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Prof. Jose Maria Sison and friends celebrate victory against European "terrorist" list

 

Amsterdam

 

March 27, 2010

 

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Protest action in front of the Utrecht City Hall

 

March 26 -  Filipino Friends of Filipino revolutionary Jose Maria Sison held a protest action in front of the Utrecht City Hall last March 26, 2010 to protest the Dutch government's continuing refusal to grant Sison a residence permit and to allow him to live a decent life as a political refugee in the Netherlands. Protesters carried placards demanding respect for Sison's civil rights. Some spoke with passers-by and collected signatures in support for the action.

 

Photos courtesy of INternational Committee DEFEND

 

           
           
           

 

 NOT ALLOWED TO LIVE A DECENT LIFE: HOW CAN THAT BE?

Not allowed to work? May not travel freely? No access to social benefits? Hoe kan dat???

Friends of Filipino revolutionary Jose Maria Sison held a protest action in front of the Utrecht City Hall last March 26, 2010 to protest the Dutch government's continuing refusal to grant Sison a residence permit and to allow him to live a decent life as a political refugee in the Netherlands. Protesters carried placards demanding respect for Sison's civil rights. Some spoke with passers-by and collected signatures in support for the action.

Joma or Jo (as Sison is known in the Filipino community) has been living in the Netherlands as a political refugee since 1987, after the government of the Republic of the Philippines cancelled his passport. The protest was part of an internationally coordinated protest action in support of Sison's demand for the Dutch government to grant him a residence permit.

Some people who passed by the protesting Filipinos last March 26, 2010 in Utrecht found it outrageous that the Dutch government can do this to a recognized political refugee and to someone who's been living continuously in the Netherlands for 23 years. But then again, some argued that extremism and human rights violations of migrants have been casting their dark shadow over Europe now for the past decade.

The Filipino poet and revolutionary leader may be just one of the victims of this resurgence of extremism in Europe. Fortunately for migrants and refugees he is one of the very few who dares to challenge the violations of his rights in court and actually win.

“Tito (uncle) Jo is a good man. He tells us stories about our heroes and the struggle of the Filipino people. He suffered so much under the dictatorship of Marcos,” said one of the youngsters at the protest.

“They said that there is democracy in The Netherlands and there is respect for human rights. But Tito Jo is not allowed to rent a home under is name... he is not allowed to work... he cannot have social benefits... and he cannot travel freely! Hoe kan dat nou?!? (How can that be?!?)” the youngster added.

The Dutch government arbitrarily placed Sison in its “terrorist list” in 2002, just within 24 hours after the US put Sison on its “terrorist list” of individuals and organizations. The Dutch government shortly also curtailed his rights to residence, employment, social benefits and to travel. The Council of the European Union put him on the EU “terrorist list” in October 28, 2002.

Last September 30, 2009 the European Court of First Instance (now called the General Court under the Lisbon Treaty) handed out a decision to remove Sison from the terrorist blacklist of the European Union. This legal victory is a result of more than seven years of legal struggle against the so-called terrorist list. But his civil rights are yet to be restored.

Sison's legal victory against the Council of the European Union is considered by many as a very important landmark decision because it can serve as a reference for preventing the arbitrariness of European governments in blacklisting individuals, organizations and other entities as terrorists. It is considered by many human rights advocates as a blow on the growing trend of extremism and discrimination in Europe.

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PRESS RELEASE
International Committee DEFEND
6 April 2010

Joma Sison celebrates victory against EU “terrorist” list

Filipino migrants living in the Netherlands and European solidarity activists turned up in their numbers on 27 March, in De Nassaukerk in Amsterdam, to join Filipino revolutionary Jose Maria Sison in celebrating his legal victory against the so-called terrorist list of the Council of the European Union. The activity was also an occasion to press the Netherlands government to grant Sison a permanent Dutch resident permit.

The EU Court of First Instance in Luxembourg on 30 September 2009 rejected the arguments of the Council of the EU and the governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and took Sison off the “terrorist” list of the EU. The ruling was deemed final and executory on 10 December of the same year, allowing Sison to reclaim his bank account and allow him to engage in normal financial matters.

Commenting on the significance of the Luxembourg Court judgment Sison said that it also, “opens the way for me to exercise and enjoy the rights that have been curtailed and suppressed due to the false charge of terrorism.”

During the 27 March celebration, several Filipino migrant workers volunteered to prepare a traditional Filipino dinner. It was their way of celebrating with Prof. Sison, toasting him for his legal victory, and of showing solidarity with the campaign to grant him a residence permit in the Netherlands.

After the dinner, legal experts from the Philippines, Netherlands and Belgium joined Prof. Sison in a panel discussion about the significance of his legal victory in the EU Court of First Instance, about the prospects of his appeal for a Dutch residence permit, and about the human rights situation in the Philippines.

A highlight of the evening was the showing of the musical “Ang Makata'y Mandrigma, ang Mandirigma'y Makata” (The Poet is a Guerrilla, the Guerrilla is a Poet). Originally staged in the Film Center of the University of the Philippines, the musical play told of the life and struggles of Prof. Sison and his comrade activists from the 1960s to the present.

“It was beautiful!” chorused a group of Filipina migrants after watching the video of the play. A Dutch activist found it incredible to see the history of the establishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army on screen.

Solidarity activists from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Norway were on hand to congratulate Prof. Sison and to lend their support for the continuing campaign for his civil rights. Guests signed a petition addressed to the Dutch government asking to grant Sison a permanent residence permit and to stop his political persecution.

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Joma Sison celebrates victory against EU “terrorist” list

 

March 27 - Filipino migrants living in the Netherlands and European solidarity activists turned up in their numbers on 27 March, in De Nassaukerk in Amsterdam, to join Filipino revolutionary Jose Maria Sison in celebrating his legal victory against the so-called terrorist list of the Council of the European Union. The activity was also an occasion to press the Netherlands government to grant Sison a permanent Dutch resident permit.

 

Photos courtesy of INternational Committee DEFEND

 

           
     

 

Attorney Principe On the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines  Part I

 

 

 

Attorney Principe On the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines  0 Part 2

 

 

 

Matthieu Beys on Joma's Case - Part 1

 

 

 

Matthieu Beys on Joma's Case - Part 2

 

 

 

Attorney Jalandoni: - Part 1

 

 

 

Attorney Jalandoni: - Part 2

 

 

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Strike of the Cleaners in The Netherlands

 

           

 

MGA JANITOR SA NETHERLANDS, NAGWELGA!

Nagsimulang mag-welga ang mga schoonmakers (tagalinis o janitor sa atin) sa Netherlands nang magsawa sa paikot-ikot na negosasyon para sa CAO (katumbas ng collective bargaining agreement o CBA sa atin). Ang pangunahing hinihingi nila ay ang 0.30 euro na dagdag sa per orang sahod nila, respeto at makataong turing at kalagayan sa trabaho, at ang dagdag na bayad para sa gastos sa pamasahe.

Naglunsad ng isang sit-in strike mula noong March 16, 2010 sa central station ng tren sa Utrecht ang mga welgista. Inaasahang magpapatuloy na nakakampo sa bulwagan ng istasyon ng tren ang mga welgista hanggang ilang araw pa.

Karamihan sa mga welgista ay mga dayuhan din sa Netherlands. Marami sa kanila ay mga Morokan, Turko, Afrikano at mga mula sa bansang dating kolonya ng Netherlands tulad ng Aruba, Indonesia, Surinam at Antilles.

"Kung ituring kami, parang mga robot at makina. Baka nakakalimutan nila na kami'y taong gawa sa buto't balat tulad nila," reklamo ni Fatima sa wikang Dutch. Si Fatima ay isang Morokan na mahigit 11 isang taon nang nasa Netherlands. May tatlong anak si Fatima.

"Mahigit sampung taon na akong naglilinis. Naranasan ko nang maglinis ng ospital, airport, banko, at shopping mall. Pero hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin ako regular," kwento ni Fatima.

"Buti pa yung floor polisher at vacuum cleaner, inaalagaan nila. Pag nasira, pinapagawa agad. Kami, pagnagkasakit, pinapalitan agad," patuloy ni Fatima. "Mabigat ang trabaho, mababa ang sahod at walang seguridad. Pati pamasahe, hindi sagot ng employer. Gumagastos ako ng mahigit 150 euros buwan-buwan sa pamasahe papasok sa trabaho. Halos 20% na ito ng kita ko."

"Mababa ang tingin sa iyo kung tagalinis ka lang. Lalo pa kung babae ka at Muslim!" dagdag pa ni Fatima.

Ayon kay Fatima, nalaman niya na mahigit 60% ng schoonmakers ay babae. 70% ay tinuturing na mababa ang pinag-aralan.

"Marami sa amin ay napipilitang tanggapin ang ganitong kalakaran kasi mahirap maghanap ng trabaho kung hindi ka marunong mag-Dutch," ayon kay Fatima.

Nagpahayag ng suporta sa mga welgista ang mga organisasyon ng mga Pilipino. Maraming kababayan natin ang nagtatrabaho bilang mga linis-bahay. Ayon sa kanila, nauunawaan nila ang kalagayan ng mga schoonmakers dahil ganoon din ang karanasan nila.

Kabilang sa mga sumuporta ang MIGRANTE-NL, MIGRANTE
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Pahayag ng pakikiisa sa nga nagwewelgang tagalinis
18 marso 2010

Mahal na mga welgista,

Ako pos si Marikit. Ako ay mula sa Pilipinas at ang mga magulang ko ay mga tulad ninyong tagalinis.

Nagwelga kayo para ipaglaban ang dagdag na sahod at mas makataong kalagayan sa trabaho. Ang ipinaglalaban ninyo a makatarungan at mahalaga sa maraming Pilipinong nagtatrabaho bilang tagalinis kaya't sumusuporta ang mga organisasyon ng mga Pilipino sa pagkilos ninyo.

Maraming Pilipino ang nagtatrabaho bilang tagalinis – ligal o lihim - at ramdam nila ang kalagayan ninyo – ang mabigat na trabaho, ang sahod na hindi sapat, at ang mataas na presyo ng bilihin.

Bilang mga linis bahay na lihim na nagtatrabaho, walang seguridad ang maraming Pilipino. Pag nagkasakit, walang insurance na maaasahan. Kung maaksident sa trabaho, bahala ka sa sarili mo. At dahil bawal ito, marami kaming kilala na hinuli at ikinulong na parang mga kriminal at na-deport pinabalik na Pilipinas.  Mahalaga ang pagkilos ninyo dahil sa tindi ng kahirapan ngayon na dinaranas ng mga manggagawa. At kaisa ninyo kami sa paninindigan ninyong hindi dapat ang mga manggagawa -- kasama na ang kanilang mga anak --- ang dapat magpasan ng krisis na hindi naman sila ang may  kasalanan.

Kaya naman kaming mga anak ng mga linis-bahay ay nakikiisa sa inyo. Ang mga problema ninyo ay problema rin ng mga magulang namin. Ang laban ninyo ay laban rin namin!

Mga kasama sa pakikibaka para sa ikagiginhawa at ikabubuti ng buhay, Nakuha ninyo ang suporta ng mga Pilipinong linis bahay tulad ninyo. Nananawagan kami sa buong komunidad ng mga Pilipino at sa iba pang mamamayan sa Netherlands na suportahan ang inyong welga at ipalaganap pa ang mensahe: Sama-samang pagkilos, sama-samang magtatagumpay, sama-samang bubuti ang buhay!
 

 
Video and poster courtesy of  FNV Bondgenoten and  Socialist Partij Nederland)
           
     

Protest of schoonmakers with Filipino members from Migrante Nederland

Photos by FNV Bondgenoten

           
     
 

Press Conference of the Muslim-Chistian Alliance for Justice and Peace

protesting the continuing denial by the Dutch government of the rights of Prof. Jose Maria Sison to permanent residency and a have a job

 

Video courtesy of  Migrante Al Khobar Eastern Region

 

           

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Video capture of the TV broadcast

of The Filipino Channel-Balitang Middle East on  4 April 2010

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