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Human rights is not just about numbers * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

Human rights is not just about numbers

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective It’s human rights week once again and it is the time when different groups would come out with their analysis of the human rights situation prevailing in the country. At the same time, the Aquino government is into the tail end of its term, four and a half years this December, and everything that is happening now is its own doing. It is already too much of a stretch if the Aquino government would still insist on blaming the previous Arroyo administration for the problems…

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Democracy? Why is the Aquino government ignoring human rights issues? * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

Democracy? Why is the Aquino government ignoring human rights issues?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Human rights is a very important issue for us in Bulatlat. We have written about the life of each and every victim of human rights violations. We tried to provide the context by which these violations are being committed by describing the life and struggles of the victims, the organizations they belonged to, and the advocacies they were involved in. Why? We believe that one killing or one abduction or one torture is one violation too many. We believe that human rights defenders should be honored…

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NDF-EV Condemns Yet Another 19th IB Massacre Claiming The Lives of a Distinguished Scientist and His Two Assistants Press Releases and Statements 

NDF-EV Condemns Yet Another 19th IB Massacre Claiming The Lives of a Distinguished Scientist and His Two Assistants

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today condemned the massacre of a prominent botanist and his two assistants last Nov. 15, and pinned responsibility on the 19th IB, calling for its expulsion from the region for committing mass killings and other human rights violations for so many years. “The NDF-EV condoles with the families and friends of University of the Philippines professor Dr. Leonardo Co and his assistants, Sofronio Cortez and Julius Borromeo, who were indiscriminately fired upon and killed by 19th IB elements while doing fieldwork in Kananga, Leyte,” said…

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Social Justice for the Hacienda Luisita Workers Press Releases and Statements 

Social Justice for the Hacienda Luisita Workers

The peasants and farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita Inc (HLI) deservessocial justice and not deceitful schemes. They have to justlybenefit from the land they have been tilling for so long . Their human rights and fundamental rights have to be respected. Any offering or attempt to subdue their resistance against inhumane treatment is an affront against their rights.This must be at any time be opposed and condemned. The Promotion of Church Peoples Response (PCPR) is in solidarity withthe farmers of Hacienda Luisita in their struggle for land and justice and against…

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On today’s oral arguments in high court about Luisita dispute “In the end, it’s an issue of social justice’ – says human rights law group Press Releases and Statements 

On today’s oral arguments in high court about Luisita dispute “In the end, it’s an issue of social justice’ – says human rights law group

NEWS RELEASE August 18, 2010 Lawyer Edre U. Olalia, acting secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), said that the high court has the opportunity now to possibly settle the decades long land dispute between the Hacienda Luisita management and its farm workers. “This land dispute has to be viewed according to the state policy of social justice. In the end, it is the right to own the land and the economic rights of the toiling and hapless farm workers that should be addressed by the Supreme…

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Bush Govt Experimented on Detainees for Torture Techniques and Legal Cover * Latest Posts International - Front 

Bush Govt Experimented on Detainees for Torture Techniques and Legal Cover

Illegal Activity Violates Nuremberg Code and Could Open Door to Prosecution By PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Cambridge, MA– In the most comprehensive investigation to date of health professionals’ involvement in the CIA’s “enhanced” interrogation program (EIP), Physicians For Human Rights has uncovered evidence that indicates the Bush administration conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody. The apparent experimentation and research appear to have been performed to provide legal cover for torture, as well as to help justify and shape future procedures and policies governing…

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The Case of the Morong 43:  emblematic of systemic and systematic  human rights violations in  the Philippines which are bred by social conditions Press Releases and Statements 

The Case of the Morong 43: emblematic of systemic and systematic human rights violations in the Philippines which are bred by social conditions

Geneva– The Morong 43 case is emblematic of the human rights violations occurring in the Philippines. The plethora of violations at every step of the way, the various legal shortcuts, the brazen abuse or total disregard of the law and the deliberate attempts to escape accountability are conclusive evidences of so much impunity in the Philippines. Atty. Edre Olalia, one of the counsels to the Morong 43 and acting Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), made these remarks at the side event highlighting the case of…

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Armed Forces of the Philippines the biggest violator of children’s rights Press Releases and Statements 

Armed Forces of the Philippines the biggest violator of children’s rights

PRESS RELEASE Information Bureau Communist Party of the Philippines The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said claims of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that the New People’s Army (NPA) recruits children are “completely unfounded and are only desperate attempts to tarnish the image of the NPA before the public and the human rights community here and abroad.” “The CPP declares with full conviction that the NPA does not recruit children. The NPA upholds and defends the interests of children in line with the CPP’s Program for…

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World Council of Churches to continue monitoring the HR situation in the Philippines; expresses deep concern and solidarity  with Morong 43 Health Workers Press Releases and Statements 

World Council of Churches to continue monitoring the HR situation in the Philippines; expresses deep concern and solidarity with Morong 43 Health Workers

PRESS RELEASE 07 JUNE 2010 GENEVA – In a clear signal of continuing solidarity with the churches and human rights defenders in the Philippines, the World Council of Churches through its Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA-WCC) invited the delegation of the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EVPHRP) to speak before an audience at the WCC headquarters here. In welcoming the delegation, Dr. Mathews George Chunakara, Director of CCIA-WCC said the WCC has supported the human rights work in the Philippines “for as…

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