The absolute prohibition of torture is under attack, and public opinion is putting up with it. This deviation from the international norm is a negation of the dignity of the human person.
Nobel Peace Prize laureates Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Rigoberta Menchú, José Ramos-Horta, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Joseph Stiglitz, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter have signed the OMCT Manifesto, "Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances".
Kofi Annan and Sandrine Salerno, Mayor of Geneva, formally signed the Manifesto on 23 June 2010 to mark the launching of an international campaign to alert everyone to the dangers which a society that tolerates torture risks.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) strongly criticizes the special treatment of former Gov. Antonio Leviste and other influential affluent inmates in the National Bilibid Prison. It not only adds insult to injury to the victims of these privileged inmates, but also, as perceived by those sensitive to justice, a mockery of our justice system. PAHRA Chairperson, Max de Mesa said, “Such special treatments are nothing more than a bonus to impunity and encourages its further perpetration and perpetuation.”
Ms. Catherine Asthon,
European Union Foreign Policy Chief
Dear Ms. Ashton,
While supporting the initiative presented by the European Parliament delegation to Iraq to reach a logical, peaceful and lasting solution for Camp Ashraf, we are requesting urgent action to have the existing solution accomplished. This is a practical and guaranteed solution for the future of all the residents in Camp Ashraf. Considering the fact that Camp Ashraf residents enjoy status of "protected persons" under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the guarantee of their protection is an international necessity. Therefore, we support a peaceful transition to find an agreeable solution.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) signs and supports the Letter of Concern regarding the human rights situation in Negros.
Today IPON and its partners call on the President's attention to ongoing human rights violations against the human rights defenders of TFM on Negros.
Sa araw na ito tayo ay nagluluksa dahil sa pagpanaw ng isa nating kasama at kapanalig. Si Sgt. Esequias Duyogan, isang ulirang Kawal Pilipino, ay nagpakita ng tunay na kahulugan ng pagiging makabayan at makadiyos. Sa kabila ng lahat ng takot at agam-agam, siya ay tumindig para sa katotohanan. ang kanyang buhay ay pagpatunay na 'di lahat ng Kawal Pilipino ay tumatalikod sa dakilang adhikain ng pagpapahayag ng katotohanan. Siya ay naging ganap na malaya dahil siya ay pumanig sa katotohanan ng walang takot at buong tapang.