Freeze all Forms of Aid to the Philippine Government Until Perpetrators of the Maguindanao Massacre are Brought to Justice sign now

Freeze all Forms of Aid to the Philippine Government Until Perpetrators of the Maguindanao Massacre are Brought to Justice

Bring justice to the victims of the Maguindanao massacre of November 2009!!

According to a U.S. Department of State report released in March 2006, Philippine security forces have been responsible for serious human rights abuses despite the efforts of civilian authorities to control them. The report found that although the government generally respected human rights, some security forces elementsparticularly the Philippine National Policepracticed extrajudicial killings, vigilantism, disappearances, torture, and arbitrary arrest and detention in their battle against criminals and terrorists. Prison conditions were harsh, and the slow judicial process as well as corrupt police, judges, and prosecutors impaired due process and the rule of law. Besides criminals and terrorists, human rights activists, left-wing political activists, and Muslims were sometimes the victims of improper police conduct. Violence against women and abuse of children remained serious problems, and some children were pressed into slave labor and prostitution.
-- Library of Congress Federal Research Division Country Profile: Philippines, March 2006


We urge the Congress of the United States to stop all forms of aid to the government of the Republic of the Philippines. This government pays lip service to respecting human rights, but its institutions have been part of the web of human rights violations against the Filipino people.

The latest political violence that killed more than 50 innocent civilians including lawyers, journalists and bystanders - in the province of Maguindanao allegedly by the politicians of the province, is evidence of the Philippine Governments complicity to the culture of killing that have plagued the country for decades. The recent massacre, which was condemned by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States government, was committed with such impunity, it is clear the perpetrators believe that they are above the law.

Let us not allow American taxes to be used by the Philippine government while its complicity to this gross violation of life and dignity is suspect. By all indication, Philippine government institutions either commit these violations or are instrumental in their perpetration. No American dollar should be used to harm the Filipino people.

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Nellie NewmanBy:
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