March 25, 2013 - The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention on the following situation in The Philippines. (Click here to view the Urgent Appeal in pdf file)
The Observatory has been informed by the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) about the ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Temogen Sahipa “Cocoy” Tulawie, former Provincial Chairperson of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) in Mindanao, province of Sulu. His work involves the monitoring and documentation of human rights violation cases affecting Muslim communities in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, especially in the province of Sulu.
Members of Free Cocoy Tulawie movement in a
February 4: Hearing on Continuance of Detention of Mr. Tulawie in Davao
Human rights group (Philippine Alliance of Human Rights, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, Alliance of Progressive Labor, Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya, and Balay Rehabilitation Center) assembled outside the City Hall of Manila where the Regional Trial Court is housed to express support to Human Rights Defender Cocoy Tulawie for his petition for bail and motion to allow continuance of his detention in Davao City Jail.
Due to information regarding the threats against the security and life of the Mr. Tulawie, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) guarded the City Hall building, placing its personnel at every floor. Mr. Tulawie arrived in a BJMP vehicle, with security escorts and safety gears of bullet proof vest and helmet. Mr. Juhan Alihudin who is detained in Manila City Jail and Mr. Abner Salahi Tahil detained Special Intensive Custodial Area (SICA) in Camp Bagong Diwa, both co-accuses were also in attendance.
March 15, 2013 – Trial observers of Cocoy Tulawie case wrote Secretary Leila de Lima of the Department of Justice expressing concern over one of the prosecution witnesses during the bail hearing on March 4 and 6, 2013 at Branch 19, RTC Manila. The witness is named Sali Said who admitted during the hearing that he is a member of the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) and also admitted of participating in the kidnapping of Ces Drilon and Octavio Dinampo in 2008.
Please click the image at the left to view the letter in pdf format.
By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region (BicolToday.com/31-Jan-2013) – Human rights advocates in Germany have expressed concern over the safety of a detained Filipino activist and has sought the help of German parliamentarians and human rights allies in Europe to convince the Philippine government to provide protection for the detainee.
The Filipino detainee, who is languishing in jail for one year, has moved the German-based Action Network Human Rights –Philippines (AMP) in monitoring the detention of “human rights defender” Cocoy Tulawie by asking President Aquino and German Parliamentarians to spare no effort to protect the life and health of this human rights activist.
February 04, 2013 - Human rights groups (PAHRA, TFDP, APL) assembled themselves outside the City Hall of Manila to rally against the human rights violations currently committed against Cocoy Tulawie, who will have his day in court for his Bail hearing. They are calling to speed up his trial and release him from detention.
Due to the information of the security and threat to life of the accused, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology guarded the entire City Hall building, placing its soldiers at every floor. The first to arrive was co-accused Juhan Alihudin who was detained in Manila City Jail. On the other hand, Abner Salahi Tahil, another co-accused, arrived on a later time.
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