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Petition for the release of Political Prisoners and Detainees and for Proclaiming December 7 as Political Prisoners Day
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Sunday, 19 May 2013 13:25

Petition for the release of Political Prisoners and Detainees and for Proclaiming December 7 as Political Prisoners Day

 

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Dear President Benigno Simeon Aquino,

 

We are writing to Your Excellency, the President of the Republic of the Philippines to appeal in behalf of the 328 political prisoners and detainees nationwide. Our appeal is based on Section 19 of Article VII of the Philippine Constitution that gives you the power to grant Executive Clemency. 

We would also like to ask you to proclaim December 7, 2013 of the Human Rights week commemoration as a Political Prisoners and Detainees day in honor of all victims of political incarceration in the country like your father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino.

As of January 2013, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has documented 328 political prisoners and detainees languishing in jails nationwide.  They are the likes of Cocoy Tulawie, a detained Human Rights Defender and Nitoy Itaas, a long held Political Prisoner.

Cocoy Tulawie was detained and being tried with trumped-up charges to silence him and discourage others in defending human rights against perpetrators in Sulu. Nitoy Itaas has suffered more than 20 years of incarceration for crimes he did not commit. They are two of the more than 300 victims of political repression, majority of which are victims of the past repressive administration.

Honorable President, we know that you are aware that defending human rights, freedom of belief and opinion, expression and association, and many other freedoms are all human rights, and that it is your administration’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill. We expect no less from the son of both parents who were known heroes of democracy and enemies of repression.  You know and feel the pain of imprisonment of a loved one and his eventual assassination, a victim of extra-judicial killing.

Dear President, It is imperative for a democracy to respect differing opinions and beliefs.  The more than 300 political prisoners and detainees are not criminals.  They are defenders of change, and fighters for freedom but were charged and treated as common criminals.

They are farmers, workers, youth, women and men of the marginalized sectors.  They have suffered torture, illegal arrests and detention; others were disappeared and surfaced in detention. They are the more than 300 defenders of peoples’ rights and social justice.

We urge you dear President to use your executive influence to grant them the freedom that they, their families and friends had been longing for.

Free our Defenders. Free all Political Prisoners and Detainees.

 

Download and sign petition here @ http://www.scribd.com/doc/142316232/Petition-for-the-release-of-Political-Prisoners-and-Detainees-and-for-Proclaiming-December-7-as-Political-Prisoners-Day-Petition-Letter-PPs

and submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to #45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City.

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Support #FreeOurDefenders Signature drive! Petition PNoy for the release of Political Prisoners and Detainees and for Proclaiming December 7 as Political Prisoners Day.

Support the #FreeOurDefenders campaign!
• Like our FB page and share our posts.
• Sign the petition and help us generate 300+ more signatures. Download petition letter @www.tfdp.net
• Follow us in twitter @TfdpUpdates and use hashtag #FreeOurDefenders
• Take action online and offline!

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#FREEOURDEFENDERS is an awareness raising campaign aimed to make the different sectors especially the youth become aware of the situation of political prisoners in the country and assert the reality that there are victims of political incarceration and to counter government’s denial of their existence.


It aims to create online and offline information and actions that will hopefully capture government’s attention and act on the plight of the more than 300 political prisoners languishing in jails nationwide.


The campaign highlight is a signature drive to petition and demand that government to look into the plight of political prisoners and to acknowledge and declare that December 7 of the Human Rights week be officially recognized as a Political Prisoners Day.  By maximizing the social networking media and different offline traditional activities we aim to encourage supporters from our networks to help in spreading the information and generate support.


The campaign will sustain regular and consistent posting of information online and initiate activities like discussions, fora and exhibits in schools and communities.


The campaign will also aim to unite our regional partners to initiate the same signature campaign to petition their own Government and together, declare December 7 as the Regional Solidarity Day in support of victims of Political incarceration or PPs Day.


SITUATIONS

  • The campaign for the release of political prisoners are not popular
  • The government does not recognize the existence of PPs
  • Continuous criminalization and incarceration of political offenders are happening
  • People are not aware of the issue
  • No political will for government particularly the DOJ to stand with its commitment during the PPs Hunger Strike
  • Unconfirmed information that there is a plan to dissolve
  • PNOY himself has no intention of releasing PPs

We need to focus on building public awareness, create discussion of the issue, and push Government to at the minimum react on our issues.


The campaign will target to generate 300+ signatures from each supporter to demand attention from governments and 300+ advocates to declare December 7 as PPs Day.


Why 300+? Because we have more than 300 political prisoners languishing in jails nationwide, charged with common crimes and government denies existence.


We will make people recall 300+ to create a common knowledge of that there exist more than 300 victims of political incarceration in a supposed democratic society. 

 

 


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