Asian Movements’ Statement on the Green Economy
Fight for Our Future! No Price on Nature!
We are movements and organizations from Asia, waging struggles on various fronts and arenas to defend our rights, resist policies and projects that cause harm and destruction, and to fight for immediate priorities and demands, as well as profound transformation of our societies.
The impeachment verdict had been cast. The defendant Chief Justice Renato C. Corona had been found guilty by 20 of 23 Senator-Judges due to the former’s culpability under Article II of the impeachment complaint to disclose his dollar accounts in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN). The information obtained, not pro-actively given, about the violation of the Constitution, had underscored the government’s obligation of transparency and accountability to its citizenry.
It is the people’s right to demand accountability from every branch of and every official in government, including the officers of the security forces. To obtain truth and justice, the people have the right to demand for full disclosure from those who have chosen to serve and / or to protect. The people must always keep their eyes open to ensure that the collective or collegiate character to serve and / or to protect is not distorted to a conspiracy for corruption and impunity.
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The government should put premium on documenting human rights abuses in Mindanao particularly cases of illegal arrests even as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) convened on Tuesday in Geneva for its universal periodic review conducted every four years.
Rosemarie R. Trajano, secretary-general of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), told Business World in a telephone interview that the government lacks efforts in documenting human rights violations in the South.
Torture in the Philippines was among the primary focuses of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the country’s Universal Periodic Review yesterday.
More than 15 states focused on torture in their recommendations to improve human rights in the Philippines. These recommendations include:
Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review
13th Working Group Session
UPR Intervention for the Philippines
May 29, 2012
The United States warmly welcomes Secretary Leila de Lima and the Philippines delegation to the UPR Working Group.
We support the Aquino Administration’s efforts to bring those committing crimes, including members of the security forces, to justice and its demonstration of the political will to promote human rights in development and governance.