Urgent Action Alert: CEGP Alumnus Gets Death Threats


Dear Friends,

Si Kelly Delgado, subject ng UA Alert na ito ay fellow Guilder. Regional Coordinator sya ng SoCSKSarGen noong 2001-2002 when Ronalyn Olea was National President.

Sana makatugon din tayo sa pagtulong sa kanya by responding to this UA Alert.

Ruth

URGENT ACTION ALERT * URGENT ACTION ALERT * URGENT ACTION ALERT * URGENT ACTION ALERT * URGENT ACTION

UA Date: 22 May 2008

UA Title: Human Rights Worker Gets Death Threats in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines

UA Case: Threat/Harassment/ Intimidation/ Fear for Life and Safety

Victim/s: Kelly Muñez Delgado

· 31 years old, male, single

· Human rights worker

· Secretary General, KARAPATAN-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR)

Place of Incident: Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines

Date of Incident: 16 May 2008

Alleged Perpetrators: unidentified men sending SMS (Short Message System), believed to be military elements.


Account of Incident:
Following the assassination of peasant leader Celso Pojas in Davao City on May 15, 2008,  Mr. Kelly Delgado, 31 years old and head of the Karapatan team that responded to the incident, was invited for a radio interview by Mr. Abner Francisco of Charm Radio based in Kidapawan City. He was interviewed on May 16, 2008 at around 8:30 a.m.  The interview lasted for about 30 minutes.

An hour and a half later, at around 10 a.m., Charm Radio received three (3) text messages (SMS) through its official mobile phone number.

The message read: “Charm, yn ang hirp s mga supporter ng mga NPA. Kong my mngyri s knl. Sundalo agd ang pbintngan. Kong sundalo ang mmty hnd mn kau ngsslita pra s pnig s sundalo. Ikaw nmn ang sunod jn mr. Kelly n iligpid. Six fet below d ground kn Kelly.” (That’s what’s wrong with New People’s Army (NPA) supporters, if something happens to the NPA, they immediately blame the soldiers. But if a soldier dies, they don’t speak to defend the soldiers. You are the next one to be eliminated, Mr. Kelly. You’re already six feet below the ground, Kelly.)

On May 19, 2008, the radio station forwarded these messages to Delgado to warn him of the threat.  The radio station, however, refused to disclose the number of the mobile phone that was the source of the threat.  According to them, it is the station’s policy to keep listeners’ contact details confidential.

As Secretary General of Karapatan in Southern Mindanao, Delgado has led quick reaction teams to respond to reports of human rights violations and is a vocal critic of human rights abuses of members of the military.

Karapatan, a national alliance of human rights organizations, desks, programs and individual human rights advocates, has lost 33 human rights workers to extrajudicial killings in the course of human rights work since 2001 up to the present. Each one was a victim of a vicious military campaign of incitement to violence.

Human rights defenders must be able to continue their work unhampered. Vilification campaigns must be stopped and the safety of human rights workers must be ensured.

Your urgent response to this action alert is being sought.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Please send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:

1.       The immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights that will look into the threat, harassment and intimidation of Kelly Delgado and other human rights workers.

2.       The arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of human rights violations.

3.       Ensuring the safety of Mr. Kelly Delgado and other human rights workers and allowing them to do their work unhampered; and,

4.       The Philippine Government to be reminded that it is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that it is also a party to all the major Human Rights instruments, thus it is bound to observe all of these instruments’ provisions.

You may send your communications to:

H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

President of the Republic
Malacanang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
Cell#: (+ 63) 919 898 4622 / (+63) 917 839 8462
E-mail: corres@op.gov. ph / opnet@ops.gov. ph

Jesus D. Dureza
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
*Office of the Peace Process
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City, MM, Philippines 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Mobile:
Fax:+63 (2) 635 9579
osec@opapp.gov. ph

Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr.
Secretary
Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines
Voice:+63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
Fax:+63(2) 911 6213
osnd@philonline. com

Raul M. Gonzalez
Secretary
Department of Justic
e
Padre Faura St., Manila, Philippines
Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
Trunkline  523-84-81 loc.214
Fax: (+632) 521-1614
Email  sad@doj.gov. ph

Hon. Leila De Lima
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex

Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City

Philippines
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email: drpvq@chr.gov. ph

Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the said government official to our address below.

URGENT ACTION Prepared by:
Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)-National Office
2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin cor Matatag, Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES
Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146
Emails: <karapatan.pid@ gmail.com> / <karapatan.admin@ gmail.com>
Website: www.karapatan. org

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