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[Press Release] HR violations victims’ kin: No to candidates with bloody hands -CAED/ Anti-EJK Network

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United by the common pain of loss and injustice, families of victims of involuntary disappearance were joined by the families of victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) on Holy Wednesday to intensify their call for justice, which for years has eluded them.

An annual event of the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), the Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan for the past years had always highlighted the cross the families bear. This year, according to Nilda Sevilla, Co-chairperson of FIND, the event showed their strength and unity as more families of the disappeared and EJK victims are coming out in the open to become staunch human rights defenders (HRDs).

Forming a human chain in front of the Centris Mall along EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, they emphasized the significance of the May 13 national elections in their fight for justice. “Let us ensure that no perpetrator of human rights violations and supporters of Duterte’s brutal drug war will be voted into office. Do not vote for candidates who have blood on their hands,” Ellecer Carlos, spokesperson of iDEFEND and son of a surfaced desaparecido said.

“As human rights violations against the poor and critics of this administration escalate, it is crucial that we elect candidates who, based on their track record, will prioritize all human rights for all,” Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) Executive Director Emmanuel Amistad stressed.

Meanwhile, Senator Leila de Lima, in a statement read during the event, urged the families of victims not to lose hope. “Like you, I am also a victim of injustice but I believe that one day through our persistence and collective action, justice will be served.”

The opposition lawmaker has been detained for more than two years now in Camp Crame on what her supporters describe as trumped-up illegal drugs charges meant to silence her criticisms against EJKs and the war on drugs.

As they come together, the families demand that government: conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation of the killings and disappearances even prior to the filing of formal complaints; ensure accountability of perpetrators; strengthen the rights against enforced disappearance and EJKs; grant reparation to all victims of human rights violations; enact the human rights defenders protection law; and address the roots of insurgency and illegal drugs.

“We have no illusions that these demands will be fulfilled by the same people who snatched our loved ones from us. Our vote on May 13 will be a protest vote against impunity and injustice,” Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso, Secretary General of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) said.

Elaborating on the political character of the families’ Lenten call, Sevilla reminded the gathering that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a violent act of the State. “The struggle for political power underlay King Herod’s plot to eliminate Jesus Christ whom he tagged as a subversive – a threat to his enduring reign,” she pointed out.

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[Press Release] Families of the disappeared and human rights defenders gather to reflect on the passion of Jesus Christ -FIND/AFAD

Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND)
Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
28 March 2018

Every year on Holy Wednesday, the families of the disappeared and human rights defenders gather to reflect on the passion of Jesus Christ even as they relate the suffering from injustice of their beloved desaparecidos to Jesus’ agony on Calvary Hill.

Today, they come together at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City to reflect on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ and to hold a truth-telling session with a mother of a victim of enforced disappearance and a wife of a victim of extrajudicial killing which are both related to government’s war on drugs. A playback performance by DulamBuhay theater artists follows each reflection.

Reflecting on the seventh Last Word, Edita Burgos, mother of disappeared Jonas Burgos stated that, “Though we be victims (of oppression and injustice), we choose to be Christ’s presence on earth.”

“As we now ponder on the pains endured by the crucified Christ and the tortured desaparecidos, we become conscious of the palpable threat to our own life, liberty, and security in the struggle for the protection and promotion of human rights and basic freedoms,” said Aileen Bacalso, Secretary General of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).

Celia Sevilla, Advocacy Officer of the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) in reacting to the linking of human rights groups to drug syndicates by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as the earlier statement by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that these organizations could be “unwitting tools” of drug syndicates out to destabilize the government, underscored that the allegation is “patently preposterous.”

“Worse, they could embolden mindless vigilantes, who toe the ‘kill, kill, kill’ line of Duterte, to target human rights defenders,” she added.

Nilda Sevilla, Co-chairperson of FIND and sister of disappeared labor and human rights lawyer Hermon Lagman, pointed out that, “While these irresponsible and malicious pronouncements are relevant to the Lenten season as they remind us of the malevolent accusations against Jesus Christ that led to his crucifixion, they are nonetheless anathema to the positive values of love, faith, and truth that underlie Lent.”

NILDA L. SEVILLA
FIND Co-Chairperson
0922-8286154

MARY AILEEN DIEZ-BACALSO
AFAD Secretary-General
0917-7924058

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[Photo blog] Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan

2011 Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan photo by Rommel Yamzon

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

“…let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.” (Amos, 5:24)

This was quoted in the Lenten statement of FIND we posted last week (See FIND statement).

To continuously call for justice, every Holy Wednesday, the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) annually hold their Lenten activity dubbed as Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan.  

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Last April 20, 2011, they gathered again at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido, a monument located at the Redemptorist Church grounds in Baclaran, Paranaque City.

Photo by Rommel Yamzon 2011

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

The monument, which depicts a woman holding a torch along with a child carrying a picture of his father, immortalizes the undying hope of many families to be reunited with their disappeared loved ones.

It was unveiled on July 13,1994.  A long list of victims’ names are engraved in granite pannels surrounding the monument.  It was named the “Bantayog ng mga Desaparacidos.”

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan 2011 by FIND

Members of Samahan ng mga Anak ng Desaparacidos (SAD) express their call for justice through cultural presentation. Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan(2) 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan (3) 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan (4) 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan (5) 2011 by FIND

Mrs. Nilda Sevilla Lagman, Chairperson of FIND. Photo by FIND

HRonlinePH supports the relatives of victims of enforced disappearances and human rights advocates’ call for the immediate enactment of an Anti-Enforced Disappearance law that would criminalize this despicable crime and put perpetrators in jail.