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Campaigns on Political Prisoners
Kalayaan at Pagbabago!!!
On Political Prisoners
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 01:02

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December 12,2009. Tula ni Ka Oka na isang Detenidong Pulitikal sa Manila City Jail na kanyang isinulat para sa Paskuhan sa Kampo '09

Mga detenido

at bilanggong pulitikal

Kung gaya ng ibon...

lilipad sa kalawakan

Upang makalaya

sa loob ng bilangguan.

 

Kalooban panatagin

Prinsipyo'y hawakan

Sigaw ng bayan,

Demokrasya!

Baguhin ang lipunang

Naghihikahos!

 

Dapat na ibigay

ang tunay na hustisya.

Maunlad na sambayanan

Tungo sa kapayapaan.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:35
 
Political Prisoners Day '09
On Political Prisoners
Monday, 07 December 2009 15:07
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day on December 10, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) will be holding its annual Paskuhan sa Kampo (PSK) as its main activity for this year’s Political Prisoners’ Day.

PSK 09 schedules are: December 08 at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), December 12 at the Manila City Jail (MCJ), December 14 at the Metro Manila District Jail (MMDJ), and December 15 at the Bataan Provincial Jail.  

In line with this, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Atty. Leila De Lima met with political prisoners at the NBP in Muntinlupa last November 12.  The meeting was set for the Chairperson to personally interact with the victims of political detention and repression, and for the Commission to formulate programs to assist the political prisoners.

During the meeting, CHR Chairperson De Lima declared, “…bona fide advocates of freedom and human rights through your political advocacies, then we need you to be free at the soonest possible time, and we need those who are free to remain free. We need every Filipino to be on the side of freedom and human rights, political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights. And we need all of you to never lose hope in our shared beliefs of full protection and promotion of human rights for everyone.”

Attendees of the said meeting were 34 political prisoners, their relatives, support groups and members of Free All Political Prisoners Campaign Network.  Also present were CHR Commissioner Jose Manuel Mamawag, TFDP Executive Director Lito Amistad, TFDP Deputy Executive Director Sr. Crescencia Lucero, SFIC, TFDP officers and staff, and representatives from the Balay Rehabilitation Center, the Medical Action Group (MAG), and the Partido ng Mangagawa.

The dialogue was in line with TFDP’s campaign for the release of all political prisoners and political detainees in the country.  It aims to discuss the issue of political detention and seek for the CHR’s commitment to address the concerns of the PPs and PDs, women and men of courage who continue to languish in different jails and detention centers nationwide.

As of December 2009, according to TFDP’s records, there are 258 political prisoners and political detainees in the country.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 15:10
 
Speech of CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima for Political Prisoners
On Political Prisoners
Monday, 07 December 2009 10:52
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THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PHILIPPINES

On the Occasion of the Dialogue with Political Prisoners
at the National Bilibid Prison


National Bilibid Prison
Muntinlupa City
12 November 2009


MESSAGE


delivered by
LEILA M. DE LIMA
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines



Good morning.

When individuals are restrained of their freedom, special attention must be placed on the protection of their other rights. The atmosphere of confinement, largely hidden from the scrutiny of the outside world, creates a dangerous sphere of secrecy where abuses, if unchecked, may become rampant. When placed in detention facilities or prisons, one may find themselves at the total mercy of the prison officials or even criminal gangs. For this reason, it is especially important that part of the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights is to be able to make visits, announced or unannounced, to detention facilities in order to ensure that the government and prison officials are on their toes, ever vigilant of respecting the rights of detainees.

Of special importance today is the very specific segment of the prison population – political prisoners. To be very frank about the matter, there can be no official classification of “political prisoners.” There is nothing in our cherished democratic way of life that sanctions the suppression of political opinion, even if it is contrary to the established government. Such a classification is obtusely illegal, and rightfully so because our freedom is based precisely on the people's ability to speak freely, to assemble freely and to petition the government freely.

Classically, the term “political prisoner” refers to “someone who is prosecuted or jailed—not for crimes in the ordinary sense of the word, but for harboring or expressing opinions antagonistic to an established order of government”. Another definition says, simplistically, that a “political” prisoner is one “imprisoned for his or her political beliefs or actions.” Yet the term “political prisoner” is so laminated into the radical, leftist  mind that takes on a meaning that is larger than the classical definition.

The danger of expanding the definition beyond harboring or expressing antagonistic opinions is that some segments of society decriminalize outwardly inimical acts on the basis that there is some political motive behind the said act. Illegal acts, such as terrorism, cannot be made integral parts of mere free expression.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 11:02
 
Declaration of Unity
On Political Prisoners
Monday, 12 October 2009 15:02

WE, the families and relatives of political prisoners and detainees, peoples organizations, support groups and concerned citizens, under the Free All Political Prisoners and Detainees Campaign Network stand in unity for the following Cause:

WE believe in the promotion and defense of civil and political rights of the people;
WE believe that political detention should not exist in a democratic society;
WE believe that political prisoners and detainees are clear signs of a repressive government;
WE believe that political prisoners and political detainees should not be treated as common criminals and instead provide with due process just like anyone else;
WE believe that it is the obligation of the State to respect, protect, and fulfill all human rights for all;
WE believe that public awareness and people’s action are necessary to press for the release of all political prisoners and political detainees;
WE condemn all forms of repression of civil and political rights of the people.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2009 21:56
 
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