International Day to End Impunity

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The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and its member in the Philippines  are calling on all community radio broadcasters to participate in the Global Day of Action on November 23 to mark the International Day to End Impunity and fourth anniversary of the world’s biggest atrocity perpetrated against journalists.

This Global Day of Action follows a Resolution of AMARC 10 that was unanimously approved in La Plata, Argentina on 13 November. The Global Day of Action is being commemorated in coordination with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

Resolution:

A Resolution Condemning The Ampatuan Massacre And The Culture Of Impunity In The Philippines Proposed by Raymund B Villanueva, Kodao Productions, Philippines

 WHEREAS, there have been more than 1,100 victims of extrajudicial killings, 300 victims of enforced disappearances, tens of thousands of victims of internal displacement, among other human rights violations in the Philippines since 2001 under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime;

WHEREAS, extra-judicial killings and other forms of human rights violations continue unabated under the new Philippine government of Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III;

WHEREAS, more than a hundred Filipino journalists, many of them broadcasters, have been killed, harassed, and intimidated since 2001;

WHEREAS, the Philippines is now acknowledged as “the most dangerous country for media workers”, particularly after the massacre of 58 persons, including at least 32 journalists, last November 23, 2009—the world’s single biggest atrocity against journalists;

WHEREAS, it is widely believed that the Philippine government is accountable for the culture of impunity due to its implementation of counter-insurgency programs that target civilians, particularly activists and community development workers;

WHEREAS, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters promotes the use of community radio as a tool for development, peace, justice and solidarity, in accordance with Chapter II, Item 2.1.2 of its Statutes.

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that:

AMARC condemns in the strongest terms possible the culture of impunity in the Philippines, particularly the unabated killing of journalists, including community media practitioners and advocates;

AMARC shall likewise call on the Philippine government to end the culture of impunity and work for justice for all victims of human rights violations in the country;

AMARC shall call on the new Philippine government to ensure the swift and fair trial of the criminal cases related to the Ampatuan Massacre and protection of witnesses from further intimidation and violence.; and

AMARC and its general membership shall actively participate in the Global Day of Action on the Ampatuan Massacre on November 23, 2010, in solidarity with its Filipino members, media organizations in the Philippines and abroad to mark the first anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre through news stories, editorials, reports and messages of solidarity from its member community radio stations, practitioners and advocates worldwide.

(Passed unanimously as the second resolution of AMARC 10 General Assembly, La Plata, Argentina, 13 November 2010.)

Background:

On November 23, 2009, 33 journalists and media workers were brutally murdered in a massacre of 58 people in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao in the southern Philippines.

AMARC is joining IFEX, the IFJ and many other international organisations that are coordinating global activities, including online Facebook and Twitter (hashtag: #EndImpunity) protests, while the NUJP and its local partners in the Philippines will run an intense program of events throughout the Philippines in the lead up to and on November 23. AMARC will coordinated efforts with AMARC and NUJP-member Kodao Productions.

IFJ Asia-Pacific will join the NUJP in the Philippines for an international mission in the week of November 23 to provide solidarity to the families and colleagues of those murdered, to support the NUJP in its tireless campaigning for justice, and to conduct advocacy with the Government of Benigno Aquino III to demand justice and an end to the culture of impunity that has gripped the Philippines for far too long.

Join the campaign and remind our colleagues there that we remain firmly committed to supporting them as they continue their struggle for justice and protection.

What you can do:

Participate in online protest actions which will be organised through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  

Prepare a condolence register or book which can be signed by members of your organisation and all concerned individuals and organizations. Share the signatures with AMARC, IFJ, the NUJP and Kodao Productions.

Write letters of support and solidarity to Kodao Productions and the NUJP. Send them to kodaophils@gmaill.com and the IFJ at ifj@ifj.org or to IFJ Asia-Pacific at ifj@ifj-asia.org to be delivered to the NUJP.

Encourage your colleagues working in the media to prepare and run news and feature reports on the Maguindanao atrocity and the continuing efforts to secure justice – do not let this issue fade.

Let everyone know about the Global Day of Action on November 23, and continue to express your outrage at the Maguindano atrocity.

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