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[Announcement] PIHRTPA 4thNational Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) Call for Applications 2012

Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni(PIHRTPA), Inc.

4thNational Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Call for Applications 2012!!

The Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA or Equitas Alumni for brevity) has the honor to invite human rights defenders to apply for the 4th National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) which will be held from November 5 – 12, 2012 inTagaytay (exact venue will be announced soon).

The NHRTP is the annual core program of PIHRTPA in the Philippines. PIHRTPA is composed of human rights educators/activists trained by Montreal-based Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education through its annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP). Equitas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1967 dedicated to the promotion of human rights through education in Canada and around the world. Equitas’ annual IHRTP helps organizations build their capacity to engage in human rights education, promotion and democratic development. A product of Equitas’ annual IHRTP, PIHRTPA was established in the Philippines in 2005 with a framework of building a culture of human rights.

This year, PIHRTPA will hold the 4th national roll out of IHRTP through the National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP). This Program, which uses a Spiral Methodology of Learning in conducting human rights education/training activities will bring together twenty (20) human rights workers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its goal is to increase participants’ knowledge of international human rights laws and its mechanisms, domestic laws, legal remedies, and engage in critical reflection and inquiry and apply the same in their human rights education work, and discuss the role of human rights education in building a culture of human rights in their region, to share strategies and best practices and to encourage networking.
Participants leave at the end of the intensive one-week program with a plan for implementing a human rights education activity within their own organization applying their knowledge and skills learned. Participants may undertake its own follow-up activities such as human rights training sessions based on the NHRTP module and the development of new programs and long-term partnerships to strengthen human rights education and democratic development with PIHRTPA and other participating organizations at the regional levels.
The selection process and participant profile we are looking for are described below. The Selection Committee gives priority to the organizations best able to demonstrate their commitment and effectiveness in relation to human rights promotion and education. Consideration is also given to overall gender balance.
Through the support of the Embassy of Canada and Equitas, selected participants will be awarded bursaries to help cover the accommodationand travel costs of the program i.e. Plane fare and Bus fare going to, and from the Training venue. Transportation expenses from residence to bus terminals /airport, etc. shall be shouldered by the participants’ respective organizations as counterpart.

Application forms are available at the Secretariat at pinoyihrtpalumni@yahoo.comor contact Tel. No./Fax No. 4333199 and mobile number 09058610879. You may email or fax your completed application form with the required documents to the Secretariat.

The deadline for receiving applications by email or fax is on or before August 24, 2012.

The Secretariat
4th National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA), Inc.
c/o 401-B CRM Building, No. 106 Kamias, Q.C. 1101
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Who can participate?

The training course will involve people who work on human rights issues through human rights education and advocacy
Participant will be selected and invited to participate in consultation with alumni from Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon, according to the following criteria:

• Must be at least in his/her two years of human rights work.
• Has not been able to attend any training on international human rights instruments;
• Active participation in human rights education activities in their respective areas of work;
• Willingness and commitment to take and apply to her/his organization the human rights education skills that will be learned during the training and in frequent coordination with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni; and,
• Has exhibited a sphere of influence in their respective areas to make a difference.

Checklist of Requirements to be submitted:
• Completed Application Form with endorsement letter from Supervisor or Employer
• A recommendation letter from any NGO or PO
• Individual Plan on HRE session
• A Memorandum of Agreement with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni will be sent to those who will be selected for the implementation of Individual Plan

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[Featured Video] Philippines: Abuses Go Unpunished -HumanRightsWatch

Philippines: Abuses Go Unpunished

Published on Jun 27, 2012 by Human Rights Watch

Philippines: 2 Years under Aquino, Abuses Go Unpunished
No Successful Prosecutions of Security Forces for Killings, ‘Disappearances’

(New York, June 28, 2012) –President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines has not fulfilled his promises to hold accountable security forces responsible for serious abuses since taking office two years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. The Aquino government has not successfully prosecuted a single case of extrajudicial killing or enforced disappearance, including those committed during his presidency, Human Rights Watch said.

In his inaugural speech on June 30, 2010, Aquino gave “marching orders” to the Justice Department to “begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.” Five months later, at an event to commemorate human rights, he said that, “The culture of silence, injustice and impunity that once reigned is now a thing of the past.” And during his 2011 State of the Nation Address, Aquino reiterated this commitment, saying, “We are aware that the attainment of true justice does not end in the filing of cases, but in the conviction of criminals.”

“President Aquino has not lived up to his promises to bring those responsible for serious abuses to justice,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Concrete measures — rather than more promises — are needed now.”

Human Rights Watch today released a video, “Philippines: No Justice for Victims of Enforced Disappearances,” in which family members of the “disappeared” call on the president to live up to his promises of justice.

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[Press Release] Rights Groups run to challenge Security Sector: Declare in words and deeds torture free detention centers

Rights Groups run to challenge Security Sector: Declare in words and deeds torture free detention centers

More than 600 people participate in the annual Basta Run Against Torture in time for the U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture today, June 26, 2012. Now in its 6th year, anti-torture advocates challenged the security sector to declare torture free detention centers in words and in deeds.

“This year’s BRAT aims to bridge the gap between the commitments and policies on one hand and practices on the other of the security sector and other government agencies with respect to the issue of torture. It hopes to exact the commitment of AFP, PNP and BJMP to declare their places of detention as torture free and stand firm on their commitment.” Joy Lascano of Balay Rehabilitation Center, representative of UATC said in a statement.

The United Against Torture Coalition (UATC), a network of anti-torture advocates engages the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to publicly announce their commitment to proclaim a policy of complete prohibition of torture in all places of detention.

Lascano of UATC further said that, “Three years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Law of 2009, only a handful of cases have been filed. The attempt to prosecute perpetrators is fraught with difficulties due to a lack of transparency from the security sector and the unfamiliarity of prosecutors and judges about the law on torture. None of these cases have seen a just resolution.”

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), also a member of UATC on the other hand documented 23 cases with 40 victims of torture under the P-Noy administration (as of May 2012). According to the group, the data shows that practice of torture on the ground still persists
while no one get punished.

BRAT 6 was participated by Amnesty International-Philippines, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Medical Action Group (MAG), Balay Rehabilitation Center, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) and the #rememberML@40 campaign committee.

Also present are CHR, PHRC, DILG, DOJ, PNP, AFP and BJMP.

[Blogger] Mother’s Love is one of the Greatest Love of All by Jose Mario De Vega

Mother’s Love is one of the Greatest Love of All

There is no shadow of doubt that our mother’s love for us is unconditional and beyond question.

The fact that they decided to carry us for nine months and underwent a brutal and utterly bloody process which is undeniably life-threatening known universally as child-birth is an indispensable and irrefutable proof of their incomparable love, indefinable devotion, admirable courage and unimaginable selflessness!

That they are willing to accept all pains just to spare the child not even an ounce of it, that they are willing to starve even to the point of deprivation, so long as we may be nurture and sustain, that they are willing to do everything for us, so that we may have the best and that they are willing to sacrifice everything just to provide us with everything is a living testament to the endless affection and everlasting care for us!

This small letter of tribute is not enough to render justice and due recognition to our mothers, yet suffice it to say that, true to their inherent nature and being true to their being; they do not expect us anything, except to return their love to them and to our own child and the child of our child!

Indeed, our mother’s love is unconditional and beyond measure and if I may be allow to express, I will even further stretch the contention; and argue that their love, devotion and affection is one of the greatest love of all!

It is my humble contention that the said argument is beyond dispute and contestation!

My personal life is a bit complicated coming from two different social classes. My father is a bit well to do, by virtue of the fact that he came from the bourgeois class; while my mother came from the proletarian class. I am both a mixed product of heaven and hell, so to speak!

Though, I love my father, I love my mother more. Why? Because even if we are poor and materially deprived; she taught me all the laws of life and the mysteries of existence at the very young age. I believe that what she has transmitted and bequeathed to me is far more superior and undeniably more substantive than all things money can buy.

Material things can come and go, but virtue, responsibility, character and wisdom are elements which can never ever be bought and no one can never ever take away from you.

About those things that money can buy, my dearest mother taught me to value more those things that cannot be equated with financial means nor reduce to economic terms, such as bonding with friends, spending time with the family, the teaching profession, the beauty and majesty of love, the genuineness of friendship, love of life and the courage to stand for something which we believe is true, just and beautiful and the necessary willingness to die, if so required, fighting for those human and noble causes!

And above all, I sincerely love my mother for teaching me to always do the right things at the right time for the right cause, even to the point of death!

Lastly, I would like to thank my dearest beloved mother for teaching me what Kahlil Gibran famously stated that:

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their soul,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.”

I love you, my dearest Mama, my Mamouchka, my friend, my teacher, my comrade and my dearest lovely buddy! Hugs!

Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all mothers of the world!

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

May 10, 2012
Subang Jaya, Darul Ehsan,
Selangor, Malaysia

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