Rights, peace groups protest rampant killings and remind people of the Martial rule declared 44 years ago; Farmers call to realize SDG
Networks of civil society groups for human rights and peace, faith-based institutions, and environmental organizations collectively celebrated United Nation’s International Day of Peace and commemorated the 44th year of declaration of Martial Law on September 21.
Anchoring the event, iDefend (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement) a network of human rights advocates formed amid the rampant killings of suspected drug criminals in the anti-drug campaign under President Rodrigo Duterte, called on the government to uphold human rights for all and respect for the dignity of life.
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ALL HUMAN RIGHTS. Representatives of peace and rights groups take to Plaza Miranda their calls and proposed alternative solutions to drug criminality and compare the crackdown on criminals resulting to rampant killings to the rights abuses during the Martial Law. The groups also observe the International Day of Peace, which is also the day of commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines in 1972. | Photo: Jerico M. Catalla
Groups converged at Kambal na Simbahan in Bustillos, and proceeded to march towards Plaza Miranda by 2:30 in the afternoon, followed by a mass concelebrated by five priests and lead by Father Nonong Navarro. A program interspersed with speeches and cultural presentations then followed.
“This day is especially significant for our country since for the last three months, the country has been wracked by government-sponsored violence and lawlessness, by a war the administration has declared, ostensibly against drugs but which has become a war against humanity,” said Ellecer Carlos reading the iDefend statement to the crowd.
Other speakers from several organizations reiterated the demand that Duterte administration put an end to extra-judicial killings: that it should respect human rights and due process, refrain from subverting the separation of powers, and uphold democratic processes instead of curtailing them.