Ampatuan, Copenhagen, India... human rights in 2009

CAP-CPC invites you to Filipino-style coffee house / Kapihan

When: Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Café Hubert-Aquin
UQAM - Pavillon Hubert-Aquin
400, Sainte-Catherine East, Montréal
local A-2030 - 2nd floor (Metro Berri-UQAM)

Please join us for a "Kapihan" at Café Hubert-Aquin in Montréal on Thursday, December 17, 2009, from 6 pm - 8:30 pm. It's an evening of coffee, art and politics - Filipino-style with sharing about the human rights situation in the Philippines and elsewhere. We have a thought-provoking lineup of subjects and speakers.

1. Impact of recent Ampatuan massacre on regime of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with Malcolm Guy
2. Discussion on eco-socialism in the wake of Copenhagen with Roger Rashi of Masse Critique
3. Rana Bose - India : Tribal Insurgency and anti-Globalization Struggles

At the same time, you can catch Stefan Christoff's photo exhibit, based on his trip to the Philippines for the International Observers Mission in 2007, which is featured until the end of the year at the very friendly Café Hubert-Aquin.

Malcolm Guy
info: 514 574-9906 (cell)

Ampatuan, Copenhague, l'Inde... et les droits humains

CAP-CPC vous invite au Kapihan, une soirée café-échanges

Quand: jeudi le 17 décembre 18h à 20h
Où: Café Hubert-Aquin
UQAM - Pavillon Hubert-Aquin
400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal
local A-2030 - 2e étage (Métro Berri-UQAM)

Vous êtes invité à une soirée "Kapihan" au Café Hubert-Aquin à Montréal le jeudi 17 décembre de 18h00 à 20h30. C'est une soirée de café, art et politique incluant des échanges sur la situation des droits de la personne aux Philippines et ailleurs dans le monde.
1. La situation aux Philippines suite au massacre d'Ampatuan with Malcolm Guy
2. discussion sur l'éco-socialisme et les résultats de Copenhague avec Roger Rashi de Masse Critique
3. Rana Bose - Inde: la lutte des indigènes et l'anti-mondialisation

En même temps, vous aurez l'occasion de visiter l'exposition de photos de Stefan Christoff, prises lors de son voyage aux Philippines en 2007 pour participer à la Mission internationale d'observation.

Malcolm Guy
info: 514 574-9906 (cell)


Coalition of media groups calls for independent probe into massacre of journalists in Ampatuan

(CMFR/SEAPA/IFEX) - 9 December 2009 - The November 23 Movement, a coalition of media groups, including SEAPA, has issued a statement "calling for justice for fellow journalists and other innocent civilians who were abducted, slaughtered and hastily buried in mass graves in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009."

A Joint Media Statement

The brutal, indiscriminate mass murder on Monday (November 23, 2009) in Ampatuan town, in Maguindanao province, raises the ultimate challenge of conscience. It carries the culture of impunity at work in this country to such levels of horror that, if it remains unpunished for long, can send the nation into an inexorable descent into absolute dehumanization.

The crime thus calls for swift justice, which can only be achieved through a credible and independent process, which in turn can only be achieved without the hand of this government - a government justly mistrusted generally and openly friendly precisely to the very members of the clan accused in the massacre.

We, ourselves colleagues of the more than a score journalists who were killed, demand the following:

One, the creation of a commission outside the government to investigate the crime;

Two, the arrest and prosecution of all the people involved in it in any way, as murderers themselves or their protectors;

Three, the formation of a special court to try the case;

Four, fully guaranteed protection for the witnesses;

Five, the disarming and dismantling of all private armies, such as those evidently employed in the massacre.

Six, the enlistment of persons of unquestioned probity in the whole process;

And finally, the resignation of the government if it fails to deliver such basic satisfaction - indeed, the very same government that has encouraged, by partisanship and conspiracy, the culture of impunity of which the massacre has been the most abominable manifestation.

* The November 23 Movement is a loose coalition of media organizations calling for justice for fellow journalists and other innocent civilians who were abducted, slaughtered and hastily buried in mass graves in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009. It has been calling for an independent investigation of the crime that killed 30 journalists in a single attack, suddenly catapulting the Philippines to the position of the world's deadliest place for journalists.


For more information:
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
2/F Ateneo Professional Schools - Salcedo
130 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village
Makati City 1227
staff (@) cmfr-phil.org
Phone: +632 8400903
Fax: +632 8400889

Southeast Asian Press Alliance
Unit 3B, Thakolsuk Place
No. 115 Tetdumri Road
Dusit, Bangkok 10300
seapa (@) seapa.org
Phone: +66 2 243 5579
Fax: +66 2 244 8749

Business World
Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD)
College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)
Davao Today Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ)
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)
Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI)
Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project (PHRRP)
Philippine Press Institute (PPI)
Pinoy Weekly People's Journal
555 Richmond St. West, # 1101, PO Box 407
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3B1
tel: +1 416 515 9622 fax: +1 416 515 7879
alerts e-mail: alerts(@)ifex.org general e-mail: ifex(@)ifex.org
Internet site: http://www.ifex.org/