Call for 21-Day Multisectoral March against Aurora Ecozone Sounded
Press Release— Task Force Anti-APECO— 21 November 2012
They called it home; they made it flourish— and more than a hundred of them will troop to the nation’s capital rather than give it up.
On the day right before the likely bicameral approval of the P353.5 million budget of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) for 2013, various groups have bared plans for escalating the battle of Casiguran residents for their lands against the scandal-ridden, 12,923-hectare megaproject sponsored by the family of Senator Edgardo Angara, Congressman Juan Edgardo Angara and Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo.
APECO’s proponents have long alleged that the construction of the 12,923-hectare ecozone in the town of Casiguran will usher in a new era of economic and industrial progress for the province of Aurora.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- 62 grassroots, national, regional, and international civil society groups are calling upon ASEAN Member States to postpone the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, which is not worthy of its name.
The organizations vow to reject the Declaration if it is adopted with its current text. Instead, they urge ASEAN Member States to send the draft back to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) with instruction to revise it so that it accords with international human rights law.
The ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People‟s Forum (ACSC/APF) 2012 took place on the 14-16 November 2012. The event, attended by over 500 delegates, included not only participants from ASEAN member states but also representatives invited from African Union, European Union and a delegation from the USA.
A key discussion that took place over the course of the event was ASEAN member states‟ failure to produce an ASEAN Human Rights Declaration that matches or even exceeds existing international human rights standards. As such, we the delegates of the ACSC/APF, refuse to endorse the Declaration and instead, will continue to use standards set in international human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to measure progress in the region.
GEN. NESTOR FAJURA
Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office
Philippine National Police
COL. ERICK PARAYNO
Chief, Human Rights Office,
With due respect to the Kiblawan Philippine National Police (PNP) Progress Spot Reports and the Press Release of the 10th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army (PA), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) would like to express its concern regarding the investigations and processes undertaken by both institutions.
PAHRA fears a possible suppression of data and glossing over of possible human rights violations and criminal liabilities by the 10th ID, PA and the Kiblawan PNP on what actually transpired in the Kiblawan Massacre last October 18, 2012 due to either lack of due diligence, thoroughness or transparency in their investigations and institutional procedures.
Dr. June Pagaduan Lopez, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Manila, was selected to be part of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) from 2012 to 2016.
Lopez will serve as an expert in monitoring detention conditions around the world, said the Medical Action Group (MAG), a non-government organization which she helped establish.