Tags: SELDA

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — Ongoing until Feb 28 is an art exhibit that seeks to visualize the state of impunity in the Philippines. Nothing has changed in “the brazenness in the commission of human rights violations in the country,” said the End Impunity Alliance, the group that put up the exhibit. Two years…

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA –On January 5, jail authorities at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame attempted to transfer Alan Jazmines, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. According to the letter of PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome recommending the…

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“The Aquino government must immediately respond to their just demands if he truly adheres to justice.” – Fe Salino, Selda-Southern Mindanao

Sidebar: While Arroyo gets special treatment, sick political prisoners barely survive

Sidebar: Political prisoners stage different forms of protest

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Relatives and supporters of political prisoners decried what they called “special treatment” accorded to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as they demanded anew the release of political prisoners in the country, especially the sick and the elderly. According to Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto…

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Nine political prisoners marked the death anniversary of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., the president’s father, by initiating their four day fasting to demand for their release. Ninoy, himself a political detainee during martial law, was assassinated Aug. 21, 1983 at the then Manila International Airport. Unlike Ninoy, the…

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“It appears that the Arroyo policy of witch-hunting, arrest, criminalization of political offenses and/or the slapping of fabricated criminal charges to silence and put behind bars human rights defenders continues to be implemented under Aquino,” Angelina Ipong, Selda spokeswoman, said.

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima pledged to study the cases of political prisoners in a dialogue with human rights groups today. Leaders of Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda), Karapatan and other groups sought a dialogue with de Lima and presented a proposal for a…

By RONALYN V. OLEA
While the rich could buy privileges in jail and mock the justice system, just like what former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste and other high-profile convicts did, the poor, who include political prisoners, suffer from torture, inhumane prison conditions and injustices.

NEWS RELEASE 28 May 2011 The Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an organization of former political prisoners, today denounced the practice of granting special privileges given to moneyed prisoners in jails such as in the National Bilibid Prisons and in Camp Bagong Diwa in the light of the recent news that…