“They are common people like us, but are organizing others.”
Tags: political prisoners
“While we celebrate her release, we continue to mount appeals for the immediate release of all political prisoners, especially the sick, women and the elderly.”
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement about freeing political detainees spurs optimism inside detention cells, and at an art show.
“What greater injustice could there be than to be robbed of one’s youth? To be jailed for one’s beliefs?”
To honor the man and his principles and to rage against the injustices that he has been a victim of, Bulatlat.com is printing the articles we published about Eduardo Serrano.
Human rights is nowhere to be found from among the Aquino administration’s priorities. And this has perpetuated, nay worsened, impunity as the Aquino administration has itself committed human rights violations in the course of its own counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan and in pushing the neoliberal agenda in the service of corporate interests.
According to human rights group Karapatan, 85 percent of political prisoners were slapped with criminal charges, a clear violation of the Hernandez political doctrine, a Supreme Court jurisprudence that prohibits the criminalization of political dissent.
“Six years into his term, Aquino has only galvanized the fact that those who expose state excesses and injustices are bound to suffer behind bars or face possible death sentence in the hands of his fascist forces.”
“I have already suffered 11 years of unjust and cruel detention as a political prisoner.”
These young women are among the many children of activists who have taken their parents’ place in the fight for justice and democracy.
The decision was based solely on the testimony of Bayani Domingo, who claimed to be a former member of the New People’s Army before he surrendered to the military in 2006.