Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stop torture and accord Tanay 3 with Prisoner of War status, CPP demands

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IHL - International Humanitarian Laws and Human Rights Violations

Stop torture and accord Tanay 3 with Prisoner of War status, CPP demands

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
November 02, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today demanded that the Philippine government accord Prisoner of War (POW) status to the three personnel of the New People's Army (NPA) who were captured by men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last October 26, 2011 at Brgy. Sta. Inez, Tanay, Rizal while conducting consultations with local residents.

The CPP called for the immediate and unconditional release of Marissa Espedido, Hermogenes Reyes Jr. and Jared Valero Morales, residents of Rizal and former students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The three were taken into custody by combined armed elements of the 16th IB Patrol Base under Sgt. Rudy Bautista, CAFGU and police personnel.

"In outright violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL) and international humanitarian law, the three were subjected to torture when they were detained overnight at a detachment of the 59th IB. The following day, they were hogtied and blindfolded and brought to the headquarters of the 16th IB in Pinugay, Baras, Rizal," said the CPP, citing reports by the NPA provincial command in Rizal.

"According to reports, they have been denied their right to counsel, prevented from having visitors and were not afforded the opportunity to inform their families of their conditions," added the CPP.

Trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives have been filed against the three in an effort to criminalize their status, subject them to procedures of the reactionary regime and prolong their illegal detention.

"The CPP demands that the Philippine government accord the Tanay 3 Prisoner of War status and treat them in accordance with the CARHRIHL and Geneva Conventions," said the CPP. "They should be treated humanely, not be tortured and kept in solitary confinement."

"The cruel and inhumane treatment of the Tanay 3 is in stark contrast to the humane and lenient treatment of AFP soldiers and armed agents of the Philippine government who have been captured by the NPA, including the recent case of four GPH police and jail personnel who were captured in July in Bukidnon and released early last month," cited the CPP.

"The cruel treatment of the Tanay 3 and the recent brutalities committed by the AFP in Tineg, Abra last October 10 underscore the fascist orientation of the Aquino regime's Oplan Bayanihan," said the CPP. "The 'peace and human rights' rhetoric being mouthed by Aquino and his military officials fails to hide the fascist brutalities committed in the conduct of its antipeople counterrevolutionary war."

Peace talks, human rights, POWs, torture, illegal arrest

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