[In the news] Jonas Burgos was ‘abducted by AFP’, court commission concludes -InterAksyon.com

Jonas Burgos was ‘abducted by AFP‘, court commission concludes By InterAksyon.com March 27, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED 5:18PM) The Court of Appeals has completed its Supreme Court-directed inquiry into the abduction of Jonas Burgos and declared the military, “particularly the Philippine Army, accountable for the enforced disappearance” of the activist-farmer who has become the…

[Statement] Protecting Women from Enforced Disappearance -AFAD/FIND/ICAED

Protecting Women from Enforced Disappearance Women everywhere are deeply affected by the global scourge of enforced disappearance. They are the wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters who are in the abysmal state of uncertainty and in perpetual search for their disappeared loved ones. They are often left behind to bear the socio-economic and psycho-emotional brunt…

[Event] Forum on Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor -AFAD, FIND

Forum on Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor Dear firends, Warmest greetings! 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…

[In the news] LITTLE BURGOS | A happy heart renders ’10 Rights of a Child’, masking suspicious loss of dad Jonas -InterAksyon.com

LITTLE BURGOS | A happy heart renders ’10 Rights of a Child’, masking suspicious loss of dad Jonas By InterAksyon.com January 29, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – Guess who is the latest – and arguably one of the cutest – child rights advocates? She is 8-year-old Yumi Burgos, only child of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, one of…

[People] Top ten issues for human rights in 2012 by Harry Roque

Top ten issues for human rights in 2012 Harry Roque’s blog Thoughts of an activist lawyer Here’s my choice for the top ten most important developments for Human Rights in the Philippines for 2012: 1. Passage of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law. Unfortunately, the passage of this law was overshadowed by the passage of the Reproductive…

[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…

[Statement] Break Impunity: Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law Now!

Break Impunity: Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law Now! We strongly urge President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to sign into law the Anti- Enforced Disappearance bill on Monday, December 10, 2012, as we commemorate the International Human Rights Day, to show his administration’s clear resolve to uphold human rights and end impunity. There is no better day for…

[Statement] AFAD Condemns Arrest of Family Members of Disappeared and FOD Members at the Conclusion of its Council Meeting

AFAD Condemns Arrest of Family Members of Disappeared and FOD Members at the Conclusion of its Council Meeting 3 December 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) concluded its week-long Council Meeting in Sri Lanka with a solidarity night together with local civil society organizations and family members of the…

[Event] FIND’s press forum and 27th founding anniversary, 23 Nov 2012

FIND’s press forum and 27th founding anniversary, 23 Nov 2012, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Matalino QC The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) welcomes the historic ratification of the proposed Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 by the Senate and the House of Representatives on October 16, 2012. For almost two decades, the families…

[In the news] Families remember missing loved ones -INQUIRER.net

Families remember missing loved ones. By Marielle Medina, Kate Pedroso,Inquirer Research, Philippine Daily Inquirer November 1, 2012 Erlinda Malicdem still remembers the last words her husband, Jimmy, uttered in Filipino before the urban poor leader disappeared on Oct. 8, 1987: “When the time comes, you’ll understand what I’m doing.” “He was always there when they…

[In the news] Rights lawyers welcome enforced disappearance bill with guarded optimism | Sun.Star

Rights lawyers welcome enforced disappearance bill with guarded optimism | Sun.Star. October 20, 2012 HUMAN rights lawyers have challenged President Benigno Aquino III to sign and implement the proposed bill putting persons responsible for the commission of enforced disappearances accountable. In a statement, the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said they are hoping that…

[In the news] ‘Desaparecidos’ bill OK’d -INQUIRER.net

‘Desaparecidos’ bill OK’d. 1st law in Asia vs enforced disappearance By Leila B. Salaverria, Norman Bordadora, Philippine Daily Inquirer October 18, 2012 After a campaign over two decades by human rights activists, Congress finally passed a bill principally directed against state agencies that would outlaw acts that result in disappearances, allow the prosecution of perpetrators…