Taking Action: Dec 10 Human Rights Day Rally

  • Page Views 1949
  • 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

    • Nathan Longchallon
      18 September 2020
      18 hours ago No comment

      Missing Man in Burnaby: Nathan Longchallon, 26

      The Burnaby RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 26-year-old Nathan Longchallon. Nathan was last seen walking north bound on Patterson Avenue near Victory Street in Burnaby at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Nathan is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slender build, ...

    • 17 September 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      B.C. election looms, while chance of federal election lessens

      B.C.’s next provincial election is scheduled to happen on October 16, 2021. But it could take place earlier if the B.C. NDP government of Premier John Horgan decides to call an election earlier. Or if the Horgan government loses the confidence of the legislative assembly. By many indications, Horgan ...

    • 17 September 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      Dr. Theresa Tam’s update on COVID-19 

      Ottawa, ON – Public Health Agency of Canada In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement: “There have been 138,803 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,188 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across ...

    • 17 September 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      Prime Minister announces next steps for Safe Restart Agreement

      As we move into the fall and the world continues to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Canada remains focused on keeping Canadians safe and healthy, while continuing to ensure they have the supports needed during this global health and economic crisis. The Prime Minister, Justin ...

    • 17 September 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      Amal Clooney urges PH to protect press freedom, honor international commitments

      International human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney on Tuesday urged the Philippine government to protect the free press and honor its international commitments on human rights. Speaking before Philippine business leaders in an online forum, Clooney said, “if you want to have a functioning democracy, protect the press. To protect ...

    %d bloggers like this: