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Paper Cranes for Continuing Appeals to Aquino:SURFACE DESAPARECIDOS, FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS

NEW ZEALAND--August 30 is International Day of the Disappeared. Tomorrow, Ninoy Aquino Day will again be observed on August 21, commemorating the life and death of Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. On this occasion, the Philippines solidarity network together with faith-based justice and peace advocates in New Zealand reiterate appeal for Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III to end human rights abuses.

Rights groups score Aquino gov’t on disappearance of anti-mining activist

"As the world commemorates the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, another person is victimized. We strongly condemn the enforced disappearance of anti-mining activist Bryan Epa and we hold the Aquino administration accountable for this heinous act,” said Lorena ‘Aya’ Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice.

“Flying Dutchmen” campaigning for HR in the Philippines: a “portent of doom” for the crimes of the US-Aquino regime

Statement Released by: 
Peter Murphy
General-Secretary
 
 
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)
The right-wing Aquino regime continues to harp on the spin about the violence (which the police clearly started)  during the recent State of the Nation Address, blatantly covering up the fact that the Aquino regime itself is a violent regime and purveyor of state terrorism against its own people.
 

European rights advocates urge EU to withdraw 10M euro grant for Aquino's failed justice program

International delegates who attended the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines have urged the European Union to stop aid to the Aquino government, specifically the withdrawal of a 10 million euro grant for the Philippine Justice Support Programme.
 
The more than 250 foreign delegates, in a strongly worded resolution unanimously approved at the conclusion of the conference, said the Aquino government unjustly enjoyed aid from the European Union despite failing to stop extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and impunity.
 

Int'l delegates hit surveillance of confab pax, use of "nat'l security" to justify repression

International peace activists and human rights defenders attending the International Conference for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP) condemned the deployment of military and police surveillance agents in their activities even as they geared up to join tomorrow’s SONA protests.
 
Security personnel of the conference apprehended a police officer and suspected military asset in two separate incidents yesterday (July 20).
 

Int'l coalition formed to campaign vs HR abuses in the Phils

An international coalition to campaign for human rights and justice and to end impunity, was launched today during the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP) held at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City.
 
The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) was one of the major achievements during the three-day international conference attended by more than 250 peace and human rights advocates from the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific and Australia.
 

Int'l peace activist: impunity in the Phils similar to the time of assassination of Msgr. Romero of El Salvador

El Salvadoran peace activist Marta Benavides likened the killing of Italian priest Fausto Tentorio and the continuing impunity in the Philippines to the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Monsignor Oscar Romero in El Salvador.
 
"It is the same thing that happened to all the martyrs in Latin America, the same thing that happened in El Salvador with the murder of Monsignor Romero.  We call it a 'loud secret.'  We all know, the whole population knows, what happened, who was behind it  ... the death squads.  (We may not know exactly) who went to kill him, but who was behind it.  We think it's the same thing here," said Marta Benavides, an El Salvadoran theologist and internationally-acclaimed peace activist, who was a friend of Monsignor Romero.  She is one of the few surviving human rights activists that began their work in El Salvador in the 70s.
 

Int'l community press for the resumption of GPH-NDFP peace talks

Hoping that international pressure would bring the GPH-NDFP talks back on track, peace advocates and rights defenders at the International Conference for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP) called on the Aquino government to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front, citing poverty and the re-escalation of human rights abuses as the most compelling reasons to go back to the negotiating table
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“The landlessness of peasants, the lack of decent wages and job opportunities, decent housing and basic social services are weighing down on the lives of the Filipino people and violate their socio-economic rights. Those who resist and work for change are met with political repression by the State. We want the peace negotiations resumed to help resolve such issues,” the delegates said in a press conference.
 

US lawyer calls for peace through respect of people's economic rights

A prominent American human rights lawyer is calling on Filipinos to use human rights laws and conventions to force the Aquino government into reversing economic policies that adversely affect ordinary citizens, especially the poor.
 
In her keynote speech before the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace (ICHRPP) at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City, Jeanne Mirer, president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and a stalwart of the US National Lawyers' Guild, said government economic policies should adhere to human rights principles.
 

Intl peace, human rights confab opens tomorrow; will send delegates to SONA rally on Monday

More than 250 peace advocates and human rights defenders from 25 countries gather tomorrow as the International Conference for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP) opens at 9 a.m. at the Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City. The foreign delegates are also attending the People’s SONA on Monday, July 22 to cap the three-day conference and the week-long International Solidarity Mission in the different communities where there are documented human rights abuses.

 Rep. Teddy Casiño, Spokesperson of the ICHRPP contested  the Quezon City LGU’s decision to deny the protesters permit to rally, calling it “throwback Monday” and reminded the Aquino government that the “Marcos dictatorship was won by defying such repressive tactics.”

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