Rights Groups Urge Aquino to Prosecute Arroyo, Human Rights Violators

Specific Demands

Karapatan said rendering justice means prosecuting and punishing the guilty parties in these violations, indemnifying the victims; and declaring not to do similar transgressions again. The group called on the Aquino administration to scrap the Arroyo government’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya – which rights groups believe is the cause of the spike in political killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations – and desist from implementing a similar counter-insurgency campaign.

Lorena Santos, daughter of missing National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Leo Velasco, called on Aquino to use his power as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to order the surfacing of the disappeared. “Whether they are imprisoned or have been buried, we must see them,” Santos said as she fought back tears.

“We urge Aquino to open up military camps, safe houses and expedite the investigation of cases of enforced disappearances,” Santos, also deputy secretary general of Desaparecidos, said.

Desaparecidos also called on the Aquino administration to pass a law criminalizing enforced disappearances and ratify the United Nations’ International Convention for the Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances.

Roneo Clamor, husband of Dr. Merry Mia-Clamor, one of the Morong 43, reiterated his call for the release of the 43 health workers and other political prisoners.

Clamor pointed out that even as the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG) has been abolished last year, the filing of trumped-up charges against government critics continues.

Clamor also urged Aquino to issue the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to the Anti-Torture Act passed late last year. (Bulatlat.com)

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    The out going president gloria macapagal-arroyo should be held accountable of human rights abuses during her administration – to put an end to the so-called impunity in the government. at this point in time the incoming president noynoy aguino should give priority to this and break the ice on impunity.

  2. it is about time that those who are guilty of these horriable crimes be brought to justice even if it mean indictment for the outgoing presiden and also her husband. the Phillipines must take action now while the poeple are ready to stand behind thier new president and let all the chips fall where they may. this will also send a single to so called war lords or any of those who can take a human life that they will pay for this.

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