Saturday, April 01, 2006

International outrage over Beltran's illegal detention burns on

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran

Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006

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April 1, 2006

International outrage over Beltran's illegal detention burns on

Flemish parliamentarians, Taiwanese workers, OFWs rally for Ka Bel's rights

They may be on different sides of the world, but this did not stop Flemish parliamentarians and trade union activists from uniting with Taiwanese workers and Filipino migrants from holding successive protest actions calling for the immediate release of illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran.

Solidarity and protest actions all over the globe have continued even as Ka Bel has spent more than one month in detention at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame.

Last March 30, 2006, some seventy trade union activists and solidarity workers gathered in front of the Philippine embassy in Brussels, led by ACV-Brussels, 11.11.11 en Philippines Solidarity Groups Belgium and was supported by ABVV-Brussels, KWB, ACOD Limburg, New World, Wereldsolidariteit, Broederlijk Delen, Vlaams Internationaal Centrum and intal.

Solidarity for fellow solons

The protest was graced by the presence of four (4) Flemish parliamentarians, Eloi Glorieux, Jan Roegiers, Jos Stassen and Rudi Daems, who took up the cudgel for their fellow solons ('Batasan 6') who have been experiencing political harassment under the Arroyo administration.

On the other side of the globe, Taiwanese Human Rights organizations together with other civil society and labor groups staged on the morning of March 31 "the biggest protest action in Taiwan to date to denounce the continuing human rights violations in the Philippines" in front of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei.

Phil gov't rep in Taiwan booed

Around 60 Taiwanese and 10 Filipino migrants joined the said protest action condemning the arrest and detention of Representative Crispin Beltran. Rep. Beltran's message was even read to the protesters by the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants.

The activity was organized by the Chang Fo-Chuan Center for the Study of Human Rights, Soochow University in Taipei and was endorsed by 51 organizations and labor groups and 175 individuals. The picket in MECO was the third held in Taipei in a month's time. Migrante Sectoral Party – Taiwan chapter, initiated the first two last February 28 and March 5 respectively.

Atty. Carlo Aquino, head of MECO's assistance to nationals, received the petition letter from the organizers including that of the Labor Rights Association, which collected the signatories from labor groups. The participants then shouted "Liar!" and "Release Ka Bel!" when Aquino reportedly attempted to air out the Philippine government's position to the crowd.

Human rights and other groups including migrant workers in Taiwan have vowed that they will not end their protest actions in the island until Representative Crispin Beltran is released from prison and the arrest warrants on the Batasan 5 and others is.###


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