September 9, 2008
PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON THANKS RAMSEY CLARK FOR SUPPORT
AND PROPOSES FURTHER ANTI-IMPERIALIST SOLIDARITY
Prof. Jose Maria Sison met with former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in
The Hague, The Netherlands on Monday, September 8, 2008 in order to thank
him for his moral and legal support when he (Sison) was arrested in
Utrecht on August 28, 2007 and detained by Dutch authorities in The Hague
national penitentiary up to September 13, 2007.
Sison was accompanied by Fidel V. Agcaoili, member of the Negotiating
Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and chairperson
of the NDFP Human Rights Committee. Also present was Julieta de Lima,
member of the NDFP Negotiating Panel and chairperson of the NDFP Social
and Economic Reforms Committee.
Sison briefed Clark on the status of his legal cases in The Netherlands,
European Union and the Philippines. He pointed to the series of decisions
favorable to him, such as those of the Hague district court and the Court
of Appeals, which resulted in his release last year, of the Philippine
Supreme Court decision dismissing the charge of rebellion against him on
July 2, 2007, and of the European Court of First Instance on July 11, 2008
which, declared illegal his being blacklisted as a “terrorist” since 2002.
averred that his arrest last year and the simultaneous raids on the homes
of the NDFP panelists, consultants and staffers were related not only to
the false charges of inciting the killing of military agents in the
Philippines but more importantly to the “terrorist” blacklisting by the
US, The Netherlands and the Council of the European Union.
Agcaoili also briefed Clark on the status of the materials confiscated
during the raids. He said that many materials had not yet been returned.
Clark gave his legal observations and agreed with Sison and Agcaoili that
the false charges of murder, rebellion and terrorism are politically
Clark discussed the situation in the US and the world at large. He decried
the severe economic and financial crisis and the wars of aggression
unleashed by the US. At the same time, he was glad about the growing
people’s resistance along the anti-imperialist and democratic line.
As chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS),
Sison proposed to Clark, as chairperson of the US-based Anti-Imperialist
League, the holding of an international conference on the people’s rights
to liberation and development in accordance with the Algiers Declaration
and the International Bill of Rights. They agreed to have further
communications on this matter.
Agcaoili informed Clark that human rights organizations are contemplating
to send an international fact finding mission to the Philippines in view
of the escalating armed conflict and atrocities of the military, police
and paramilitary forces of the Arroyo regime. Clark expressed the wish to
have a copy of the concept. He said that it was possible for him to
participate in the projected mission if done within next year.#
Jose Maria Sison walking with Ramsey Clark in The Hague, together with
Fidel V. Agcaoili behind
human rights chairperson Fidel V. Agcaoili, NDFP social and economic
reforms chairperson Julieta de Lima, International Action Center
chairperson Ramsey Clark and ILPS chairperson Prof. Jose Maria Sison.