June, 2010


UPR Watch 

End Impunity

Karapatan welcomes Atty. Leila De Lima’s assignment to DOJ post

The human rights alliance Karapatan welcomes the appointment of Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Leila de Lima to the post of Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in President-elect Noynoy Aquino’s cabinet.

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez lauded CHR Chairperson De Lima for showing heart and sympathy for the victims of human rights violations, and for doing her best to maintain the INDEPENDENCE of the Commission despite being appointed by outgoing President Gloria Arroyo. “We hope that as DOJ Chief, Atty. De Lima will continue asserting the same level of independence as she did while she was in the CHR, refusing to be bullied into subservience and exercising the Commission’s mandate with integrity and courage, ” Hilao-Enriquez said. 

Human rights groups urge President Noynoy Aquino: Stop the Killings! Stop Human Rights Violations! End Impunity!

While reporting of a successful participation to the 14th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as a member of the Ecumenical Voice Philippine NGO delegation, Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights, condemned the continuing extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and called upon president-elect Noynoy Aquino to stop the killings and address the persistent issue of human rights violations in the country.

Human rights worker shot dead in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Benjamin E. Bayles was waiting for a ride at the crossing Sitio Antolo, Brgy. Suay when two men wearing helmets on board a black Honda TMX 155 with no license plate stopped nearby.  The back rider disembarked and walked towards Benjamin.  At about 3 meters away from him, the gunman shot him at different parts of his body.  When the victim fell down, the driver of the motorcycle also came near the victim and shot him to ensure his death.  Then the perpetrators left the area on board the motorcycle.

Farmers abducted and later found dead in Mobo, Masbate, Philippines

At around 6:30 PM, Julito Etang was roused by his wife because the latter noticed the presence of armed men near their hut.  The armed men ordered Julito to bring rice and other food items to the place where they were camping out, about a kilometer away from Julito's house.  Julito's neighbor, Borromeo Cabilis was also ordered by the armed men to bring food items.  Out of fear, the two brought what little they had to the place where the armed men were waiting.

Julito and Borromeo did not return home that night.


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