Similar to the end of a grading period, the alliance rated PNOY’s 100 days with an incomplete grade for the selective steps to investigate and resolve national issues such as the Manila hostage taking incident, the torture incident in the Asuncion, Tondo Police Station, the North triangle demolition, and the Reproductive health bill.
“While we laud the initial efforts of the President Aquino in fighting graft and corruption and supporting reproductive rights, PNOY in his first 100 days, was not able to address key human rights issues nationwide. PNOY’s 100 days reflected the continuing inhumane practice of torture, arbitrary arrests and detention and extrajudicial killings.” Max de Mesa, chairperson of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said.
Civil society groups led by the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) start today (Sept. 23) the conduct of a two-day fact-finding mission in the former property of the Teves family in Negros Oriental.
Bel Formanes, team leader of the mission, said the fact-finding aims to verify the complaints filed by Task Force Mapalad (TFM), a peasant advocate group, regarding the ejection of 31 farmer-beneficiaries from the land awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
On the anniversary of the Martial law declaration, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) challenges President Benigno Aquino III as chief executive and the commander in chief of the armed forces to clearly order: Walang torture, walang enforced disappearance, walang extrajudicial killing, sa aking administrasyon.
PAHRA Chairperson Max de Mesa said, “PNOY’s tuwid na daan needs strong and solid foundations based on human rights. While we welcome the establishment of human rights offices within the security forces, random statements on respecting human rights, and the calling of a human rights summit, these efforts at the moment are insufficient in addressing on-going violations that have accumulated over the past administrations.”
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates joins Alyansa Tigil Mina today in marching against irresponsible mining in the last day of the International Mining Conference in Manila.
“Under the pretense of development, multi-national mining companies have subjected communities to exploitative conditions. They have created havoc in the once peaceful existence of Filipinos and the national resources in the countryside. Many have fallen victim under this pretense and have perished due to the rejection of large-scale mining operations.” Max de Mesa, Chairperson of PAHRA said.
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) would like to congratulate you on your recent election as President of the Philippines. We welcome your strong commitment to human rights and justice as expressed during your election campaign and more recently in your focus on ending impunity for extrajudicial killings.