Human rights violations continue despite HR month -CEGP

Human rights violations continue despite HR month
“These gross acts of violence must end now!” – CEGP

For the commemoration of today’s International Human Rights Day, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) joined the mass mobilization in Manila to urge the Aquino administration for immediate action to end impunity.

“Our task as campus journalists to register the gross human rights violations in the country has never been more urgent as it is today,” said Marc Lino Abila, CEGP National Deputy Secretary General. “It is very painful for us to report these multiple incidents of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, tortures, rapes, and other forms of violations against our countrymen, and event against our fellow youth. And instead of helping us to end such miserable acts of disrespect and violence, the Aquino government turns a blind eye and even helps perpetuate these kinds of acts through Oplan Bayanihan!” Abila added.

According to the report of Tanggulan, the youth organization for human rights, there has been 132 extrajudicial killings, 127 political detainees, and 72 torture cases had occur within Aquino’s presidency, among others. Two days ago, two members of Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), one of which was CEGP former National Secretary General, was abducted and illegally detained by suspected military elements. Yesterday, three more cases of extrajudicial killings was reported by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (PNE) where a farmer and two environmental advocates were killed by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Also, CEGP received reports of campus militarization of three different student publications where student journalists are spied and intimidated by the military, among many other forms of harassment against student publications and the youth.

“With this fascist government and blunt justice system, it is not acceptable for us to just sit in our publication offices while hundreds of people suffer from the grotesque acts of violence and misery. It is time for us to step out of our doors and march together with these thousands of people to urge Aquino to end the culture of impunity. Because the rights of the victims of human rights violations are the rights of every one of us, and their sufferings are also our sufferings, so we shall stand with all our might to defend our rights,” Abila ended.

A candle lighting vigil will also be held at 5pm at the San Beda College, Manila, in partnership with the Bedan, the official student publication of the College of Arts and Sciences, San Beda College – Manila, and  the Bedan Advocacy and Consciousness Enhancement Society (BACES.) ###