UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Women angry that army let off the hook
Human rights commission drops probe into alleged abduction of rights campaignerMelissa Roxas (Photo: bulatlat.com)
- D'Jay Lazaro, Manila
- April 26, 2011
Tanggol Bayi, a womenâ€™s rights group, criticized a decision by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights not to pursue allegations against the military in the abduction, torture and detention of Filipino-American rights activist Melissa Roxas.
Various Church and human rights organizations have been calling on the government over the past two years to take up Roxasâ€™ case.
Roxas, a member of leftist group Bayan-USA and of the Los Angeles-based cultural group Habi Arts, was abducted on May 19, 2009 in La Paz, Tarlac.
She was held for at least six days by her abductors and was reportedly subjected to various forms of torture after being accused of being a member of the communist New Peopleâ€™s Army.
The human rights commission, however, said there was â€śinsufficient evidenceâ€ť to support the conclusion that members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines http://www.afp.mil.ph/ held Roxas â€ścaptiveâ€ť and â€śsubjected her to physical and mental maltreatmentâ€ť and â€śto pinpoint individual members of the military as possible perpetrators.â€ť
The commission also said it has credible sources of information â€śthat indicate the possibility that members of the New Peopleâ€™s Army committedâ€ť the violations against Roxas.
Cristina Palabay, convenor of Tanggol Bayi, said the commissionâ€™s decision "gives credence to and parrots the militaryâ€™s illogical propaganda."
The Court of Appeals in August 2009 affirmed that Roxas' rights were violated.
"The commissionâ€™s resolution is a blow to the struggle for justice for victims like Roxas,â€ť Palabay said.