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HK groups join global actions in support of Sison


Hong Kong


March 26, 2010



Norman Carnay of BAYAN-HK. Members of the HK Defend giving the petition with signatures to the Dutch Consulate

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Hong Kong Committee to Defend

Prof. Jose Maria Sison



Press Release

26 March 2010


For reference:         Rey Asis, convenor

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HK groups join global actions in support of Sison


Members of the Hong Kong Committee to Defend the Rights of Prof. Jose Maria Sison (HK Defend) trooped to the Consulate General of the Netherlands to demand for the Dutch government’s granting of permanent residence to Sison, a political refugee.


“There is no more legal cause for the Dutch government to deny Professor Sison permanent residency. Any move to deny him this right is obviously political in nature already and puts into question the Netherland government’s commitment to human rights,” said Rey Asis.


According to Asis, the ruling of the European Court of Justice last year that cleared Professor Sison of any criminal charges and ordered the European Union to remove the 71-year old academic and activist from the EU’s terrorist list, make him very much eligible for permanent residency in The Netherlands where he has lived for the past 23 years first as a visiting research and then as a political asylum-seeker.


“Governments of The Netherlands, Philippines and the United States have thrown legal and political hurdles to deny Professor Sison of his rights as a refugee but truth is with him and this time, what is just must rule,” Asis remarked.


The protesters submitted a petition seeking for Sison’s permanent resident status as well as other rights that go with it including employment and right to travel.


Sison is one of the most prominent political activists from the Philippines. His views and analysis on the Philippine situation as well as that of the world have been widely published and circulated.


“It is contemptible for the unholy trinity of the Dutch, RP and US governments to continue with their scheme of making Sison’s life as hard as possible. He must be granted permanent residency now and his comprehensive rights must be respected,” Asis concluded


Dolores Balladares-Pelaez of UNIFIL-Migrante-HK
Eni Lestari of the IMA Rey Asis of the ASA Leung Kwok-Hung of the League of Social Democrats
  Marching to the Dutch Consulate  



We, the undersigned, hereby petition the Dutch government , especially the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice, to grant the permanent residence status to Prof. Jose Maria Sison. It is a matter of justice that he be granted the residence permit in view of the following:

  1. Prof. Sison has lived continuously for 23 years in the Netherlands lawfully and peacefully since 1987.

  2. He is a political refugee as defined by article 1A of the Geneva convention. He was recognized as such by the Raad van State in 1992 and again in 1995, by the Dutch government in 1996 and by Rechtséénheidkamer in 1997.

  3. It is established by the judgment of the European Court on 30 September 2009 that he has not been investigated, prosecuted or convicted for any act of terrorism and that the aforementioned Dutch court decisions cannot be used to hold him liable for such.

  4. In view of the foregoing No. 3, the Dutch Ministry of Justice must grant permanent residence to Prof. Sison on the basis of its own admission on 14 May 2009 that Prof. Sison meets the criteria for amnesty/pardonregeling.

  5. By virtue of the directive issued on April 2004 by the European Union (EU) Council, Prof. Sison should be granted permanent residence because a) he does not pose a danger to the security of a Member State, b) he has not been convicted of a serious crime, and c) he does not constitute a danger to the community of that Member State.

For more than two decades, Prof. Sison has suffered from false accusations, unjust persecution and inhumane treatment for his political beliefs and opinions. It is a matter of justice that he must be allowed to normalize his life and to enjoy and exercise his basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.

He must be allowed to practise his profession as a teacher of political science and contribute his best as chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

Signed by:

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