Fasting for Freedom
ASAP-Katipunan stands in solidarity with the political prisoners and their families as they fast for the immediate release of all political prisoners in the Philippines.
Despite the ongoing formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), there are still more than 400 political prisoners in the country; many of whom are sick, elderly, and women.
We are indignant at the demise of peasant leader and political prisoner Bernabe Ocasla. He passed away at the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital a few days after being in a state of comatose due to stroke. He is the second political prisoner to die this year while in detention. The first was NDFP peace consultant Ed Serrano who died in January.
The continuing incarceration of political prisoners is a grave injustice not only to them, but to their families as well since they already have suffered enough from the trumped up charges filed against them.
The release of political prisoners is a matter of justice long overdue. It is an obligation under existing agreements in the NDFP-GRP peace talks. The Duterte administration should uphold and adhere to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian law (CARHRIHL) which both the Duterte administration and the NDFP agree to reaffirm during the first round of talks in Oslo last August 2016.
ASAP-Katipunan calls on the Duterte administration to release all political prisoners through general amnesty. We enjoin all Iskolar ng Bayan and the Filipino youth to participate in solidarity fasting from December 3 to 10 in support of the hunger strikes, fasting, and other forms of protests and appeals by the political prisoners.
Free all political prisoners now! General amnesty now!