipino desaparecidos and to…

[Event] “Beyond Tears and Borders” book launch -AFAD

On the 30th of August, the world will observe the International Day of the Disappeared which was officially declared by the United Nations in 2010. The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) sees it fit to commemorate this historical day by launching a book entitled, “Beyond Tears and Borders” that will comprehensively present the phenomenon…

[Statement] AFAD@15: An Arduous Journey Under a Crystal Clear Sky

AFAD 15th Anniversary Statement 4 June 2013 AFAD@15: An Arduous Journey Under a Crystal Clear Sky 4 June 2013 – A decade and a half have passed since the founding of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD). Many Asian governments continue the practice of making people disappear while past cases remain unresolved. While they…

[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…

[Events] Activities in commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED- AFAD/FIND

INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED May 27 -31, 2013 Dear Friends: The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), the International Coalitions Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) and the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD are organizing two activities in commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED (May 27 -31, 2013). The May 28 Roundtable…

No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance

No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance. The arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment…

[From the web] Inter-Agency Com on ELK & Enforced Disappearance Guidelines for Investigation & Prosecution

Inter-Agency Committee on Extra-Legal Killings and Enforced Disappearance Meet to Adopt Guidelines for Investigation and Prosecution Source: http://www.doj.gov.ph On April 18, 2013, the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons, chaired by the Department of Justice (DOJ), held its…

[Statement] Truth cannot be hidden forever… -AFAD

Truth cannot be hidden forever… AFAD Statement on the 6th Anniversary of Jonas Burgos’ Disappearance 28 April, 2013 Exactly six years ago, Jonas Burgos, peasant leader and son of the late press freedom icon, Joe Burgos, was allegedly seized and made to disappear by the military at the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City. For…