BAYAN invitation for Nov. 22 launching of Defend ST

DEAR FRIENDS:

Warm greetings from BAYAN!

Between October 23, 2008 and November 13, 2008, Atty. Remigio Saladero and five (5) other human rights defenders were arrested on trumped-up criminal charges. Sixty-six (66) others are facing threats of similar arrest. While extrajudicial killings and abductions continue, albeit not as frequently and as outrageously as before, the Arroyo regime is now resorting to wholesale illegal arrests and detention to neutralize social and political activists and cripple opposition to its illegitimate rule.

On November 22, 2008, DEFEND-ST, a Task Force to Defend the Victims of Political Persecution in Southern Tagalog will be launched at the Benitez Hall, College of Education, UP Diliman, Quezon City from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

On behalf of the victims and their families, BAYAN invites you to be part of this effort to defend human rights defenders who are being unjustly portrayed as criminals. We also urge you to add your name to the signature campaign initiated by DEFEND-ST and circulate the appeal to your networks. An online petition will be available soon. In the meantime you may send back your signature through bayan_national@yahoo.com or contact us at telephone number: 925-5906 or fax: 435-6930.

Thank you very much and see you on November 22.

In Solidarity,

DR. CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO

BAYAN Chairperson

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