Status on Victims of Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

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Status on Victims of Human Rights Violations

It was from 1972 to 1981 when our country is under the fascist dictatorship of Marcos. During that year, violations of human right were uncontrolled in growth. More than 70,000 persons were victims of torture, arbitrary arrest, solitary detention, hamletting, food blockades, extrajudicial killings, massacres and forced disappearance of individuals. Most of them are innocent civilians, critics and opponents of the regime. These victims sought for justice and cried to fight for human rights. But almost three decades since the military dictatorship banished, human right violations continue with impunity. According to Article II Section 11, “the state values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights”. This means that we should respect every human person. They have the rights to enjoy and we should not take away from them. And any violations of human rights result to lower the value of their humanity or dignity. Respect for each other is the only key to live peacefully in today’s world. But the big question, what is the current human rights situation in the country and what is the status of victims of the past and present regime? Is there any progression?

In my readings, 3 cases of human right violations under the administration of Aquino really marked in my mind. These reports are released by KARAPATAN, an Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights. First, the case of Fernado Baldomero. He is an elected Municipal Councilor for the second term in Aklan. And within a week of Noynoy’s inaugural address he was shot and killed in front of his house with full view of his 12-year old son. He was the first reported victim of political killing in Noynoy’s regime. Second, the case of Rodolfo “Rudy” Sambajan. Ka Rudy is the former Chairperson of Pamalakaya, a national alliance of fisherfolk organizations. September 11, halfway through the meeting with leaders of a peasant organization...
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