Taking Action: Dec 10 Human Rights Day Rally

  • Page Views 2209
  • As individuals, we enjoy basic human rights, like the right to housing, to be educated, to speak freely, to move around, to vote, to have security, to have the protection of the law, and so many others, without distinction of any kind such as race, sex, political or other opinion, religion, etc. There are no exceptions to the provision of human rights. The basic framework of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes sure of this for all peoples and all nations. This is mirrored and reaffirmed in our own Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. To make exceptions is to have chaos, fear, iron-fisted law – all the things that diminish or take away the right of all of us to life, liberty and security of person.

    Not even the highest politician or tyrant is exempted from these laws. While tyrants will proclaim in loud voices that critics need to be silenced, that suspected drug users need to be killed, that lawyers working for the poorest in Philippine society will be red-tagged and assassinated, that sugar workers with children can be massacred for planting vegetables during the tiempo del muerto, that suspected drug users are judged guilty and killed in extrajudicial fashion without the benefit of the legal system, and so many other evil things — they the tyrants are not above the law.

    Tyrants peddle the excuses that human rights violations are necessary so that “peace and order” can reign, so that drugs can disappear from our streets and communities. The “peace” that is peddled is the peace of the grave and the “order” that is peddled is the climate of fear that terrorizes communities.

    The Philippines under Duterte is the perfect example of how a tyrant can violate human rights and make the law stand on its head, and create the blanket of impunity. And so, on when December 10 rolls around, there is no cause to celebrate Human Rights Day, what with the bloody human rights record of Duterte.

    However, we will mark the Day to highlight that people have the right to resist, the right to be critical, the right to fight for justice and the right to defend the people. In the Philippines, there are people raging against the dying of the light – including lawyers, workers in the cities and the farms, human rights defenders, students, urban poor organizers, women activists, indigenous communities, and yes, even church people — at so much great risk to their lives. To mark International Human Rights Day is to fight fascism, resist and condemn human rights violations in all its forms and hold all of those accountable to justice.

    On December 10, Monday, at 6 pm, join the Human Rights Day Rally: Stop Criminalizing Resistance at the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station. The rally is organized by progressive groups and individuals in Vancouver including the Alliance for People’s Health, the International League of Peoples Struggles, Kagawasan Liberation, Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, Migrante BC.

    It is time to take action for human rights, not only in the Philippines but across Turtle Island and in other countries. Let us join our voices in declaring: Stop Criminalizing People Who Struggle for their Rights to Land, Income, Shelter, Dignity, and a Just Peace!

    We’ll see you there!

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 13 May 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Duterte vs Pacquiao: No fight, say political insiders

      It started on May 3 when Senator Manny Pacquiao, a known ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said that he finds Duterte’s recent stance lacking on reported Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea. “Sa akin, nakukulangan ako, nakukulangan ako kumpara doon sa bago pa siya tumakbo, nage-eleksyon pa lang. ...

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Your census.Your community.Your future.

      Census information is used to plan programs and services in your community. Complete your census now!   Related

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Applications open tomorrow for new pathway to permanent residency for essential temporary workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution

      Ottawa—Last month, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. This special public policy will grant permanent status to ...

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Canada first country to approve Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-old kids

      Canada has become the first country to approve the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Until Health Canada’s announcement of its approval Wednesday (May 5), the Pfizer vaccine was approved only for people 16 years and older. Health Canada has ...

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      ABS-CBN marks 1 year shutdown – ‘Andito kami para sa’yo’

      Several Kapamilya stars took to social media to recount the harrowing experience of witnessing ABS-CBN going off air after the government issued a cease and desist order against the network exactly a year ago. On May 5, 2020, ABS-CBN signed off from free television and radio broadcast, a day ...

    %d bloggers like this: