(Paper presented by Atty. Edre U. Olalia, Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and Cristina E. Palabay, Spokesperson of Karapatan, at the Conference on Defending Human Rights Defenders in London, 24 February 2012, organized by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Amnesty International UK and the European Association of Lawyers for Human Rights and Democracy.)
KARAPATAN, in consultation with its member organizations and other related organizations, is submitting this report on the state of human rights in the country with recommendations to the OHCHR for the 13th session of the UPR in the UN Human Rights Council in May-June 2012.
“We want Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in jail. It’s been almost three months since GMA was issued a warrant of arrest yet she remains free and in an air-conditioned hospital room. This is injustice and not what Mike Arroyo claims,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. Hilao-Enriquez reacted to Mike Arroyo’s “surreal” statement at the Pasay RTC during GMA’s arraignment today that the “case of electoral sabotage against GMA is injustice.”
“With the recent offer of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) to be guarantors for the release of political detainees who are covered by the Joint Agreement for the Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), we see no reason why the Aquino government should further delay the release of the 12 NDFP consultants and immediately resume the peace talks,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan.