(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.
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.