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The event Songs of Disquiet, Hymns of Rage, held December 28 in Quezon City, Philippines, might have been a reunion of sorts of ‘70s and ‘80s activists, including musicians of the said era, but the ‘mini-concert’ cum conversation-with-the-artists was more than just a coming together of activist-musicians who had been a familiar, popular sight not in concert halls nor auditoriums but on the streets and makeshift stages during rallies and other protest actions against the Marcos dictatorship.

photo from sombath.org

Bangkok, 15 December 2016: On the fourth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Lao PDR government’s ongoing failure to adequately investigate Sombath’s disappearance. We urge the authorities to act to conduct an effective investigation with a view to determining his fate or whereabouts. In particular, we condemn the Lao PDR government’s inaction after the discovery of new video evidence made public 12 months ago.

            We the “People Go Network Forum” comprised of villagers, community based organizations, peasants, academia, nongovernmental organizations, labors, media, students, the self-employed from 109 organizations are here to review the situations in Thailand in the aftermath of the coup, especially the struggles and violence perpetuated by prejudice toward the aforementioned groups. We the people’s network are here to declare that;

International Human Rights Day 2016: Global Day of Action in Defense of the Right to Life

MANILA, Philippines - Focus on the Global South joined thousands of human rights defenders to commemorate the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016: Global Day of Action in Defense of the Right to Life. The mobilization was led by the In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement or iDEFEND. Focus is a member of iDEFEND, a grassroots movement that defends the rights and upholds the dignity of all Filipinos. iDEFEND engages with the government, educates and organizes the public and transforms collective voices into public action.

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