Obs. Thomas Lum is a Specialist on Asian Affairs. FIDH delegation and Filipino human rights defenders met with him in Washington DC during the counterterrorism interface last November 2010.
We have no photo documentation of the horrific massacre of infants (ninos inocentes) as mentioned in the Bible of Christians. But, though the butchering of the infants and children is incomparable in scale and barbarity, we can have an idea of how gory such a despicable act was from the retrieved mangled, bullet-ridden bodies of 57 victims of the Ampatuan massacre.
In celebration of the International day of human rights, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) along with its partner organizations challenge President Aquino to dismantle major roadblocks to the enjoyment of human rights by the poor, marginalized and vulnerable sectors within ten days from December 10.
Clear positions and appropriate steps regarding these human rights issues should be contained in a national human rights action plan and determinedly implemented with due diligence.
Geneva, 10 December 2010. On the occasion of the UN Human Rights Day the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) calls for urgent steps to protect persons from torture worldwide and to fully restore respect for the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The massive campaign of intimidation against WikiLeaks is sending a chill through free press advocates everywhere.
Legal experts say WikiLeaks has likely broken no laws. Yet top US politicians have called it a terrorist group and commentators have urged assassination of its staff. The organization has come under massive government and corporate attack, but WikiLeaks is only publishing information provided by a whistleblower. And it has partnered with the world's leading newspapers (NYT, Guardian, Spiegel etc) to carefully vet the information it publishes.