Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2009

Präsident Obama trifft Präsidentin Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Obama muss beim Treffen Druck auf Präsidentin Macapagal-Arroyo Druck wegen der Morde der Todesschwadronen von Davao ausüben. Die Täter und Verantwortlichen müssen ermittelt und verurteilt werden. Obama solle die Präsidentin auch fragen, ob sie sich noch von Bürgermeister Rodrigo Duterte von Davao City beraten lasse, der ja verdächtigt werde, hinter den Todesschwadronen Davao Death Squads zu stehen. Diese Forderungen von Human Rights Watch auf der Internetseite der Washington Times vom 30.Juli zitiert der Philippine Daily Inquirer am 30. Juli 2009.

Dienstag, 28. Juli 2009

SONA 2009

Präsidentin Gloria Macapagal Arroyo richtete am 27. Juli 2009 die jährliche Rede an die Nation, die SONA - State of Nation Address. Wenn sie diesen link anklicken, können Sie die Rede auch als Video verfolgen.

Donnerstag, 23. Juli 2009

Menschenrechtsbilanz der Regierung von Präsidentin Arroyo

Der Philippine Daily Inquirer publizierte am 23. Juli 2009 unter dem Titel "9 YEARS OF ARROYO: A REVIEW : Human rights violations rise, Culture of impunity prevailing" eine Menschenrechtsbilanz der Regierung von Präsidentin Arroyo von Leila de Lima, Vorsitzende der philippinischen Menschenrechtskommission CHR. Fazit: Menschenrechtsverletzungen nehmen zu!

Mittwoch, 22. Juli 2009

Präsidentin Arroyo denkt über Wiedereinführung der Todesstrafe nach

Nach einem Bericht des Philippine Daily Inquirer vom 21. Juli 2009 denkt Präsidentin Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo über die Wiedereinführung der Todesstrafe - zumindest für Drogendelikte - nach, nachdem Angehörige eines Drogensyndikats die Tochter eines Regierungsangestellten entführt und vergewaltigt haben.

Mittwoch, 8. Juli 2009

Exmitglied der Davao Todesschwadronen packt aus

Philippine Daily Inquirer vom 8. Juli 2009 berichtet, ein ehemaliges Mitglied der Davao Death Squads (DDS) habe gegenüber Father Amado Picardal, Vorsitzender der Antivigilantismusorganisation Coalition Against Summary Execution (CASE), detaillierte Informationen über die summarischen Hinrichtungen der Todesschwadronen gegeben. In Davao City sollen die DDS verantwortlich für die summarische Hinrichtung von mehr als 800 Opfern sein.

Dienstag, 7. Juli 2009

Stellungnahme von Amnesty International zur Serie von Bombenattentaten in Mindanao

For Immediate release
July 7th 2009
Philippines: Multiple bombings in Mindanao are unlawful attacks on Civilians
Amnesty International condemns five bombing incidents in several areas in Mindanao that have killed at least 12 people and injured approximately 90, the overwhelming majority of them civilians. The attackers chose to target civilians going about their daily business in town centres and busy public places. This shows contempt for the most fundamental principles of humanity.
Such deliberate attacks against civilians can never be justified under any circumstances. Individuals’ right to life must be protected at all times, and the civilian population must never be treated as expendable tools for achieving political or ideological ends. Amnesty International has repeatedly and consistently condemned attacks against civilians and indiscriminate attacks, regardless of whether they were carried out by armed groups or by government troops, in the region and elsewhere.
The attacks took place in Datu Piang, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Iligan City and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, and Jolo, Sulu—towns and cities that have all experienced previous attacks and bombings in the context of the ongoing armed conflict between Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as well as other armed groups like the Abu Sayyaf.
No armed group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Officers from the Philippine military have accused the MILF of carrying out the Cotabato and Maguindanao attacks. In turn, the MILF leadership has repeatedly denied responsibility and has attributed the attacks to the military, saying that there is a “bigger agenda” behind the bombings.
For the Sulu bombing, the Philippine military points at armed group Abu Sayyaf. While there is no apparent link between the bomb attacks in mainland Mindanao and the explosion in Sulu, the military is looking at regional armed group Jemaah Islamiyah as a common link, drawing from previous intelligence that its members have conducted bomb-making trainings for insurgent armed groups in Mindanao.
Amnesty International calls for an immediate end to all bombings and other attacks which target civilians as well as all indiscriminate attacks. The organisation reminds all sides to the armed conflict that they are obliged to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law, and in particular Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, which prohibits any attacks on persons “taking no active part in the hostilities.”
The Philippine government must initiate prompt, independent investigations into the attacks and to bring those responsible to justice in proceedings that meet international standards of fairness. It must not react to the bombings with any measures which themselves violate human rights.

Additional information

On 4 July at approximately 6:45 pm, an improvised explosive device detonated about 100 meters away from the mayor’s residence in Datu Piang, Maguindanao province in Central Mindanao, injuring three people.

On 5 July at around 8:40 am, a bomb exploded in a city street in front of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City, Central Mindanao. Six people were killed, including an 11-year old boy and a 15-month old baby. At least 34 were injured, including two of the baby’s siblings aged 11 years and 9 years.

On 6 July at 11pm, two of several explosives strapped to a tower of an electric power company in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte province in North-central Mindanao went off. There were no reported casualties.
On 7 July at 7:45 am, an explosive placed inside a motorcycle parked near the Mount Carmel Church in Jolo, Sulu detonated killing six people and injuring some 40 others. Two other similar explosives, hidden in boxes, were neutralised in the surrounding area.
On the same day, at 10:30 am in Iligan City, a bomb planted inside a car parked near the city pier exploded, wounding 16 people including three soldiers. An army jeep was parked beside the vehicle where the bomb exploded.


Public Document
For more information please call Amnesty International's press office in London, UK, on +44 20 7413 5566 or email:
International Secretariat, Amnesty International, 1 Easton St., London WC1X 0DW, UK

Donnerstag, 2. Juli 2009

Politische Morde in Davao City

Treibhaus der Gewalt
800 Opfer von Todesschwadronen im südphilippinischen Davao: Die Stadtoberen geben sich ahnungslos und beschwören »law and order«
Artikel vom 27.6.09 in Junge Welt von Rainer Werning