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UN-accredited Intl Lawyers Call for Peace Talks Resumption, End to Impunity

 

Resolution Calling on the Philippine Government to Hold Rights Violators Accountable
and to Continue Peace Negotiations


We, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) herein representedby its governing Bureau in session and joined by fellow members firmly reiterate our call to the present Philippine government to hold past and present perpetrators of human rights violators accountable.

We particularly challenge it to do everything to immediately arrest and prosecute Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. who is representative of the most horrendous abuses of human rights. The continued failure to hold him demonstrates the continuing impunity for extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture and other violations.

We view these violations, including the continued detention of hundreds of political prisoners and the orchestrated filing of trumped-up charges against mass leaders and activists, also impact on the peace negotiations.

We call on the parties to resume the negotiations based on their previous agreements to earnestly, patiently and sincerely address and comprehensively resolve the underlying social, economic and political reasons for the armed conflict and resistance.

We moreover denounce the continuing open violation by the United States of the national sovereignty of the Filipino people through its intervention in various forms including unhampered military presence and effective basing and in exploiting the internal and regional conflicts to advance its imperialist interests.

We vow to ensure that the above issues conform to international standards of human rights and international humanitarian law in our common pursuit for justice, peace, democracy and the right to self-determination.

In this regard we call on our affiliates all over the world and our colleagues in the legal profession to undertake international legal actions and campaigns complementary to those being waged in the country.

May 27, 2013, Paris, France.

(Those who attended the Paris meeting include Jeanne Mirer (US), President, Mohammed Bentoumi (Alegria), Max Botswana (South Africa), Bill Bowring (UK), Evelyn Duremyer (Austria), Jan Fermon (Belgium), Augustin Kemadjou (Cameroon), Richard Harvey (UK), Vijender Jain (India), Mario Joseph (Haiti), Kerry McClaine (US), Fabio Marcelli (Italy), Sabah Al-Mukhtar (Iraq), Hassan Jouni (Lebanon), Walid Okais (France), Edre Olalia (Philippines), Carlos Orueja (UK), Micol Savia (Italy), Mohammed Tay (Lebanon), Le Min Than (Vietnam), Roland Weyl (France), Roberto Zamora (Costa Rica), and Omar Zen (Lebanon).)
(The IADL is a worldwide organization of democratic lawyers founded in 1946 . It has consultative status with the ECOSOC and UNESCO of the United Nations.)

 

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- Atty. Romeo T. Capulong, NUPL founding chairperson, in his
keynote address at the Fifth Conference of Lawyers in Asia
Pacific ( COLAP V), September 18, 2010

 

 

 

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