Statement of Unity: FILIPINO-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ALLIANCE

JFAV UPDATES

November 26, 2916

Statement of Unity:

FILIPINO-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ALLIANCE

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In October 2016, groups active in cities across north America formed Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA), a broad coalition of organizations and individuals opposing President Duterte’s attacks on human rights in the Philippines.

-In his first five months in office, President Duterte, through reprehensible public statements, encouraged vigilante justice, thus instigating unabated extrajudicial killings of thousands of drug suspects by police and vigilante elements as part of his war on drugs. More than 5,000 people have been killed so far in the Philippines’ drug war.

-President Duterte carried out a hero’s burial of the former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, despite the well-documented and grave violations of human rights and plunder perpetrated by the dictator, and the absence of an apology from the Marcoses.

-President Duterte bandied about threats to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and declare martial law.

FAHRA demands that President Duterte expressly denounce extrajudicial killings, desist from exhorting people and police to kill drug users and suspects, conduct a thorough and effective investigation of the killings, and fully cooperate with investigations by international human rights advocates such as the United Nations Special Rapporteur.

FAHRA demands that President Duterte be held fully accountable for the stealthy hero’s burial of the dictator Marcos at the LNMB, and that he exercise his executive prerogative to order the exhumation of the Marcos remains from the LNMB gravesite reserved for Philippine hero and have these flown back to Marcos’ hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

A hero’s burial for Marcos glosses over the crimes he committed against the Filipino people during the 13 years he usurped power. When Marcos was finally booted out of the country by a people power uprising in 1986, he fled with an estimated $10 billion worth of plundered loot hidden worldwide. The dictator left the economy in shambles, with $28 billion of external debt, an inflation rate of over 50%, 58.9% incidence of poverty, and a negative economic growth rate. Marcos dealt brutally with those who opposed his one-man rule. Amnesty International estimates the number of opponents killed by the Marcos dictatorship at 3,240, the number tortured at 34,000 and the number imprisoned at 70,000.

FAHRA demands that President Duterte uphold due process and civil liberties, cease threatening to declare martial law, and stop any plans he might have to impose authoritarian rule.15135896_10208056073824960_2710043578821660784_n

FAHRA, aligned with international conventions to protect the civil, political, economic, and social rights of all people, unequivocally condemns all human rights abuses past and present, and affirms that no perpetrator of human rights abuses be conferred hero status as was brazenly done with Marcos, who was buried at LNMB with full military honors.

FAHRA will fight any and all future transgressions against human rights.

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