Filipinas Denounce Melissa Roxas Resolution by Commission on Human Rights

Click here to sign the Open Community Letter for Melissa Roxas.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2011

Filipinas Denounce Melissa Roxas Resolution by Commission on Human Rights

Reference:  Irma Bajar, Chairperson,  Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment ; fire.nyc@gmail.com

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment denounces the resolution set forth by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) granting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) impunity in Melissa Roxas’ abduction and torture.  This disappointing verdict neither acknowledges the suffering and trauma Roxas has experienced as a survivor, nor does it bring justice to the thousands of others who have fallen victim to human rights violations in the Philippines.  This glaring injustice should compel the Filipino people to become more critical of the CHR, and its sole duty to protect human rights.

This CHR resolution enables the Philippine government and Philippine military forces to continue to commit egregious human rights violations, at the cost of innocent lives in the Philippines.  Despite half a million Filipinos who are known to be victims of torture, intimidation and harassment tactics, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, the Philippine government has yet to admit its role as the main perpetrator of violence in the lives of the Filipino people. Under the guise of counter-insurgency programs like Oplan Bantay Laya and continued through Oplan Bayanihan, the life of every Filipino civilian is threatened daily.

As Filipina women living in the United States, we must applaud Roxas’ bravery in coming forward, at great risk to her life, and sharing her story as a survivor of torture.  Since her abduction on May 19th, 2009, Roxas has committed herself as a community organizer, sharing her story as a torture survivor across the United States, and raising awareness on the rampant human rights violations in the Philippines.  This CHR resolution is not only an insult to Melissa’s traumatic experiences, but to all women survivors who have been silenced, and all people robbed of their human rights.  Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment stands by Melissa Roxas until justice is served by holding her AFP captors accountable for her disappearance and torture.

JUSTICE FOR MELISSA!

JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!

STOP THE KILLINGS!

SURFACE ALL DESAPARECIDOS!

Click here to sign the Open Community Letter.

Read Melissa’s Personal Statement here.

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