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Paul Moist calls for end to human rights violations in Philippines

3 July 2010 One Comment

JULY 26, 2010

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) was shocked to hear that three teachers, including Mark Francisco of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), were assassinated earlier in July.

 

Antonio Tinio, National Chairperson of ACT and newly elected ACT representative in the Philippine Congress, reported to CUPE that the killings are linked to the failure of the previous administration to prosecute and punish human rights violators.

 

The following is a letter written on July 26 by Paul Moist, CUPE National President, to H. E. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines calling for an end to human rights abuses and an end to extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.

 

 

Dear President Aquino,

 

How unfortunate to have to write at the time of your inauguration regarding the recent killing of three teachers.  The Canadian Union of Public Employees is shocked and saddened to hear this news from our colleagues at the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), that three teachers, including ACT member Mark Francisco were assassinated earlier in July.

 

Antonio Tinio, the National Chairperson of ACT and newly elected ACT-Party Representative in the Philippine Congress reported to us that the killings are linked to the failure of the previous administration to prosecute and punish human rights violators.  We support the ACT’s demand for justice for their fellow teachers and their call for your new government to take decisive action to stop the killings and end impunity.

 

We are aware that over 1,000 activists and journalists were murdered in extra-judicial killings under the Arroyo government and that to date no one has been convicted.  The killings had abated under international pressure for a two-year period, but have started again since the May 2010 national and local elections.

 

CUPE members hosted two Filipino public sector union representatives in a speaking tour across Canada in the spring of 2009, and earlier this year, members of our union were hosted by ACT and COURAGE in the Philippines. We are committed to building our relationship with these unions and to support their call for an end to human rights abuses and an end to extra-judicial killings in your country.

 

We call on the Philippine government to:

 

  • Ensure an impartial investigation on the extra-judicial killing of Mark Francisco and other activists since the election;

 

  • Demilitarize the area pending investigation and disarm military-backed vigilantes;

 

  • Extend protection and assistance to the families of the murdered activists; and

 

  • Review the government’s counter-insurgence program as per the recommendations of UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions Philip Alston.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

Paul Moist

CUPE National President

 

cc: Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, OPAPP; Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin, Secretary, Department of National Defense; Atty. Leila M. De Lima, Secretary, Department of Justice; Actign Chairperson Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing, Commission on Human Rights; A. Tinio, National Chaiperson of ACT; and CUPE Local 4600.

 

What you can do

 

CUPE members are encouraged to take action by sending an email or letter to the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Demand an end to human rights abuses and an end to extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.

 

Send to:

 

Mr. H. E. Benigno S. Aquino III

President of the Republic of the Philippines

Malacanang Palace,

JP Laurel St., San Miquel

Manila, Philippines

Email:  corres@op.gov.ph  /  opnet@ops.gov.ph

Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3936

 

 

  • Hook_crook29

    i just want to ask for the rights of the teachers here in the Philippines for the protection please pls reply…because it seems that teachers is no power when it comes to their rights!