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[Press Release] Extra-judicial killings, other human rights violations persist under ‘tuwid na daan’ – Nagkaisa!

Extra-judicial killings, other human rights violations persist under ‘tuwid na daan’ – Nagkaisa!

A culture of impunity translated into extra-judicial killings (EJK) and other forms of human rights violations against leaders and labor organizers continue under the ‘tuwid na daan’, a coalition of major trade unions and labor organizations in the country, Nagkaisa!, said in a statement on the eve of the celebration of International Human Rights Day.

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Since 2011, Nagkaisa! is engaged in dialogues with the Aquino administration on several labor issues, including some 62 unsolved cases of EJKs involving labor.

Nagkaisa! said the most recent in the cases of unsolved EJKs was the  murder of a labor organizer in Negros Occidental.  Rolando Pango, a full time organizer of Partido Manggagawa (PM) was gunned down in Binalbagan town in Negros Occidental on Novermber 29, 2014.

“Prior to his death, Pango was deeply involved in both the agrarian and labor disputes in Hacienda Salud, a 135-hectare sugar plantation in Barangay Rumirang, Isabela leased and managed by Manuel Lamata,” said PM Chair Renato Magtubo.

Pango was instrumental in organizing the plantation workers in Hacienda Salud who in June applied the land under CARPER coverage.  Salud workers has also filed of a case of illegal dismissal before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) against Lamata for unlawful termination 41 workers.

PM and Nagkaisa is calling on both the national and local governments to render immediate justice to this case.

Josua Mata, Secretary General of Alliance of Progressive Labor–Sentro, said Nagkaisa will be raising this issue before the Tripartite Industrial Council (TIPC) and the DOJ panel investigating the EJKs.

“Like Ruby, solving cases of EJKs in the country is a slow-grind,” said Mata.

Before Pango, another PM organizer, Victoriano Embang, leader of Maria Cecilia Farm Workers Association (MACFAWA) in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental was also killed on December 29, 2012.  A failed assassination attempt against his brother, Anterio Embang, followed  few months later, February 28, 2013.
A Negrense himself, Magtubo said Negros remains a ‘labor hotspot’ because of strong resistance by landlords to agrarian reform and their outmoded serf-type treatment of their laborers.

“Perhaps this regional feudal context has escaped the eyes of the labor department and the national government.  Or they simply don’t care,” added Magtubo.

Aside from EJKs, Nagkaisa! is also alarmed at the resurgence of other forms of human rights violations.

Last October,  Antonio Cuizon, president of the Panaghiusa sa Mamumuo sa Carmen Copper, was arrested on trumped up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.  The union and the management were then in the thick of labor dispute when the case was file against Quizon.

But the most widespread of human rights violations, Nagkaisa! said, is the violation of labor’s right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

“The onslaught of state-sanctioned contractualization schemes have effectively disarmed workers of their ability to defend themselves, through their unions, against many forms of abuse and exploitation,” concluded Magtubo.

NEWS RELEASE
NAGKAISA!
09 December 2014
Contact: Wilson Fortaleza
09053732185

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[Campaign] #HUSGAngBAYAN PARA SA KARAPATANG PANTAO -PAHRA

#HUSGAngBAYAN PARA SA KARAPATANG PANTAO

Vote for this campaign for the 5th HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards

Gobyernong Pnoy: Pamamahala At Kaunlaran Sa Iilan,
Disgrasya Sa Karapatan Ng Mas Maraming Mamamayan!

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Sa ika-5 taon ng pamumuno ni Pangulong Aquino  ay sapat na ang ating nakita at naranasan upang makapagbigay ng ating pananaw at husga kung paanong inimplementa o nilabag  ang pag-respeto, pag-protekta at pagsasakatuparan ang mga karapatan pantao ayon sa mga pandaigdigang kumbesyon na nilagdaan ng ating pamahalaan.

Para sa ika-66 taon ng pagunita sa Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, Dec. 10, 1948)  ilahad at pakinggan natin ang “#HUSGAngBAYAN PARA SA KARAPATANG PANTAO”  upang maging gabay ni PNoy sa kanyang nalalabing isang  taon at kalahating panunungkulan. Inaasahan din natin na mula sa kampayang ito ay maging tuntungan ng  pag-buboo natin ng isang Human Rights electoral agenda para sa mga susunod na kakandidatong opisyales  ng bansa sa 2016.

PANAWAGAN SA PAKIKI-ISA SA ON-LINE AT OFF-LINE CAMPAIGN:

I. On-Line  #HUSGA NG BAYAN para sa Karapatang Pantao

Nais nating mas marami ang maglabas ng kanilang mga pagtingin / husga sa HR record nga pamamahala ni Pang. Aquino mula sa publiko at mga organisasyon sa

sa mga social  media sites. Ang mga pagtingin/husga ay iko-konsolida at ibabahagi sa Press-Conference sa Dec 8 at ito din ang magiging batayan ng ating mga panawagan sa International HR Day sa Mendiola, Dec 10.

a)      I-download at gamitin (i-upload sa FB at Twitter) ang “Bagsak Seal” template/poster ng HR week Husga ng Bayan. (naka-attach psd. at jpeg)

b)      Samahan ng maikling paliwanag. Pangunahing Content/laman ng template ay:

CLASS CARD SAMPLE 1 copyCLASS CARD SAMPLE BLANK copy

GRADING/RATING  : FAIL or PASS (BAGSAK O PASADO)
URI NG KARAPATAN: PARTIKULAR NA KARAPATANG NALABAG
DAHILAN/ISYU/POLISIYA :   bakit BAGSAK (fail) ang inyong rating
LOGO/PIRMA: LOGO O PIRMA NG ORGANISASYON

Sa mga mahihirapan sa pag-gamit ng Bagsak Seal template sa photo shop maaaring diretsong mag post ng status sa wall at  i-attach ang  “Bagsak Seal” poster  at  sundin ang laman ng template, halimbawa:

GRADING: FAIL
URI NG KARAPATAN: LAHAT NG HUMAN RIGHTS
DAHILAN: Dahil walang National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) ang Pilipinas  na 2 beses pang na ipinangako  sa United Nations  Universal Periodic Review (UPR 2008 at 2012)

c)      MAG CHALLENGE AT ITAG ANG LIMA (5) PANG KAKILALA Friends/Organisasyon/  Group himuking maki-isa sa pagbibigay ng grado kay PNoy bilang #HUSGAngBAYANparasaHR

Halimbawa: (Pwede na itong icopy at paste, palitan lamang g panglan/org na inyong mga gustong hamunin

“Sa pag-alala sa #HumanRightsWeek2014, hinamon ako ng @PAHRA na ibigay ang aking #Husga. Hinahamon ko rin si @Pedro @Juan @Maria @PRRM @Y4R  na ibigay din ang kanilang #HUSGAngBAYAN sa pamamahala ni PNoy para sa karapatang pantao at hamunin din ang 5 pang kakilala..”

or

“Sa pag-alala sa lingo ng karapatang pantao, hinamon ako ng @Rose na ibigay ang aking #Husga. Hinahamon ko rin si @Pedro @Juan @Maria @PRRM @Y4R  na ibigay din ang kanilang #HUSGAngBAYAN sa pamamahala ni PNoy para sa karapatang pantao at ibigay din ang hamon sa 5 pang kakilala.”

d) Maaaring maging malikhain at I-modify ang template/poster ayon sa inyong mga focus  ngunit hinihiling lang po natin na  makikilala pa rin ang image na kasama ito sa kampanya

e) Maaaring mag Blog kung mas detalye at mahaba ang inyong  nais ipahayag at ishare

f)      Laging gamitin ang hashtag na #HUSGAngBAYANparasaHR  at pls isama po sa tagging palagi ang ang PAHRA para sa mabilis na pagpapalaganap at konsolidasyon

Fb account:      philippinehumanrights
Twitter :          @PAHRAhr
E-mail:            pahra@philippinehumanrights.org

II. Off-Line activities : Events at  Mobilizations  

Nagsimula na po ang mga activities noong ika-26 ng Nob ng ilunsad  and 18 days of Activism Against Gender-Based  Violence at mag cuculminate ito sa isang sama-samang  mobilisasyon sa Mendiola sa ika-10 ng Disyembe , ang eksaktong araw ng pagunita ng International Human Rughts Day. Ngunit huwag pong kalimutan ang pahabol na Pride March sa Dec. 13. Kabuoang listahan ng mga activities (ibaba)

a) Inaanyayahan at in-eecouraged ang lahat na magsidalo at matuto pang lubos sa mga bago at pagpapalalim ng mga issues ng HR sa ibat’ibang pagtitipon (maliban po yong by invitation tulad ng dinner ng AI sa Dec. 3 – limitado po ang imbitado)

b) Makipag-talastasan  ng direkta sa mga lead organization/s na nakasaad sa listahan o mag-abang ng mga detalyte sa mga social network sites at ipapadala rin ng PAHRA lahat ng mga detalyeng aming makakalap.

c) Magpadala ng notice sa PAHRA kung may mga events pang hindi nasama para mai-post din po.

d) Ipalaganap ang mga activities at mag-imbita pa sa ibang mga networks at mga friends an gating mga activities para mas marami ang mamumulat sa HR

e) Sa mga organizers ng events at mobilization, kung maaari ay ma- irelate o ma-synthesize ang mga gawain na kakawing sa kampanya osa  husga/ pagtingin para sa karapatang pantao

g) SUMAMA SA MOBILISASYON sa DECEMEBR 10, 9:00 ng umaga sa Mendiola, Manila

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[Press Release] Rights groups hold nationwide candle lighting for Yolanda Victims on International Human Rights Day -TFDP

Rights groups hold nationwide candle lighting for Yolanda Victims on International Human Rights Day
Call on government to prioritize the rights of victims and stop politicking

TFDP Visayas and other HRDs LightUP4 Yolanda Victims LightUP4 Rights on December 10 Human Rights Day in Cebu

TFDP Visayas and other HRDs LightUP4 Yolanda Victims LightUP4 Rights on December 10 Human Rights Day in Cebu

In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day of 2013, human rights groups held nationwide solidarity candle lighting in several parts of the country, for victims of typhoon Yolanda and other natural disasters and victims of human rights violations.

“We devote today’s comemoration of International Human Rights Day for all those who suffered and continue to suffer the result of climate change and environmental destruction caused by greed, development aggression and government neglect,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).

While the group extends their heartfelt solidarity to all victims, they are also calling on government leaders to prioritize the needs of the victims and refrain from politicking.

“We Light UP for Yolanda Victims, we Light Up for Human Rights, dahil higit sa lahat ay dapat unahin ng pamahalaan ang kapakanan ng mga taong nasalanta kaysa pagpapabida. Dapat matauhan na ang mga kurap na pulitiko at tigilan na ang pamumulsa ng pondo ng bayan at ilaan sa dapat nitong puntahan. Dahil dapat Tao muna! Hindi tubo at kita, dahil dapat tao muna hindi pamumulitika at pabida,” Amistad added.

“Although our fellow Filipinos in disaster stricken areas, especially in Leyte needs all the help, relief and support we can provide, it will not be enough to solve the problems. Other future disasters will come and if the government will not be serious and sincere in performing its duty to protect its people instead of profit and corruption, all these will just be repeated,” Amistad said.

In Visayas, members of TFDP and its allies from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) held their “Light UP 4 Yolanda Victims, Light UP 4 Rights,” at the University of the Philippines Cebu. “We light candles in solidarity for all victims of climate disaster, mining and other profit driven development projects that does not benefit the people, instead harm them and lead to violations of their human rights.”

In Mindanao, human rights defenders, TFDP, PMCJ and Freedom from Debt Coalition together with other social and climate activists led the candle lighting activities in Centennial Park, San Pedro Street, Davao City. Candle lighting activities at Bukidnon, Surigao Del Sur and Iligan were also held simultaneously.

LightUP4 Yolanda, LightUP4 Rights, in Davao. Photo by TFDP Mindanao

LightUP4 Yolanda, LightUP4 Rights, in Davao. Photo by TFDP Mindanao

According to the group they are also dedicating the solidarity candle lighting for victims of Zamboanga siege, Bohol and Cebu Earthquake, and other natural and manmade disasters that devastated our peoples and communities. Saying, “We hope we can help inspire them to stand up and we are with them in struggling to regain what has been damaged and lost from them.”

Youth and students in several universities also gave their solidarity LightUP activity. Students from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde participated in the Quezon City Memorial Circle LightUP activity. Members of Youth for Rights (Y4R) and Teatro Kahimanawari of Marikina Polytechnic University held their candle lighting in front of Marikina City Hall Freedom Park. Others participated in the online solidarity in the social networking site Facebook.

In Quezon City, more than 300 members of the Philipppine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Amnesty International – Philippines and Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), held the LightUP for Yolanda Victims, LightUP4 Rights activity at the fountain area in Quezon City Memorial Circle.

The group lamented that “Sa kulang-kulang na pamamahala, Tao ang kawawa.” The group also reminded PNoy of his obligation to issue a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in compliance with the recommendation of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council. ###

For more details pls contact:
Egay Cabalitan
TFDP Advocacy Staff
Mobile: 09288443717; Office: 9950246
Email: egay.advocacytfdp@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE
December 10, 2013

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“Feminist Flashmob for Women’s Rights” finalist for the 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR VIDEO

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During the December 10, 2012 International Human Rights Day, a feminist flashmob dance to the tune of “I am Woman” led by World March of Women – Pilipinas was held at Plaza Miranda.

Women human rights defenders first blended with the vendors, with some holding balloons, as fortune-tellers, beggars, etc. Three dancers started clapping to the tune of the music, then seven dancers joined releasing purple balloons bearing the logo of the World March of Women. They were joined by another 20 coming from the crowd, until it grew to 70. The last batch of dancers, students from the University of the Philippines –Manila made it a throng.

On the last minute of the song, as steps turned to hip-hop, dancers took off their costumes, revealing white shirts which defiantly bore words “RH Now” in the face of continued delay in its passage in Congress. Some shirts shout “Climate Justice!”, in the face of ongoing negotiations in Doha, Qatar and the devastation of typhoon Pablo in Mindanao. Other shirts carried slogans such as “Women Need FOI!”, “Secure Jobs for All!” and “Scrap VFA!”

Around 100 participated in the flashmob from Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Bagong Kamalayan, Batis Center for Women, Buklod, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP), Focus on the Global South, Foundation for Media Alternatives, KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan – UP Diliman, KAISA-KA, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Partido ng Manggagawa, Sarilaya, TIGRA Philippines, UP Manila students, WomanHealth Philippines, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), and Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE)

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Editor: Hazel Tan
Videographers: Eric Sister, Hazel Tan, Johanna Acielo, Hazel of Sarilaya
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