January 31, 2009
To our Fellow youth leaders,
To date, there are 194 victims of enforced disappearance and 927 victims of extrajudicial killing since President Gloria Arroyo assumed her post in 2001, according to KARAPATAN, an alliance for the advancement of human rights in the Philippines. These alarming numbers were affirmed by the United Nations (UN) through UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, Philip Alston.
This alarming situation, which is deeply rooted in the economic issues of the country, led to the establishment of TANGGULAN in 2001 as the national center advocating for democratic and academic rights of youth and students. TANGGULAN continues to unite various youth groups from different sectors in defense of our civil liberties and human rights.
On February 7, 2009 (Saturday) at 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, TANGGULAN will conduct a Paralegal Training as part of its campaign and advocacy program for Human Rights. This will be held at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church (beside World Vision and across Maxima building) along Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. There will be PhP 50 registration fee which will cover lunch, snack and kit.
Objectives of this whole day event are as follows:
1. To provide young people of the basic knowledge on Human Rights in relation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR);
2. To deepen understanding of the current National Situation that give stress on the intensifying human rights violations among Filipino people: politically, economically and culturally;
3. To be equipped on legal mechanisms in countering vilification, harassments, arrests and other forms of human rights violations happening inside and out of campuses and;
4. To be active participants in human rights advocacy in the country.
Attached is our enlistment form to be submitted to TANGGULAN Secretariat: scmp(dot)national(at)gmail(dot)com not later that February 3. You may also reach us thru text at 09289526973 for further queries.
With these at hand, we look for your utmost response. Working together, we hope to extinguish the plague that is spoiling the future of the youth, and this country.
For human rights,
BIYAYA QUIZON JOHANNA MAE DELA CRUZ
National Chairperson Youth Desk
Student Christian Movement of the Phils. National Council of
Churches in the Phils
NUSP NOTE: Our Union is a main convenor of TANGGULAN. If you are interested to attend this activity please notify Henrie Enaje at 0908-5048925.