[News] Philippines - Women's Group Denounces Blacklist, Deportation
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Thu Dec 7 19:24:53 EST 2006
8 December 2006
EMMI DE JESUS, GABRIELA Secretary General, 09279320122, 3712302
On granting custody of US marines and deportation of ASEAN foreign delegate
Arroyo gov't: protector of rapist, enemy of human rights defenders
The militant women's group GABRIELA describes as "outrageous" the
deportation of a foreign labor leader who arrived in the country to
attend an alternative conference to the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Cebu .
Atty. Brian Campbell from the US-based International Labor Rights
Fund arrived in Manila en route to Cebu on December 6 to attend the
International Conference on the Neo-Liberal Labor Marketing
Restructuring, Labor Rights and Workers' Resistance but was
immediately deported back to US the evening of the same day.
This incident happened in the light of Malacanang's declaration that
foreigners who will be joining the protests against ASEAN will be
barred from entering the country.
"This action by the Arroyo government only reflects the subservience
of the Philippine government to US wishes including the prevention of
foreign delegates in international events that expose its
self-serving agenda in the ASEAN Summit," said Emmi de Jesus,
secretary general of GABRIELA.
"This government's puppetry is incomprehensible that it has acted so
fast in granting US's wishes such as stopping these freedom-loving
and justice-seeking respected foreigners and agreed to the US
government's custody over the US Marine convicts of the Subic rape
case. While is poses itself as a democratic country, the Arroyo
government makes a mockery of the very foundations of human rights by
disrespecting the rights of the people to freedom of speech and
expression and commits grave violations of its own constitution by
allowing a rapist US soldier to go scot-free despite a guilty verdict
by the court."
GABRIELA also decries the inclusion of several prominent women
foreigners in the list of those barred from entering the country.
Among those in the list are Attys. Rachel Lederman and Tina
Monshipour Foster, two of the US women lawyers who visited the
country in May-June for a mission to look into the human rights
situation in the country and recently released a recommendation to
the US Congress to investigate the use of U.S. funding for Philippine
military operations against the legal Left that are being conducted
under the guise of the War on Terror. Their visit in the country was
assisted by GABRIELA and the Gabriela Women's Party.
De Jesus concluded, "The "list" indeed confirms that this government
has a lot to hide from the international diplomats, human rights
workers and business groups. And it has gone to the frantic point
that it now declares these foreigners as communists and terrorists or
threats to security so as to stop them from forming solidarities with
the Filipinos." ###
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