The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) denounces the arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights defender Jean Marie Ferraris in Jakarta in July 2010 and the distortion of facts as reflected in the statement of Retired Police Director Rodolfo “Boogie” Mendoza published in a leading broadsheet in November 6, 2010 regarding Ferraris alleged communist-related financial activities in Indonesia as reason for the arrest.
The outright accusations against Ferraris’ heading the international financial cell of the Communist Party of the Philippines manifest the continued trend of labelling human rights defenders as insurgents and enemies of the state. Such trend is clearly indicated in the arbitrary arrests and detention of the 43 health workers arrested in Morong, Rizal for allegedly attending a session on making explosives.
Mexico -- On 8-11 November 2010 the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will meet for the fourth time, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, following meetings in Brussels, Belgium (2007), Manila, Philippines (2008) and Athens, Greece (2009).
The GFMD is an inter-governmental consultative process open to all UN Member States. The process is state-led, voluntary, non-binding and informal. The GFMD is the only inter-governmental forum that exists at the international level to discuss migration policies and practices.
PAHRA supports the position of DLSU-College of Law on the issue
Our job as legal educators is to shape lawyers, not fixers. That is why we take plagiarism and other forms of cheating very seriously. We do not want intellectually dishonest lawyers because we know how easily they can succumb to graver forms of corruption. But all our efforts will be in vain if the highest court tolerates the practice.
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA)
Paris-Bangkok, 29 October, 2010 - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA), have been closely monitoring the progress of a crucial case on the enforced disappearance of six contractual workers of the Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) in October 2000. More than a decade later, a pre-trial hearing was scheduled today but was postponed due to an official function called by the regional prosecutor’s office. A key former soldier witness, former Sgt.Esequias Duyogan, was due to testify against soldiers from his military unit that he identified in2007 as the main perpetrators in the kidnapping and killing of the six workers in Trento, Agusandel Sur province.
On October 14, 2000, six friends, Romualdo Orcullo, Jovencio Legare, Arnold Dangquiasan, Joseph Belar, Diosdado Oliver, and Artemio Ayala, were at a barangay fiesta – a village street party – when Army Cpl. Rodrigo Billones of the 62nd Infantry Battalion arrested them as suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and took them to the nearby military camp. The six men were contractual workers of the Paper Industry Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP). Their families have not seen them since.