Free our sisters! Release Miradel Torres, Andrea Rosal and all women political prisoners in the Philippines
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Land rights activist Andrea Rosal, 32, was also pregnant with her first child when arrested on March 27, 2014. The case of Rosal, an organizer of peasants in Laguna, is similar to that of Torres’ – she was denied due process and accused of criminal offenses to impede her work as a woman human rights defender. Subjected to inhumane conditions in jail, Andrea lost her baby a few days after she gave birth on May 2014. Andrea is the daughter of Roger Rosal, the deceased spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines. She was abducted by the military when she was a child to force her father to surrender. The military surfaced her after a strong campaign denouncing her abduction was conducted.
Miradel Torres, 27, was pregnant with her second child when she was illegally arrested on June 20, 2014. Torres, a member of Gabriela, was not accorded due process and is charged with fabricated criminal charges. She gave birth to her baby boy last November 2014 at the Philippine General Hospital and she continues to rear the baby in jail.
Both are still detained. There are 42 women political prisoners out of the 485 total political prisoners in the Philippines. They are considered political prisoners because they were illegally and imprisoned for their political beliefs and their work for social justice and human rights issues in the country.
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