[Event] SOUND RIGHTS – a free concert for human rights

The Asia Foundation has been implementing the Strengthening Human Rights in the Philippines program for over four years now. One of its main goals is to promote respect for human rights and freedom, and progressively secure their effective recognition and observance. As part of our efforts to promote human rights, the Foundation will be staging…

[From the web] Protecting human rights of older persons – www.un.org

Protecting human rights of older persons http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/newsletter/2011/august/feature.shtml#fea1 by DESA Department of Economic and Social Affairs The world’s population aged 60 or older is expected to double by 2050, to a record of 21 per cent – representing two billion people. Member States are expressing concerns about the status of older persons revolving around their social…

[Press Release] Gen. Danilo Lim visits hunger strikers at NBP, joins call for release of political prisoners – Partido ng Manggagawa

Former Scout Ranger commander and an ex-political detainee himself, Gen. Danilo Lim, is joining the human rights community led by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), representatives of the Comission on Human Rights, and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat…

[Press Release] Malacañang meets with supporters and relatives of Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike – www.tfdp.net

On the 23rd day of political prisoners’ hunger strike protest, Malacañang finally meets with members of civil society organizations to discuss the plight of the more than 300 political prisoners in the country. “Finally Malacañang has decided to look into the plight of political prisoners languishing in jails nationwide.  We hope that this dialogue results…

[From the web] Ninoy Aquino was a political detainee

“We only ask that freedom be returned, we ask for nothing more but we will accept nothing less.”- Ninoy Aquino President Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972 and he went on air to broadcast his declaration on midnight of September 23. Aquino was one of the first to be arrested and imprisoned on…

[Statement] Joint statement of AFAD and FIND: Freedom to all Political Prisoners, Justice to all Desaparecidos

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) strongly urge the Philippine government to immediately release all political prisoners even as we lament the failure of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to heed with dispatch the prisoners’ call for freedom. Prompt and favorable response by government could…

[Press Release] Labor group hopeful of the release of political prisoners as peace talks make headway – Partido ng Manggagawa

The labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) is hopeful the release of political prisoners can be made possible as conditions for the resumption of peace negotiations with the country’s rebel groups get a boost from the Tokyo meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “We hope that political…

[Statement] Statement on the proposed amendments to Republic Act 9344 – CLAN

STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO REPUBLIC ACT 9344 By: Children’s Legal Advocacy Network (CLAN) The Children’s Legal Advocacy Network (CLAN), a coalition of fifteen strong non-government and peoples’ organizations, respectively, that promotes and protects the rights and welfare of children, vehemently opposes the amendment of Republic Act 9344 particularly section 6 of the said…