WAT DA! CHR, various progressive groups condemn recent arrest of Ocampo, Castro

Ahead of the Human Rights day celebration this month, the Commission on Human Rights and various progressive groups has condemned the recent arrest of Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, as well as the worsening human rights condition in the country.

In a press briefing in Quezon City Saturday, CHR chairperson Chito Gascon has vowed that they will continue to monitor the case of Ocampo’s group to probe if there are rights that have been violated.

CHR, various progressive groups condemn recent arrest of Ocampo, Castro

Ahead of the Human Rights day celebration this month, the Commission on Human Rights and various progressive groups has condemned the recent arrest of Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, as well as the worsening human rights condition in the country.

“Ka Satur and congresswoman France and the four pastors are honorable people. It is hard to imagine or think that they will be charged with child abuse and trafficking,” he said.

“Nung nabanggit sa amin na may kaganapan doon, nagpadala po kami ng QRT (quick response team) fact-finding team. Hindi pa bumabalik yung report, mahirap naman na manghusga kaagad kung may nalabag,” Gascon said.

The PNP announced on Friday that Ocampo, Castro, and their group, which includes pastors and priests, were nabbed on Wednesday in Talaingod, Davao del Norte for allegedly recruiting children to “rally against the government.”

The police further said they have been charged with child abuse, kidnapping, and failure to return a minor during their solidarity mission.

But the CHR head argued that group of the accused peaceably went to Talaingod for a humanitarian solidarity mission to give aid to lumad schools and teachers in the area and investigate alleged cases of human rights violations.

“The reason that there is a solidarity and humanitarian mission is to bring to life the situation in the school and that is not prohibited by the law. In fact, any work that brings truth to the public is not prohibited by law,” he added.

Gascon bared that some lumad schools have been caught up in war between the Armed Forces and the rebels.

With this, he appealed that schools should be “zones of peace” and that teachers and students should always be safe from any kind of armed conflict.

Following recent charges filed against activists, Gascon noticed that there seems to be a “pattern of harassment and intimidation.”

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