We remember EDSA People Power Revolution today with memories of the united struggle of the people during the 1986 uprising against the decades-long tyranny of the Marcos’ rule. The purpose of the EDSA revolt then was beyond bringing down the fall of a dictator but more importantly to break impunity.
The institutions and organizations below have signed this statement in disapproval of the criteria and formation of the Constitutional Committee, whereby the committee does not include a single female expert.
Geneva, 22 February 2011. The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Human Rights Solidarity (HRS) condemn the unlawful killings of protesters by Libyan security forces amidst protests calling for change that have started on 15 February 2011 and urge the Libyan authorities to immediately cease the violent repression.
By Ricardo B. Reyes, President, Freedom from Debt Coalition
TWENTY FIVE YEARS — a generation — have passed since the EDSA uprising cum military coup ended the Marcos dictatorship and installed a new government which promised democracy, peace, and a better life for our people.
These promises are embodied in the present Constitution – the 1987 Constitution. We cite the economic side first. In Article XII, National Economy and Patrimony, Section 1, the fundamental objectives of our economic development are laid down, namely:
We stand together in asserting that peace is our right as a people and peacebuilding is responsibility of all.
The long standing war between the Government of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the Philippines –New People’s Army –National Democratic Front must end. Peace talks are an essential mechanism in achieving the political settlement of the protracted armed conflict. The peace negotiations help ensure the commitment of both parties on reduction of human rights and humanitarian violations.