Cebu Lawyers Form Group to Assist Victims of Human Rights Violations
CEBU CITY-- Twenty-one lawyers, nine law students, and eight paralegals organized themselves to form what they called the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL).
The NUPL members said their mission is to actively defend, protect, and promote human rights. The scope covers civil, political, social, economic, and cultural rights.
They also stated that Cebu City shall henceforth be the historical birthplace of the NUPL.
Nothing could have been more apt and timely, members point out.
The human rights records of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, in an assessment made by a UN body, is quite "disturbing," it was pointed out in a press statement issued through the Philippine Information Agency.
The NUPL resolved, among others, to render legal services to victims of violations of said rights who are poor and oppressed.
It adopted the two Amparo cases now pending trial before the Court of Appeals here in Cebu City. These involve the alleged abduction and forced disappearance of two farmers in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
The respondents in both cases are President Arroyo, Armed Forces Chief Lt. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, and other military officers and non-commissioned officers.
The NUPL General Program of Action for 2008 will maximize and rationalize the practical use of existing judicial, quasi-judicial and other legal fora and remedies in the national and international levels, including the mechanisms arising out of the peace process for the defense, protection and promotion of human rights. …