Migrante International joins other sectors in demanding justice and calling for the unconditional release of for more than 400 political prisoners, among them 130 sick and elderly political detainees through a general amnesty.
As International Human Rights Day nears, Migrante reminds Pres. Duterte and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) of the commitment to a just and lasting peace. The release of political prisoners is a major part of the GPH’s political obligation to correct the injustices of previous, as well as proof of its commitment to uphold all previously signed agreements between the GPH and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), including the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL).
“To demand for decent wages and employment, land for the landless, food and shelter for the impoverished, and basic social services for the people is not a crime, yet more than 400 political prisoners remain incarcerated for having fought and struggled for these basic rights. Their demands are same as ours, their fight not isolated from the Filipino people’s. Their struggle is our struggle. Their freedom is our freedom,” said Mic Catuira, Migrante International deputy secretary-general.
“Unless the Duterte government makes good its promise, we have reason to doubt the GPH’s sincerity in the ongoing peace talks with the NDFP. We also condemn in strongest terms violations of the unilateral ceasefire by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). We call on Pres. Duterte to do away with Marcosian actions and tactics. He must prove himself still worthy of the people’s trust and confidence by holding accountable all human rights violators in the military, police and in government. He must cease from carrying on the legacies of Martial Law by putting a stop to Oplan Bayanihan that continues to terrorize communities,” he said.
Catuira called on all freedom-loving Filipinos around the world to continue to call for the release of all political prisoners and to continue to fight for a just and lasting peace. ###