Uitnodiging: Cristina Palabay getuigt…

getuigenis Tinay.docx

Cristina Palabay

secretaris generaal van de Filipijnse mensenrechtenorganisatie Karapatan

(“karapatan” betekent letterlijk “recht” in het Tagalog)


over de huidige situatie van de mensenrechten in de Filipijnen, het militaire anti-terreur programma “Oplan Bayanihan”, de recente moorden op de Lumad, de militarisatie in de gemeenschappen,…

en vraagt steun voor de

campagne “SOS – Stop the Killings”, “#StopLumadKillings …

Op vrijdag, 2 oktober van 19.00u tot 21.00u

Secretariaat PVDA, Groenplein 1, Zelzate

Karapatan is een alliantie van mensenrechtenorganisaties en -comité’s, volksorganisaties en advocaten die zich inzetten voor de verdediging en ter bevordering van de mensenrechten en burgerlijke vrijheden. Zij monitort en documenteert gevallen van mensenrechtenovertredingen, helpt en verdedigt slachtoffers,
geeft voorlichting en voert campagnes.


Democracy in the 21st century

bu-op-icons-benjieBy BENJIE OLIVEROS
Bulatlat perspective

The phone calls of citizens are recorded and turned over to intelligence agencies. Emails and Internet searches are likewise monitored. If one makes the mistake of mentioning Allah or Islam in his or her email, the said email is flagged and the sender and receiver of the message immediately targeted for surveillance.

Citizens could be approached and interrogated anytime, anywhere, even in the privacy of one’s home, without need for a warrant. Worse, one could disappear without a trace while traveling and taken to an undisclosed place. Interrogation is accompanied by torture euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Detention is indefinite and the detainee is deprived of his or her rights under the Miranda doctrine; there is no need for charges in court to justify the indefinite detention of a person.

Suspects, whether citizens or not, anywhere in the world, could be hit by a missile, making his or her family, friends, colleagues, even neighbors, collateral damage. A citizen, especially if one is colored, could be shot dead for bringing along a toy gun or toy samurai. The killing could be faster if the accosted person tries to assert his or her right and refuses to get out of his or her vehicle or go with the police. Having Arabic roots or being African American makes one a suspect immediately.

Bank accounts and personal properties could be seized anytime. Heck, even a policeman on patrol could seize a person’s money, if the latter makes the mistake of carrying a substantial amount of cash to purchase something such as a car or equipment. One could even be forced out of one’s house on the basis of a mere claim by police officers that the house is suspected of being used for illegal activities. They call it civil forfeiture.

There are investigations of abuse by intelligence or police officers but usually, nothing comes out of it. Impunity prevails.

Is the country being described one of those being demonized as “totalitarian states” and violators of human rights such as North Korea, Cuba, or Venezuela? Perhaps it is a description of Nazi Germany during World War II, except that there was no Internet yet then?

No, it is paradoxically the land of the brave and the free. It is the self-proclaimed global police, the epitome and defender of democracy. These draconian measures are being justified as necessary for the defense of the American way of life. Democracy is being defended through the curtailment and suppression of the rights of peoples. Democracy is being defended through trampling upon the sovereignty of other countries.

At the end of the day, one could ask: what are we defending again?

– See more at: http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/08/21/democracy-in-the-21st-century/#sthash.cL4HPNqc.dpuf

Ugnayan sa Waregem 2015

Halinang makipag-huntahan sa Waregem!
May tsibog na, may sayawan pa!
Makidiwang at makiisa sa mga adhikain ng UPB!

Join us in our gathering in Waregem!
Not only is there food, there’s dancing as well!
Let’s celebrate and help in the realization of the UPB objectives!

Ugnayan sa Waregem 2015
Sunday, May 24 at 4:00pm
OC Eikenhove, Albert Servaaslaan 56, 8790 Waregem

event photo 24 may
doors open

welcome address, reading/acknowledgement of solidarity,
song number

intermission numbers

1730- 1830
speech/input of the guest speaker, poem, dances and

Dance, Drink, & Eat, Disco and Rock and Roll

UPB Bi-monthly meeting and Forum on Typhoon Haiyan Victim’s Rehab Development

Saturday, May 2, 2015. UPB Bi-monthly meeting and Forum on Typhoon Haiyan Victim’s Rehab Development with chairwoman Dr. Efleda Bautista of People Surge and Mrs. Edith Burgos.