Press Release
October 24, 2019

Message for the United Nations Day

United Nations Day marks the UN Charter's entry into force on 24 October 1945 with the world organization's pledge to achieve lasting world peace.

With the Philippines among its 51 founding members, the UN has always offered its available mechanisms in addressing issues of serious international concern, such as violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws. It also consistently provided our country with humanitarian assistance, especially in times of disasters and conflicts, such as in typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and the Marawi siege.

Our nation is currently plunged into the worst human rights calamity, with thousands of government-sponsored summary killings under the guise of a war on drugs, and increased threats and harassment against political dissenters, human rights defenders and the free press. In the midst of all this, the United Nations has never faltered in calling for accountability and an independent probe of the Duterte government.

I am deeply grateful to the UN for its keen interest on my situation as a prisoner of conscience. I am unjustly detained for 973 days now for speaking truth to power in defense of human rights, the rule of law, and democracy. Indeed, the world is watching to safeguard against injustice and other breaches to our shared pledge of upholding human rights as a community of nations.

With authoritarian regimes re-emerging, inequality rising, and climate change worsening, we should hold steadfast to our universal dreams and aspirations. Let us reaffirm our commitment to international cooperation for peace and security, civil liberties and sustainable development.

In a world of challenges and crises, let us never lose hope for a better future as we strengthen our solidarity for the progress and dignity of all.


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