By : Christopher Balneg, 21 yrs.
La Union Provincial Jail, September 20, 2007
Mataas na bakod, kalawanging rehas [High fences, rusted bars]
Pader na makapal, wari’y di matinag [thick walls seemed impenetrable]
Tanod de armas, sa lahat nakamatyag [armed guards watching…Continue
Manila, Philippines-Last Sept 21 as the world celebrated the International Day of Peace, human rights advocates here remembered the declaration of martial law 36 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), one of the oldest human rights groups in the country commemmorated the lives of martyrs and heroes of that period by inaugurating a Martial Law Memorial Wall. It was a solemn and quiet…Continue
We will be celebrating International Justice Day on 17July this year, which is also the fifth year anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent and independent International Criminal Court. These twin anniversaries highlight the need for more Asian countries to join the World Court to encourage a sense of international legal accountability for serious crimes which continue to be perpetrated in the Asian region, as well as enable efforts toward higher judicial standards for…Continue