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Lift Martial Law, Uphold Human Rights
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Thursday, 08 June 2017 18:05

Lift Martial Law, Uphold Human Rights

In recent days, details of what has happened and is happening in Marawi are coming out.

The bases for the declaration of martial law stand on shaky grounds. No less than DND chief Delfin Lorenzana has admitted they could contain the Maute Group without martial law and in fact he did not recommend its imposition.

Now the President threatened to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in the Visayas.

So far what has been revealed is that a failed “surgical operation” to capture Isnilon Hapilon triggered the Marawi crisis.

Government forces have responded in a heavy-handed manner with continuing aerial strikes. Sadly, it has destroyed Marawi but has miserably failed to flush out the terrorists.

Internally displaced persons now number in the hundreds of thousands. Homes and lives have been ruined. Marawi, used to be a melting pot of different peoples and cultures, is now a “no-man’s land”.

This war must stop. This madness must end.

We call on the government to:
1.    Stop the aerial strikes in Marawi City.
2.    Form an independent, impartial body to investigate the events that led to the crisis today.
3.    Lift martial law as there is no basis for its imposition.
4.    Secure the lives and well-being of the internally-displaced persons.
5.    At the soonest possible time, enable the IDPs to return to their homes.
6.    Assist the people in rebuilding their homes and their lives.

We implore the Maute and Abu Sayyaf:
1.    Leave Marawi City. There is no cause worthy of the lives of innocent civilians and the devastation of a city.
2.    Release all your hostages without conditions.
3.    Islam is a faith of peace and justice. Do not use it for your own ends.

We ask all who love our nation:
1.    End the hate. Stop the violence.
2.    Stay the course of peace and justice.

We enjoin everyone to uphold all human rights for all.

EMMANUEL AMISTAD
Executive Director
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

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