I Am Melissa Roxas: http://www.vimeo.com/5446595
Obama, What About the Philippines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbOQSv-DcMM
Dear Obama, GMA is on the Wrong Side of History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFANG4L8d1Y
Yup, it’s our turn. Please send a quick email to the White House! Here’s a template letter! Click, copy and send! HERE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Template Letter to President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
Before you meet with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the White House on July 30, I urge you to look into the case of Melissa Roxas, a U.S. citizen and survivor of torture in the Philippines. I urge you to include human rights in the Philippines and Melissa Roxas as an integral portion of your meeting with President Arroyo.
I am deeply concerned for the well-being of U.S. citizen, Melissa Roxas, a survivor of torture. On May 19, 2009, she was abducted while doing community health work in the Philippines. She has spoken out publicly in Los Angeles and is testifying in the Philippines right now about her traumatic experience of being abducted and tortured for almost one week. I know you share this concern. On the U.N. International Day in Support of Torture Victims, you declared, “Torture is contrary to the founding documents of our country and the fundamental values of our people. The U.S. must stand against torture wherever it takes place.”
With your support, we can move another step closer to demanding justice for Melissa Roxas by way of a criminal investigation, arrest and prosecution of the parties responsible for her abduction and torture.
Unfortunately, Melissa is one of thousands of victims of human right violations in the Philippines. She is among the very few survivors of abduction, and I admire her courage to speak out so that we will know the truth and take a stand for justice.
With your support, we can move another step closer to ensuring that no more U.S. tax-payers’ dollars are being used to enable state-sponsored human rights violations in the Philippines.
During your Inaugural Speech, you said, “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history.”
Please take a stand for justice and do not hesitate to defend and demand justice for our sister, Melissa, when you meet with President Arroyo.
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