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TFDP Campaign Bulletin January to March 2013 issue
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Monday, 25 March 2013 13:10

TFDP Bulletin January to March 2013

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 13:16
 
New Compensation Law (RA10368) for victims of human rights violations: right step but not enough to end Marcos impunity
General Campaigns
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:23
PAHRA STATEMENT:
NEW COMPENSATION LAW, (Republic Act 10368)
FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS:
RIGHT STEP BUT NOT ENOUGH TO END
MARCOS IMPUNITY
On January 23, 1977, the newspaper Bulletin Today bannered this headline: “One-sided press reports scored.  No violations of human rights – FM”.
Ferdinand Marcos was then vehemently denying the reports of massive and grave human rights violations perpetrated since his seizing a second term presidency by imposing martial law on September 21, 1972.  Mainly documented by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), established by the Association of Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) in 1974,  these violations reached the international community and the then U.N. Commission on Human Rights.  Marcos used the State machinery to produce a coercive environment and to engender a culture of impunity that persist till the present.
After seven and twenty years since the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship, there is finally a law which acknowledges the long-known truth held by people that there were human rights violations, such as arbitrary and illegal arrests,  extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, committed by the martial law regime.  It is only correct and just to recognize and memorialize all the heroes and martyrs who fought against repression and who courageously struggled for human and people’s rights.
Signing into law the Bill which compensates the victims of human rights violations during the martial law period is the right step towards ending the Marcos impunity and obtaining both justice and healing.
PAHRA commends both Congress and the Administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III for this legislative act that shatters a Marcosian myth and propaganda that there were no human rights
PAHRA, nonetheless, believes and stands that while the law gives recognition and compensation to the victims of human rights violations, it is not enough to break through and to end the impunity unleashed by Marcos.  The  U.N. Updated Principles in Combating Impunity enumerate some State obligations still need to be complied with:
The Right to Truth - wherein it ensures the individual’s, as well as, the victim’s families and relatives right to know the circumstances and  reasons for the victim’s torture, enforced disappearance or extrajudicial killing.  For this end, Benigno S. Aquino III, as Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief, should order all services of the security forces to de-classify all reports and data related to the martial law period. We recommend strongly here the passage into law of the right to information.  The Office of the President should also institutionalize or calendar the President’s public paying of respects to the heroes and martyrs who fought the imposition of martial law and its adverse effects on human rights.
The Right to Justice –means bringing the perpetrators of violations to account - whether in criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings - since they are not subject to any inquiry that might lead to their being accused, arrested, tried and, if found guilty, sentenced to appropriate penalties, and to making reparations to their victims.
There will be no closure to the wounds caused by the martial law period if there is no justice.
The State obligations to institute reforms to ensure the non-recurrence of these violations include the passage of legislation criminalizing extra-judicial killings and responding to the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs).  This also means the establishment and operationalization of national monitoring mechanisms.
EDSA people power ended Ferdinand E. Marcos’ one-man, martial law rule but has not  completely dealt with and eliminated impunity.
PAHRA calls on and will join all people of good-will to determinedly combat impunity.
PAHRA STATEMENT:
NEW COMPENSATION LAW, (Republic Act 10368)
FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS:
RIGHT STEP BUT NOT ENOUGH TO END
MARCOS IMPUNITY
pahra_logo_copyOn January 23, 1977, the newspaper Bulletin Today bannered this headline: “One-sided press reports scored.  No violations of human rights – FM”.
Ferdinand Marcos was then vehemently denying the reports of massive and grave human rights violations perpetrated since his seizing a second term presidency by imposing martial law on September 21, 1972.  Mainly documented by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), established by the Association of Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) in 1974,  these violations reached the international community and the then U.N. Commission on Human Rights.  Marcos used the State machinery to produce a coercive environment and to engender a culture of impunity that persist till the present.
After seven and twenty years since the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship, there is finally a law which acknowledges the long-known truth held by people that there were human rights violations, such as arbitrary and illegal arrests,  extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, committed by the martial law regime.  It is only correct and just to recognize and memorialize all the heroes and martyrs who fought against repression and who courageously struggled for human and people’s rights.
Signing into law the Bill which compensates the victims of human rights violations during the martial law period is the right step towards ending the Marcos impunity and obtaining both justice and healing.
PAHRA commends both Congress and the Administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III for this legislative act that shatters a Marcosian myth and propaganda that there were no human rights
PAHRA, nonetheless, believes and stands that while the law gives recognition and compensation to the victims of human rights violations, it is not enough to break through and to end the impunity unleashed by Marcos.  The  U.N. Updated Principles in Combating Impunity enumerate some State obligations still need to be complied with:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:30
 
Urgent Appeal : Violent Dispersal of Protest Action of Students in University of Southern Mindanao
General Campaigns
Monday, 18 February 2013 12:27
Urgent Appeal : Violent Dispersal of Protest Action of Students in University of Southern Mindanao
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Photos by University of Southern Mindanao – Multi-Stake Holders Movement for Truth and Justice (USM-MMTJ)

URGENT APPEAL

Dear Friend,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about a violent dispersal of protest action of students and their supporters in the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines by members of the Philippine National Police and the 7th Infantry Battalion in of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on February 13, 2013 at 2 AM. Four (4) persons were arrested (one was later freed because he is a minor) and detained while five (5) protesters were injured during the incident.

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FACTS OF THE CASE

Photo_from_OUST_DERIJE_FBOn February 13, 2013 at around 2 AM, around 50 members of the Philippine National Police went to the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) allegedly to end the protest of the University of Southern Mindanao – Multi-Stake Holders Movement for Truth and Justice (USM-MMTJ) (composed mostly of students, relatives and alumni of the school), who had been barricading in the University since January 14, 2013.

Four (4) students came forward and tried to negotiate with the police not to enter the school. They pointed out that the protest is against the reappointment of Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije as President of the University by the Board of Regents (BOR) who they believed has made anomalous transactions and decisions not favorable to the students of the USM.

At about 3 AM, around a 100 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) came. According to Al Rashid Sencil, an alumna assisting the students in their protests, the AFP brought three (3) Simba tanks and four (4) 6 x 6 trucks.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 12:42
 
STOP Cyber Martial Law! Black Tuesday protest on Tuesday, Jan 15 -PIFA
General Campaigns
Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:17
Mobilize for the Black Tuesday protest on Tuesday, Jan 15. That will be the day of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court. PIFA's protest will be from 9am-12nn, 1:30pm-4pm, and 4pm-7pm. We will basically be there until the oral arguments have finished.
For more information contact PIFA at 09175057055.
STOP Cyber Martial Law! Black Tuesday protest on Tuesday, Jan 15
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Mobilize for the Black Tuesday protest on Tuesday, Jan 15. That will be the day of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court. PIFA's protest will be from 9am-12nn, 1:30pm-4pm, and 4pm-7pm. We will basically be there until the oral arguments have finished.
For more information contact PIFA at 09175057055.
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:25
 
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