Release detained Philippine human rights defender Zara R. Alvarez! Now!
  • Petitioning Leila De Lima, Justice Secretary, Department of Justice

This petition will be delivered to:

Leila De Lima, Justice Secretary, Department of Justice
Loretta Ann P. Rosales, Chair, Commission on Human Rights
Benigno Aquino III, President, Philippine Government

Release detained Philippine human rights defender Zara R. Alvarez! Now!

    1. Petition by

      Free Zara Alvarez Movement

ZARA REBOTON ALVAREZ, 33 years old, is a teacher by profession and a human rights and political activist. She was illegally arrested on October 30, 2012 in her hometown Cadiz City. To date she is still detained on trumped-up charges of murder and robbery in band in an attempt to silence her and dozens of other human rights advocates in the Philippines.

She is believed to have fallen victim to widespread political persecution targeting legal activists with trumped-up charges.

Alvarez was the chair and national council member of ANAK BAYAN-Negros, a progressive youth organization, and a deputy general secretary of the umbrella organization BAYAN-Negros. She also was the campaign and education director for the human rights organization KARAPATAN-Negros. A single mother of a three-year-old child she still manages to work for the alliance of human rights advocates in North Negros (NNAHRA).

Committed to assist the marginalized and disadvantaged in the Philippine society to assert their basic civil, political, social and economic rights, Alvarez became herself a victim of the injustice she was exposing.

We, family, friends and fellow activists and human rights defenders, appeal for the immediate and unconditional release of ZARA R. ALVAREZ for her to rejoin her daughter, her family and to exercise her constitutional rights!

There are more than 400 Political Prisoners detained by the Philippine government today. Help end political persecution in the Philippines. Free all Political Prisoners in the Philippines!


Recent signatures


    1. 507 more people call for Zara's Release!

      We sent additional 507 signatures to President Aquino, Justice Secretary De Lima and Commission on Human Rights chair Rosales! Free Zara! End political persecution of human rights defenders!

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Happy Mother's Day Zara!

      What is happy about this day, you may ask.

      Instead it’s a painful day as you remain unjustly confined behind bars, cruelly separated from your daughter who longs for your loving care, your guidance and every day presence.

      Still, the greeting is due for you are who you are to your daughter:

      The best mother on earth!

      Stay strong!
      We love you for who you are and we believe in you!

      May justice be served and set you free!

    4. More than 350 signatures on the printed petition!

      Simultanously to the online peition we gather signatures for the printed petiton. We now have a total of more than 700 signatures! Thanks to all who signed! Please continue sharing, posting and reposting! Help to create a noise, help to make it an effective call for freedom and justice!

    5. Reached 250 signatures

      Zara thanks all of you who have signed the petition and who express support to her while she continues to unjustly face the grey and heated prison walls and suffers from the separation from her daughter!

      In less than two weeks more than 300 people signed our online and printed petition for the immediate and unconditional release of Zara! We want her back! We want her to return home! Justice now!
      Please continue to sign.

    7. Reached 200 signatures
    8. Free Zara Alvarez - Free all Political Prisoners protest

      On April 2, 2013 members of people's organizations (Bayan, Anak Pawis, Gabriela Women's Partylist, Karapatan) and members of the Free Zara Alvarez Movement gathered to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Zara Alvarez, Anecita Rojo, Elizar Nabas and all other political prisoners!

      Free Zara Alvarez Movement

      The FZAM campaigns for the release of Zara Alvarez, a Philippine activist, illegally arrested on...

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. Zara's own account

      Zara Alvarez

      Zara Alvarez I am Zara Reboton Alvarez, a single mother of a three-year-old child. I am an activist, a former chairperson of ANAKBAYAN-Negros, Deputy Secretary General of BAYAN-Negros, Campaign and Education Officer of KARAPATAN-Negros and a current Staff of the North Negros Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (NNAHRA).

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. 137 signatures today!

      Today, 137 people signed our printed petition!

    13. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 5 months ago

      “Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”

      ― Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

    • Sarah Barnett GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • 6 months ago

      Please let her and all political prisoners go.

      • 9 months ago

      Have been working in The P.I. for a long time

      • 9 months ago

      Everything except freedom is for a a political activist like her unacceptable.

      • 9 months ago



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