Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Rights group says impunity must be stopped
Government to face UN in Geneva
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- October 15, 2012
The call came ahead of the countryâ€™s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.
Government representatives were to present a report detailing measures taken to comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Amnesty International, however has submitted a report to the Human Rights Committee detailing serious rights violations that have gone unpunished in the Philippines. These include torture, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.
"The Philippines should use the opportunity of this UN review to make good on its promises to end impunity for grave human rights violations,â€ť said Ritz Lee Santos, chairperson of Amnesty International in the Philippines.
â€śWe put an anti-torture law on the books, and now we need to put this into practice,â€ť he said yesterday.
Three years after the 2009 Anti-Torture Act was passed by Congress, no perpetrator has been convicted of torture, although several cases have been filed in court.
The family of Darius Evangelista, whose alleged torture in a Manila police station in 2010 was filmed on a mobile phone and broadcast on television and the internet, is still waiting for justice.
Evangelista is now thought to be dead, although his family is still waiting for the results of a forensic examination on a corpse they believe to be his.
Although the police officer seen in the video beating Evangelista was later taken into custody, he has since gone missing and is thought to be at large along with other police officers seen in the footage who failed to stop the assault.
Activists, local journalists and community leaders continue to be unlawfully killed or to disappear. Investigation and prosecution of these cases are wanting, allowing perpetrators to escape justice.
Nearly three years after a massacre in Maguindanao province, which killed 56 people, including many journalists, families of the victims are still waiting for justice.
At least six actual and prospective witnesses, as well as close relatives of witnesses, have already been killed.