Honor and dignity
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
As we are celebrating the anniversary of our first EDSA Revolution on February 25, the House of Representatives and the Senate ratified a landmark legislation requiring the government to prepare a curriculum detailing the human rights abuses during martial law.
The bill also states that the heroism and sacrifices of thousands of Filipinos tortured and killed for opposing the martial law regime should be incorporated in the curriculum that will be included in that of all Philippine schools, from the primary to secondary and tertiary, or collegiate levels.
Under the bill, the more than 10,000 victims of summary execution, torture, enforced or involuntary disappearance, and other gross human rights violations will be compensated from the $250 million Marcos ill -gotten wealth turned over by the Swiss federal court as a means for the restoration of the victims’ honor and dignity.
In Latin America, a term for victims of political persecution is “Los Desaparecidos” or the Disappeared Ones. It refers to people who simply disappeared, having been kidnapped, most often by government forces.
We know that there are many non-profit organizations focusing on human rights whose missions envision a society where each individual is able to fully realize his or her potential as a human person, and could mobilize sectors and groups for timely and effective intervention.
We hope that our countrymen will be able to promote and defend human rights through education and training on research and help ensure compliance with human rights obligations through active monitoring and engagement.*