Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Political prisoners to hold week-long fasting

From the Philippine Star (Dec 2): Political prisoners to hold week-long fasting

Political prisoners nationwide are set to holding a week-long fasting in line with the observance of the International Human Rights Day on December 10.

Starting Wednesday, more than 400 political prisoners in different detention facilities nationwide will fast until December 10.

Meanwhile, members of rights groups Karapatan and Selda and numerous peace advocates will also hold  a picket in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) main office in Manila to call on the government to free all political prisoners in the country.

The groups' members will also hold a program at the Manila Regional Trial Court on Wednesday for the hearing of multiple murder case of alleged communist leaders Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria, Rafael Baylosis, Randall Echaniz, Vicente Ladlad, and Makabayan Chair Satur Ocampo.

The groups will then march to DOJ building at Padre Faura Street to call for the withdrawal of the filing of the charges against the suspected leaders of the communist movement.


1 comment:

  1. This is Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-affiliated front group protest activity. KARAPATAN (The Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights) and SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto--The Association of Ex-Detainees Against Detention and Arrest) are both well-established CPP human rights front organizations. These groups have organized so-called political prisoners, those clandestine CPP/NDF/NPA members currently detained or found guilty of crimes by Philippine authorities, to conduct protest activity to coincide with International Human Rights Day.


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