Kansai Action Center on Philippine Human Rights Issues, Bisperas ng HR Day, Sanju Subway Station Entrance, Kyoto

by rolandotolentino

Unang pagkilos, pamumudmod ng situationer/statement hinggil sa politikal na pagpaslang sa bukana ng subway sa downtown Kyoto.

Kahit na malamig at marami ay mas abala sa huling gabi ng weekend, kalahating oras na nanguna sa pagkilos ang solidarity group sa Kyoto.

Heto ang kanilang sulat kay GMA:

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Malacanang Palace Compound
New Executive Building
J.P. Laurel Street
San Miguel 1005
Manila , Philippines

Director General Oscar Calderon
Philippine National Police Chief

Lt. General Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr.
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of The

Raul Gonzales
Secretary of Justice,

Dear Ms. President,

Dec 9, 2007

Claiming for Justice for the Victims of Extra-judicial
Killings and Enforced Disappearances in the Philippines

We are Japanese NGO and citizen groups tackle the issues
regarding Philippines and human rights. We, the
undersigned, have expressed grave concerns over sharply
increasing extrajudicial killings that many left
activists, members of legal political party religionists
or journalists are killed suspiciously under the Arroyo
administration since2001.

we announced joint statements on the occasion of ASEAN
Summit or President Arroyo’s visit to JAPAN, In addition
that we have claimed the Philippine government to stop the
extrajudicial killings and the enforced disappearance
immediately and complete investigation.

We welcome the fact that the following progress have been

*Investigative report has been issued by the Melo
Commission that revealed
the involvement of soldiers.
*The Philippine government has accepted the visit of
Philip Alston, A United Nations
special rapporteur. Furthermore, he issued a report that
acknowledges military involvement and then, he met with
governmental officials.
* After receiving the report by the Melo Commission,
President Arroyo ordered the setting up of a special
tribunal to try cases of extrajudicial killings and
disappearances, the reinforcement of the witness
protection program, and the conduct of joint investigation
by the Department of Justice, Armed Force of the
Philippines and Commission of Human Rights.
*The special investigation team formed by the national
police (Task Force Usig) announced that perpetrators in
about 80 cases have been prosecuted.
*The Supreme Court held a Summit inviting not only
government parties but also NGO affiliates in order to
seek resolution of problems including extrajudicial

The Supreme Court also established the redress system
which can order victims’ protection, victims’
investigation, and disclosure of information. This system
has actually helped to release some victims, which gave
some hope to other victims.

However, political killings and enforced disappearances
still continue.

According to the Philippine human rights NGO, KARAPATAN,
68 victims of extrajudicial killings and 26 enforced
disappearances have been reported since January to October, 2007.

The Armed Force of the Philippines as an organization has
never accepted its responsibility in spite of the fact
that the national police have prosecuted military
personnel who were pointed out in the report of Philip
Alston, the Special Rapporteur.

The investigation by the national police has been only a
small portion of the cases that have been happening, and
among the prosecuted cases, those that have been submitted
for decision were very few. Also, prosecution of crimes
has not been carried out properly. In fact, we interviewed
witnesses and relatives in 15 extrajudicial killing cases
and 3 enforced disappearance cases, and none of those cases has
been solved. Furthermore, neither compensation nor official apology for
victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced
disappearances has been made.

Since the Philippine government has an obligation to
protect human rights within its jurisdiction, the
government is obliged to prevent occurrence of the grave
human rights violation such as extrajudicial killings and
enforced disappearances, and once it happens, to
investigate the human rights violation, identify
responsible persons, and prosecute them. As governmental
organs are involved in the human rights violations, the
Philippine government should also compensate victims and
give official apology.

On the occasion of Human Rights Day on December 10th, we
demands effective measures to prevent extrajudicial
killings and enforced disappearances; investigations
against elements from the military and police hierarchy
who failed to supervise perpetrators, or worse,
participated in the actual commission of human rights
violations; and apologies and compensation for the victims
from the Philippine government.

Furthermore, we again calls on the Japanese government,
who enjoys friendly relations with the Philippine
government being its biggest donor of development aid,
to continue conversations with the Philippine government
on human rights issues, monitor the process of the
restoration of human rights such as investigation,
prosecution, apologies and compensation in order to ensure
accountability and justice.

Finally,   we demand that any new yen loan should not be
carried out until the improvement of human rights
situation and accountability mechanism are clearly

Yours truly,

Amnesty International Japan
Tokyo & Yokohama People’s Network against the Political
Killings in the Philippines

Philippines Watch Japan