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UN envoy to Myanmar asked to table 'human rights protection' on Burma polls
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Monday, 15 February 2010 14:45
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15 FEBRUARY 2010

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UN envoy to Myanmar asked to table 'human rights protection' on Burma polls

As UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Tomas Ojea Quintana today starts his five-day visit in Burma, solidarity activists in the Philippines urged the UN envoy to prioritize on his agenda the “protection of human rights” of the peoples of Burma since the military regime is reportedly cracking down legitimate dissent ahead of polls this year.

Mr. Quintana is scheduled to meet Myanmar foreign minister Nyan Win for his Sittwe visit in Western Rakhine state, close to the country's border with Bangladesh. This will be the envoy's third visit to the country after a previous mission last year was postponed.

Free Burma Coalition-Philippines (FBC-Phils) spokesperson Egoy Bans said, “after two decades since 1990, the peoples of Burma will again exercise their universal right to suffrage by choosing a kind of government that they want. But this election will become meaningless if it will be pursued with brute force. It must be made all-inclusive where everybody could participate without fears of being harassed and intimidated.”

“Until now, there is no real progress in Burma and the human rights situation is worse than before. Not a few envoys made an attempt to bring change in Burma but all have failed miserably. We urge envoy Quintana to make a difference by closely engaging the military generals on the improvement of Burma's human rights record,” Bans added.

THE 2010 ELECTIONS MUST POSSESS “DEMOCRATIC INTEGRITY”

FBC-Phils likewise urged UN Envoy Quintana to carry the minimum demands of the Burma democracy movement that include the immediate release of more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, cessation of hostilities against ethnic nationalities and an all-inclusive review of the 2008 Burma constitution.

“By genuinely satisfying these demands, the military regime will not struggle hard to bring 'democratic integrity' to the 2010 elections that could be a giant step to genuine national reconcilliation – if only the junta realizes it,” Bans said.

He concluded, “but if the regime continues to refuse these legitimate demands, no amount of national elections could become acceptable and credible in the eyes of their own people and the international community.”

In 1990, the military regime of Burma held a multi-party elections where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won majority of the parliament seats. The military regime however did not recognize the election results and refused to hand-over power to elected civilian parties. ###
Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2010 14:49
 
Green groups welcome ‘writ of kalikasan’
On Mining
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:19

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:56:00 02/09/2010

Filed Under: Environmental Issues, Judiciary (system of justice), Laws, Mining and quarrying


MANILA, Philippines — Environmental groups on Tuesday welcomed Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s proposed “writ of kalikasan,” saying the move by was a “progressive measure” taken by the high court to address the “injustices” experienced by Filipinos from ecologically- destructive projects.

The Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM, Alliance to Stop Mining), an environmental group composed of mining-affected communities and civil society organizations, said the proposed writ would also help “address the injustices related to extractive industries and mining, in particular, in the country.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:23
 
A Human Rights & Peace Agenda in Good Governance*
On Peace
Monday, 08 February 2010 16:19

Forum_HRPeace_CSB_Dr._Nymia_Presentation

Dr. Nymia Simbulan, Executive Director of Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) presents the Human Rights Agenda During the Forum on Human Rights and Peace in Good Governance

Introduction

The Filipino nation is in the midst of difficulties and challenges. Poverty, unemployment, hunger, urban blight, environmental destruction, extrajudicial killings, insurgency, and corruption: these are among the glaring manifestations of human rights violations that persist in the country and at the same time, the root causes of conflict and violence in Philippine society. Consider the following statistics:

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2010 14:26
 
Illegal Arrest and Detention of 43 Health Workers an attack against Human Rights Defenders
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Monday, 08 February 2010 13:49
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) strongly condemns the illegal arrest and detention of 43 health workers conducting a health seminar in a resort in Morong, Rizal last February 6, 2010 by the Military and Police.

The illegal arrest and detention and the malicious labeling/red-tagging are clear harassment directed against human rights defenders that are often committed in the country.  Col. Aurelio Baladad justifies the arrest and detention by accusing the victims of alleged involvement to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) and that they were allegedly making bombs.

Based from reports, the victims were having a seminar on First Responders Training sponsored by the Community Medicine Foundation, Inc. (COMMED) and Council for Health and Development (CHD) at Dr. Melecia Velmonte’s Farm, a conference and training facility in Morong, Rizal when the raid took place.  
Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2010 13:54
 
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