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A Message of Solidarity from Amnesty International Philippines
Volume 22 Number 4
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 15:15

Our dear friends at Task Force Detainees of the Philippines,

We extend to you our warmest greetings on your National Convention!

You chose a very relevant theme for your convention " Defending Human Rights, Working for Justice and Building Peace in the midst of War and Corruption". Indeed, we are confronted with many challenges related to human rights abuse, impunity, internal conflict and corruption. These issues are highlighted by the fact that we read and hear about

- generals carrying more than 100,000 euros in their trip to Russia while government speak of inadequate budget for the rights of children to have roof over schoolchildren when they go to school, and
- the more than P700 million fertilizer scam when the farmers do not receive support for much needed seedlings and irrigation to improve their standard of living.

The resolution of the Mindanao conflict does not seem to be withing our sight and more than 600,000 people were displaced from their homes recently with only about 35% who have returned to their homes. Extrajudicial execution continue with impunity. And so many more of the more than 90 million Filipinos live in poverty and deprived of their rights and justice for years and years.

We must continue our commitment to improve the lives of people and assert that all human rights are for all peoples in the Philippines and the world. All human rights for all is the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which is now 60 years old.

We join you in this continuing work for human rights.

MABUHAY KAYO!
ITULOY ANG INYONG GAWAIN SA PAGSUSULONG NG KARAPATANG PANTAO!

From the Chairperson of Amnesty International Philippines,
Prof. FLORA ARELLANO

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