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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!

FREE ZARA R. ALVAREZ! NOW!

Letter 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!

Dear Mr. President Aquino,
Dear Justice Secretary Mrs. De Lima,
Dear Commission on Human Rights Chair Mrs. Rosales!

ZARA REBOTON ALVAREZ, 32 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 in an attempt to silence her and dozens of other human rights advocates in the Philippines.

At around 6pm while Alvarez was waiting for a Tricycle at the public market, about 30 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) surrounded her. Alvarez shouted for help but the soldiers warned bystanders not to intervene. Later the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Cadiz City joined the military. Alvarez was brought to the PNP Headquarters in Cadiz City. Soldiers and police failed to properly introduce themselves. They also served a warrant of arrest that neither carried Alvarez true name nor address.

Alvarez is falsely charged for the death of 1.Lt. Archie Polenzo of the Philippine Army (AFP) who died in an encounter between the New People’s Army and the AFP on March 7, 2010 in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
On top of the murder charge, Alvarez faces a robbery in band case allegedly committed by members of the New People’s Army on July 16, 2011 in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

Both charges are believed to be fabricated in the attempt to silence Alvarez and to stop her dedication and work for human rights and for genuine political and social change. Alvarez is innocent. She is neither a murderer nor did she commit robbery.

Instead, she is believed to have fallen victim to widespread political persecution targeting legal activists with trumped-up charges. There are 52 people accused of the same murder case and 29 accused of robbery in band. Many of whom are members or leading activists of local human rights and political organizations. Also detained in the Cadiz City Jail (BJMP) are church worker Anecita Yaun Rojo, who was illegally arrested on December 7, 2012 and Elizar Nabas, illegally arrested on January 24, 2013.

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!