Dear Coalition members and supporters:
We are circulating an international appeal to the President of the Philippines to immediately stop the illegal detention and abuse of 36 to 54 children everyday in the company of adults in police jails all over the Republic of the Philippines.
Please cut and paste, electronically sign your name and indicate your country and email the appeal afterwards to the letters to the editor section of different newspapers in the Philippines (emails shown below).
The President of the Philippines
Republic of the Philippines
Re: Stop the illegal detention and abuse of children prisoners now
We express deep concern over the illegal detention of 36 to 54 Filipino children everyday. They are kept in the company of adult prisoners in cramped police jails all over the Philippines.
We are disturbed that not a few of these children, including young girls and mentally disabled children, come from the poorest areas. They suffer rape, torture, tattooing, and many indignities.
We feel troubled that they are deprived of medical, social, psychological, and legal assistance during the period of their police detention.
We understand this constitutes a cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment or punishment.
We regret that in spite of numerous Philippine and international laws prohibiting these practices, the incarceration of children in the company of adult prisoners and these violations persist.
We hold children’s rights equal to all human rights transcending national boundaries and serving as the first priority for all nations around the world.
We therefore appeal to the best judgment and conscience of the President of the Philippines to stop these illegal, inhumane practices immediately.
Name and Country
You may devise your own letter if you want. For more information and details about the widespread practice of jailing children with adults in the Philippines, please click http://stopchilddetention.blogspot.com/
Here are the email addresses of nine Philippine-based newspapers:
Thank you for helping stop this illegality now.
Coalition to Stop Child Detention Through Restorative
Established on 28 October 2003, the Coalition adopts the international human rights and restorative justice frameworks in defending, protecting, and fulfilling by means of media advocacy, cyber-activism, and political actions the human rights of children in conflict with the law all over the globe.
It is composed of at least 26 organizations and other concerned individuals in the Philippines.
It includes Amnesty International-Philippines, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Stairway Foundation, Bahay Tuluyan, Sining Larong Pambata, Lingap Pangkabataan, Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Children’s Legal Bureau, FREELAVA, PREDA Foundation, PRESO Foundation, Save the Children Fund-UK, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Japan, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Switzerland, ERDA Foundation, Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Sarilaya, Women's Research and Resource Center Western Mindanao State University, CARE for ChYPs Organisation, Gender and Development Office West Visayas State University, PYAP-Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay City Social Welfare and Development Office, Balay sa Gugma Foundation, Share A Child Movement, and Consuelo Foundation.
It counts among its supporters Unicef-Philippines, Council for the Welfare of Children, and Department of Social Welfare and Development-Legal Division
Posted on 2004-03-17