International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA)
Paris-Bangkok, 29 October, 2010 - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA), have been closely monitoring the progress of a crucial case on the enforced disappearance of six contractual workers of the Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) in October 2000. More than a decade later, a pre-trial hearing was scheduled today but was postponed due to an official function called by the regional prosecutor’s office. A key former soldier witness, former Sgt.Esequias Duyogan, was due to testify against soldiers from his military unit that he identified in2007 as the main perpetrators in the kidnapping and killing of the six workers in Trento, Agusandel Sur province.
On October 14, 2000, six friends, Romualdo Orcullo, Jovencio Legare, Arnold Dangquiasan, Joseph Belar, Diosdado Oliver, and Artemio Ayala, were at a barangay fiesta – a village street party – when Army Cpl. Rodrigo Billones of the 62nd Infantry Battalion arrested them as suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and took them to the nearby military camp. The six men were contractual workers of the Paper Industry Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP). Their families have not seen them since.
(New York, October 28, 2010) – The Aquino administration should act on its pledges of justice and human rights by taking all necessary measures to protect a whistle-blowing soldier and the families of the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. Former Sgt. Esequias Duyogan is scheduled to testify in a pretrial hearing on October 29, 2010, implicating soldiers in the 2000 murder of six young men in Trento, Agusan del Sur province, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
We, participants of the 6th ASEAN Peoples Forum (APF) held in Hanoi on Sep 24-26, 2010, including members of the Steering Committee, wish to record our objections over actions to undermine the independence and democratic process of civil society groups in this region. Such interference undermines the spirit and content of the ASEAN Charter and is against ASEAN?s own commitment to engage with civil society.
In Search for Justice (ISJ)
The crimes perpetrated by the Iraqi government, military and security forces under direct instructions by Al‐Maliki and the crimes of the Iranian regime in Iraq, documents of which were published in recent days, have shocked and hurt the human conscience in contemporary years.
What has been revealed in these days before the eyes of the whole world, about conduct of Al‐ Maliki and his subordinate system as well as that of the Iranian regimeʹs Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and terrorist Qods force are undoubtedly and by all standards considered as crimes against humanity and those responsible for them should be held accountable by the international community.