The Women Workers in Struggle for Employment, Empowerment and Emancipation (Women Wise3), a campaign network of families of victims of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations, has called on the President Aquino to fulfill his promise to bring closure to human rights killings.
On October 15, the group held a jog for justice activity at the Quezon City Memorial Circle to register the continuing campaign against extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance and other human rights violations especially against workers.
Luzviminda Fortuna, spokesperson of Women Wise3 and widow of slain Nestlé union president Diosdado Fortuna said, “We are reminding President Aquino of his promise to bring closure to human rights killings. It has been more than a year since he swore in as president and yet justice remains elusive to us. Worse, extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations continued under his administration.”
There are around 44 victims of extrajudicial killings since Aquino took office in June 2010. Five of the victims are from the workers’ rank. Labor NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights also recorded an increased number of economic, social, and cultural rights violations under the Aquino administration.
Fortuna also pointed out that impunity which accompanies the unabated killings and human rights violations is a serious problem which the Aquino government should also resolve aside from the corruption and electoral fraud issues of the past government.
“Extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and the entire human rights agenda merits equal if not more attention from the government. Although we definitely welcome the move of the Aquino administration to prosecute the Arroyos for plundering the economy and bastardizing the electoral process, President Aquino should also make the previous regime accountable for its grave human rights record.”
“We thus challenge President Aquino to take concrete steps to immediately stop human rights violations and bring the perpetrators to justice. A straight path does not only mean a corruption-free bureaucracy and clean elections, human dignity, social justice, and human rights should be upheld to make this straight path substantial and meaningful to the people,” Fortuna added.###