TFDP National Convention Statement
Volume 22 Number 4
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 15:15
vol22no4_001Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
- Established in 1974 by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines

The 15th National Convention of Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), having met in Tagaytay City on November 20-21, 2008, participated in by 40 women and men representatives of human rights defenders from all over the country. Foresee the intensification of internal conflict and comprehensive violations of human rights and the international humanitarian law, by the state and non-state entities in the face of war in Mindanao, that has now displaced more than half a million civilians, and the counter-insurgency deadline by the AFP-PNP in 2010 that has already exacted a high toll on people’s lives and civil-political rights.
Aware of the brazen trampling of peoples rights to their farms and ancestral lands and ecological destruction by “development” aggression perpetrated among others by mining, power plants, logging firms that are even supported by government.

Anticipate that the upcoming 2010 elections will be fraudulent, violent and rigged by traditional politicians and may result to people’s upheavals and massive state repression.

Realize that the immediate situation will increase the ranks of political prisoners, victims of forced displacements, extra-judicial killings, involuntary disappearances and other violations of economic, social and cultural rights.

While we recognize the positive efforts, the present administration is still an obstacle to the implementation of its state obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights of its constituency. This administration is not only to be held accountable for its human rights violations but also for the breaches of the international humanitarian law.

In response to the context above, we, in behalf of the members of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) will:

Assert with political prisoners and other victims of human rights violations their human dignity towards breaking impunity;

Strengthen and broaden formations of human rights defenders (HRDs) through all programs and activities to advance human rights, particularly the right to food and water, the right to adequate housing and the right to of a people not to be deprived of their means of subsistence;

Integrate human rights as a framework and basis of action in local, national, regional and international concerns/issues in governance, development and peace.

To realize these goals, we commit ourselves:

To unite with the peoples struggling to reclaim their rights to obtain a quality of life worthy of their dignity;

To join with all forces who work for human rights, development and peace, and

To assist in the strengthening of a Philippine human rights movement through the formations of human rights defenders at all levels of society.

Inspired by the courage and sacrifices of human rights defenders, we recommit ourselves to struggle for dignity and justice for us all.

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