Stop the repression of Political Prisoners in the Philippines!
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Demanding fair wages for workers…food and shelter for victims of typhoons…land for farmers and indigenous people…and peace and sovereignty instead of militarization is NOT a crime! Workers, teachers, students, women, farmers, journalists, and health care providers should not be put in prison for standing up for what is right. While unjustly imprisoned, they should NOT be subjected to actions which violate their rights further, including harassment and death threats, and being blocked from receiving legal counsel or medical attention. Because the Philippine government thinks it can cover up its crimes against people who are locked up, the international community must demand an end to these abuses.
We support the Joint Manifestation filed by political prisoners of the Special Intensive Care Area 1- Metro Manila District Jail in Camp Bagong diwa on January 27, 2015 asking S/Superintendent and current jail warden Michelle Ng-Bonto to be required to explain violations of the rights of political prisoners under her watch. We are very disturbed by the allegations of prisoners being abused and having their rights violated, under the direction of Ng-Bonto.
Among the many violations described in the manifestation, especially troubling is the report that Ng Bonto suspended visiting rights of all prisoners on January 14, 2015 in retaliation for constitutionally protected actions of the prisoners, which directly violates the all of the prisoners’ rights. This action by the warden herself effectively instigated harassment and threats against the political prisoners; by utilizing the tired old tactic of divide and conquer, the warden is playing members of the violent Sputnick gang to make serious death threats against the political prisoners.
Warden Ng Bonto has also prevented legal counsel and medical personnel from visiting the prisoners, another clear violation of the Rights of Detained Persons (Republic Act 7438). Considering the weak physical condition of many political prisoners, the act of denying visits by prisoners’ doctors puts the prisoners’ lives literally at risk.
We join the prisoners, their families, and human rights advocates worldwide in demanding that the abuses stop immediately, for the swift conduct of a full and impartial investigation, and for perpetrators to be held accountable.
We also call on the Philippine Government and all bureaus, offices, and departments under it including jails to observe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all the major Human Rights instruments that it is a party and signatory to.
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