0706: Swiss parliamentarians question Beltran's imprisonment
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July 6, 2006
Swiss parliamentarians question Beltran's imprisonment
Swiss parliamentarians have asked the Federal Council to consider diplomatic action towards the Arroyo administration's continuing imprisonment of Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) Representative Crispin Beltran.
Swiss MP Liliane Maury Pasquier, in her June 22, 2006 interpellation ('Serious Attacks on Democracy in the Philippines') has expressed concern over Beltran's plight, stressing that the 73-year old solon's arrest "clearly violates the International Convention on the Civil laws and Political and the Declaration of the Human rights of the United Nations ".
She also requested the Federal Council to take "diplomatic action" on the issue of Beltran's release.
"Doesn't the Federal Council think one diplomatic action, which could take the form of a request for release, is absolutely necessary vis-a-vis this violent infringement of the principles of democratic and human rights?" Maury Pasquer said in the excerpt of the interpellation sent to Cong. Beltran's office (text roughly translated into English from French).
"Doesn't it think that a democratic State like Switzerland would have, of agreement with the other countries and within the international organizations like the very new Council of the human rights, to engage so that the situation of the deputy Crispin Beltran improves as fast as possible and so that Philippines respects the democratic rights of their members of Parliament in particular and of the population in general?" Maury Pasquer continued.
"As a State defender of the human rights and democratic system, Switzerland must really engage these causes. If many members of Parliament of the whole world expressed their concern by letters addressed to the Filipino government, an official reaction of one or several States is necessary to show that this established fact is unacceptable," she concluded.
Maury Pasquier also filed a resolution raising the issue of human rights in the Philippines at the Swiss Parliament signed by 24 other MPs. It is still pending before the Federal Council. Those who signed the resolution are Didier Berberat, Free Cavalli, Andre Daguet, Marlyse Dormond Béguelin , Jacqueline Fehr, Valerie Garbani, Vreni Hubmann, Francine John-Calame, Margret Kiener Nellen, Ueli Leuenberger, Susanne Leutenegger Oberholzer, Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary, Roger Nordmann, Fabio Pedrina, Rey Jean-Christmas, Stephan Rossini, Maria Roth-Bernasconi, Pierre Salvi, Geraldine Savary, Carlo Sommaruga, Pierre Vanek, Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, Hans Widmer, and Ursula Wyss.###
*Cong. Crispin Beltran is confined under police custody at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. Today is the 131st day of his arbitrary detention by the Arroyo administration.