Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Speak On It...

Political prisoners. No answers, no mercy. An American prison would have been heaven.

Melissa Roxas speaks at Press Conference from Anakbayan Seattle on Vimeo.

"Melissa Roxas, a United States citizen of Filipino descent, narrates the story of her abduction and torture by alleged members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on May 19-25, 2009. At the Los Angeles press conference (Saturday, June 27, 2009), Ms. Roxas describes the human rights abuses she endured while being held for six days in an alleged military camp. The press conference, which was held at the Echo Park United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California was streamed live over the internet where Ms. Roxas detailed her experience at her first public appearance.

Ms. Roxas, an American human rights advocate, is the first known American citizen to have become a victim of abduction and torture in the Philippines, a country which has drawn international condemnation for state-sponsored human rights atrocities. She is a member of BAYAN USA and HABI ARTS, a cultural group also based in the United States.

For more information please visit bayanusa.org or bayan.ph"

After watching the video, I'm disgusted at the whole cover up that the PI government employs, but at the same time, I'm sadly not surprised. North Korea is ridiculously worse... but the fact that this happens to our own people, by our own people, is just horrendous. But please, people, let's keep this completely on track and work towards the mission of her goal: to bring them to JUSTICE. Let us NOT use this event as a lever for other political agendas...

Stay up,

~cyph
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