Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed.
Eight long years and the family of Jonas Burgos continues to suffer from the agony of uncertainty about his safety and fate. Before he was forcibly disappeared on 28 April 2007, he was a member of the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Bulacan, who practiced and promoted sustainable organic farming in San Miguel, Bulacan and shared his knowledge on ecologically-friendly and economically-viable sustainable agriculture techniques to marginalized, smallholder farmers and peasants.
Based on the decision on the writ of habeas corpus and the writ of amparo filed by Jonas’ family, the Court of Appeals in 2013 found, after intermittent hearings, and ruled that the military and the police are accountable for Jonas Burgos’ abduction but the perpetrators are consistently denying their responsibility of the crime.
Jonas Burgos’s whereabouts have not been known since he was abducted on 28 April 2007 while having lunch alone in a restaurant at a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, forcibly dragged away by a group of men and a woman.
Not knowing the whereabouts and fate of Jonas Burgos, his family has for eight years been suffering mental anguish. His family’s relentless search for truth and justice has earned for them the ire of the alleged perpetrators and they themselves are subject to harassment.
The current situation of enforced disappearance in Bangladesh is very alarming. The case of enforced disappearance though started more than three and a half years ago, has drawn the attention and alarm of the global community. Visibly, democracy in Bangladesh is at its most vulnerable situation. The government and its security forces have been resorting to nefarious tactics of secret abduction, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, extrajudicial killing, and enforced disappearance.
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances is deeply concerned about the systematic pattern of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh which has become gravely alarming- a concerted scheme to eliminate people deemed undesirable especially political opponents. Politically motivated enforced disappearances are done in the context of the general atmosphere of impunity granted to law enforcement agencies and security forces in Bangladesh.
(Artists’ Gathering in Support for the Campaign to Surface the Lao RMAF Awardee Sombath Somphone, Jonas Burgos and All Other Desaparecidos)
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), in partnership with the Free Jonas Burgos Movement (FJBM) presents: “SURFACE!” A gathering of artists to support the continued search for the “Lao” Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Sombath Somphone, for Jonas Burgos, and other victims of enforced disappearance, the event aims to bring to the general public's awareness, particularly, the artists and art lovers, the enforced disappearance of Sombath. With the upcoming commemoration of Jonas Burgos’ disappearance on April 28, the gathering intends to continuously remind the public of their disappearance as well as other cases not only in the country but in all Asia. It also aims to strengthen international solidarity against enforced disappearance particularly in the Asian region.
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), a regional federation of human rights organizations working directly on the issue of enforced disappearances, expresses deep concern over the safety of 17 Muslim student activists who were arbitrarily arrested and detained without charges after a warrantless search of their dormitories at Muang District, Narathiwat, on 2nd April 2015.
Arbitrarily detained without charges are the following students: