18 November 2016
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) strongly condemns the recent actions of the Philippine government in relation to the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
We condemn the decision of the Supreme Court, through the nine concurring justices, to allow the burial of Marcos. This burial is in direct contradiction to the demand of the victims of martial law to bury Marcos in Batac, one of the conditions that the Marcos family agreed to in exchange for their return to the country. We assert that justice must be, first and foremost, defined by the victims themselves. By disregarding the demand of the victims, the Supreme Court has become complicit to yet another act of injustice.
Today the case of Khurram Parvez, AFAD Chairperson, will be reviewed again in front of the High Court of J&K.
On this occasion, the human rights defenders participating in the 7th Asian Human Rights Forum in Sri Lanka, call for Parvez’s immediate release, and for the charges against him to be dismissed.
Joint Submission to the Third Cycle
of the Universal Periodic Review
Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances
Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances