Today, September 13, former political prisoners, relatives and friends of political prisoners as well as members of human rights organizations hold a sympathy fast in front of Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the PNP Custodial Center where several of the political prisoners are detained, to reiterate their call to the national government to free all the political prisoners all over the country. Taking off from PNoy’s “marching orders” to the new PNP chief not to let bosses down, Karapatan expressed frustration over the government’s inaction to release political prisoners who are unjustly detained because of fabricated charges. Continue reading
Reference: Angie Ipong, SELDA (0949-9587373)
In time for commemoration of Martial Law
POLITICAL PRISONERS CONDUCT SYMBOLIC FAST FOR FREEDOM; KIN AND SUPPORTERS HOLD SYMPATHY FAST AND PICKET
In time for the commemoration of Martial Law, political prisoners in various detention centers nationwide today started their coordinated actions to call for their immediate release through general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty for all political prisoners, while sympathy fasting and picket were conducted by families, friends and supporters of political prisoners at the gate of Camp Crame in Quezon City. Continue reading
’’The release of political prisoners is not a pre-condition set by the NDFP for the continuation of the peace talks; it is a commitment by the GPH made last February in Oslo,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan chairperson and an independent observer to the peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP.
Hilao-Enriquez is referring to the GPH and NDF Oslo Joint Statement of February 21, 2011 where the GPH committed “undertake steps for the release of prisoners and detainees, including those committed to be released as found in the Second Oslo Joint Statement of 2004.”
The peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP formally opened last February in Oslo, Norway. It was the first round of talks under the P-Noy administration. The panel-to-panel talks was scheduled to resume last June but was postponed due to the delay in the release of political prisoners as promised by the GPH. Continue reading