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.
As it observed the International Day of the Disappeared on Monday, an alliance of human rights organizations urged President Aquino to criminalize acts of enforced disappearances in accordance with a United Nations’ resolution on the issue.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) urged the President to certify as urgent the passage of a bill seeking to make enforced disappearance a crime and the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Crime must be called for it is. The scene of a naked man lying on the floor of the Asuncion Police Station in Tondo and writhing in pain as his penis was repeatedly tugged by PNP Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug was not an action to be condemned merely as a “grave scandal”. A domestic law has already been enacted to comply with the Philippine State’s obligation in ratifying the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Binayug must be charged with the perpetration of torture and punished with the full force of the law by his blatant violation of R.A. 9745 (The Anti-Torture Law).