A forum on the human rights crisis in the Philippines


A forum on the human rights crisis in the Philippines
November 25 (Friday)
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Lounge, 1/F St. Andrew's Christian Centre
St. Andrew's Church
138 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Guest Speaker:  Jane Balleta
                       GABRIELA Health Worker
                       Former detainee from the "Morong 43"
Reactors: Fr. Franco Mela, PIME (On the killing of Fr. Pops)
               Norman Uy Carnay, BAYAN-HK (On the prospects of peace in the Philippines

The forum is open to everyone. For questions, please call Ms. Jackie Hung (92681803) or Mr. Eman Villannueva (97585935) of the HKCAHRPP.

(About the guest speaker: Even at a young age, Jane Balleta is no stranger to human rights violations. She was one of the 43 health workers illegally arrested in Morong, Rizal in February 2010. After 10 months of intense campaign with considerable support from the international community, the detained health workers were released. Jane is also the granddaughter of esteemed labor activist and legislator, Rep. Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran who himself became victim of various human rights abuses during his days as an activist and member of the Philippine Congress.)

The human rights situation in the Philippines is still very much in crisis. Victims extrajudicial killings, involuntary disappearance, massacre, torture and illegal arrest and detention of the previous Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo government are still waiting for justice. On top of these cases, the current government has come up with its own counter-insurgency design that has been resulting to the same atmosphere of terror and impunity as that of the past administration.

According to the human rights group Karapatan, there have been 55 cases of extrajudicial killings, eight cases of enforced disappearance, 41 cases of torture and 95 cases of illegal arrest and detention documented under the Aquino government. Almost 11,000 civilians have been subjected to threats, intimidation and harassment while more than 10,000 people have been affected by the use of schools, hospitals and other places for military purposes.

The most recent victim of extrajudicial killing was Fr. Fausto Tentorio, an Italian priest from PIME who has been actively working with the indigenous people in Mindanao for more than 30 years to resist land grabbing, destructive mining activities and militarization.

It is high time to look again into the human rights condition in the Philippines - a country where impunity reigns and human rights violations continue
Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of
Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines
c/o ASA, No. 2 Jordan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
Tel. (852) 98105070, 97409406        Fax. (852) 25262894
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