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.
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), writes to inform you about the harassment committed against a hapless muslim belonging to a Tausog tribe. The victim is Mr. Temogen Sahipa Tulawie, 39 years old, married with five (5) children, a resident of Scott road, Jolo, Sulu, island of Mindanao, Philippines.
It is exactly 3,650 days today since six contractual workers of PICOP Resources Inc. were seen alive before they disappeared that fateful night of October 14, 2000. The six workers collectively known as PICOP 6 were Joseph Belar, Jovencio Lagare, Romualdo Orcullo, Diosdado Oliver, Artemio Ayala Jr. and Arnold Dangkiasan. They were abducted by members of the Philippine Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion headed by Corporal Rodrigo Billiones, then based in Sta. Maria, Trento, Agusan del Sur.
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.