Human rights watchdog Karapatan and the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights (Ecumenical Voice) are set to go to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to formally file their complaint against the government and state forces, in line with the case of the 43 health workers who were arrested while in training in Morong, Rizal last February 5th.
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives demands the Philippine government to immediately release the Morong 43, which has been reported heavily tortured—physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Friends and colleagues of Morong 43, the health workers arrested over the weekend in Morong, Rizal have decided to hold the filing of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus following reports that the detainees are undergoing inquest.
Dr. Eleanor Jara, a general physician and currently the executive director of the CHD said that contrary to the claims of Col. Aurelio Baladad, commander of the 202nd IB-PA the abducted health and medical professionals were all volunteer of different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and not by any means, connected with the communist rebels.
Dr. Geneve E. Rivera-Reyes, Head’s secretary-general in a statement said the 43 health workers were illegally arrested and detained at the headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
NDFP’s Fidel V. Agcaoili expresses fears that the climate of fear and terror that is being sown by the Gonzales and by the AFP and other security forces can lead into a failure of election scenario, thus making Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stay in power.
Dr. Editha Burgos who chairs a human rights’ group Desaparecidos, an association of families, friends and sympathizers of the victims of the enforced disappearances, is currently on a European tour to talk about enforced disappearances in the country.