OMCT addresses the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
on the root causes of torture and other forms of violence
in Kenya and the Philippines
The human rights watchdog KARAPATAN today renewed calls for the ouster of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in order to improve the human rights and overall situation in the country.
The daughter of abducted NDF (National Democratic Front) consultant Leo Velasco yesterday went "camp hopping" in search of her father but failed to locate him. She however said that their conversation with the intelligence agent at ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) strengthened her suspicion that her father is under military custody.
DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS! NO TO POLITICAL HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, REPRESSION!
The Philippine Government, headed by de facto President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has once again brandished an undemocratic, unjust and cruel rule. She has placed three GABRIELA Network (GABNet) leaders on a "watch list" and has already prohibited GABNet Chair Dr. Annalisa Enrile from returning home to Los Angeles.
As overseas Filipino women, the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC) and its member organizations are gravely concerned with the Philippine President Arroyo government’s political harassment of Dr. Annalisa Enrile, a U.S. citizen, assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, and national chair of Gabriela Network (GABNet) USA.
The families of victims of enforced disappearances under the banner of Desaparecidos and the human rights alliance KARAPATAN today welcomed the news that the Manalo brothers had escaped their military captors and tormentors. We likewise share the hope of the Cadapan and Empeño families with the news that the Manalo brothers saw Sherlyn and Karen alive.
We laud Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo's bravery in telling the world of the plight of other compatriots who have been abducted and held in 'ghost prisons' by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Families of desaparecidos today called on lawmakers to help them find justice for their missing kin by enacting a law criminalizing enforced disappearance.
“Our honorable representatives of the 14th Congress, please help light our way in our search for justice for our missing loved ones by denouncing this heinous crime and enacting a law against enforced disappearance,” said Ghay Portajada, spokesperson of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos).
All Souls’ Day Tribute
Families light candles, vow to serve justice for the disappeared
Latest victim is Bayan-Eastern Visayas leader who was abducted Oct. 28
Relatives of victims of enforced disappearance light candles in tribute to their missing loved ones today, All Souls’ Day, with the burning hope that they will be surfaced and that the perpetrators will be brought before the bar of justice.
We welcome the US Senate’s decision to impose human rights-related conditions for the additional military aid to the Arroyo government. We have been urging the US Senate to rethink giving aid to the Philippine government given its failure to address extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other forms of human rights violations.