Archive for April, 2003
Amnesty International expressed concern today at the disturbing article and images portrayed in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet which show American soldiers escorting naked Iraqi men through a park in Baghdad. The pictures reveal that someone has written the words ‘Ali Baba – Haram(i)’ (which means Ali Baba – thief) in Arabic on the prisoners’ chests.No comments
by FR. ANTONIO J. RANADA, S.V.D.
Dear Dr. Quisumbing:
We write to appeal to the Commission on Human Rights to investigate the illegal detention of children in conflict with the law in police jails nationwide and then to issue an official statement condemning this institutionalized form of human rights violation.
by PILGRIMS FOR PEACE
[Editors note: Pilgrims for Peace is a broad alliance of advocates of a lasting peace based on freedom, democracy and social justice. We are Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths. We come from our churches, academic institutions and organizations. We call for the formal resumption of the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as well as with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.]
NPA Vows Revolutionary Justice
Intense grief and anger. The two explosive emotions were already present during the press conference on April 23 when militant groups first announced the murder of their two leaders in Southern Tagalog. But when the remains were found and the brutality of their deaths was exposed, the grief turned into overwhelming grief, the anger into explosive anger. They enveloped the two-day wake at the UP chapel and last Saturday’s protest march. If the killings were meant to frighten militants, they ironically accomplished the opposite, as grieving friends and relatives called on the New People’s Army to bring perpetrators to justice.
By Ronalyn Olea
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ (NDFP) international representatives have been holding office in Utrecht, the Netherlands for several decades now. In fact, among Filipino tourists and several Philippine government functionaries, Utrecht has only two major attractions worth visiting – the Utrecht Dom (once the tallest architecture in flat Netherlands), and the NDFP international information office.
By D.L. Mondelo
Chief Political Correspondent in Europe
The “coalition forces” that attacked Iraq on March 20, led by the U.S., have from all indications achieved a military victory and seem to have attained the objective of toppling the government of Saddam Hussein. But the warm welcomes they seem to have received in Baghdad and Basra notwithstanding, the war is far from over. More and more Iraqis are showing that they do not want to have to choose between two masters, that they want to be their own masters.
By Alexander Martin Remollino
by REY CLARO CASAMBRE
Executive Director, PHILIPPINE PEACE CENTER (PPC)
[Note: This speech was delivered last April 24, 2003 during the round table discussion with the media on the prospects of GRP-NDFP peace negotiations at the Rembrandt Hotel, Quezon City, sponsored by the People’s Media Center, Pilgrims for Peace and PPC.]