Støtt Jose Maria Sison!

Jose Maria Sison, en av grunnleggerene av CPP (det filippinske kommunistpartiet) og nå politisk rådgiver for NDF (Den nasjonale demokratiske fronten), er satt på lista over "terrorister" av regjeringene i USA og Nederland. Sison har bodd i Nederland sia 1987, og søker nå asyl der som politisk flyktning. Pga terroriststempelet har den nederlandske regjeringa nå fratatt Sison alle sosiale og økonomiske goder han har rett på som asylsøker. Det er satt i gang en verdensomspennende kampanje for å forsvare Sisons demokratiske rettigheter.

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Norske protester

Den norske solidaritetskomiteen for Filippinene, Kalayaan, hadde tirsdag 24. september et møte med førstesekretæren i den nederlandske ambassaden hvor de overleverte et brev til statsministeren i Nederland angående terroristanklagene mot Sison og CPP/NPA. Kalayaan oppfordrer menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner og andre til også å markere sitt syn overfor nederlandske myndigheter og melde fra om slike initiativ til støttekomiteen i Nederland via: defenddemrights@yahoo.com.

Her er brevet:

Prime Minister of The Netherlands
Jan Peter Balkenende
Via The Dutch Embassy in Oslo

Dear Mr. Balkenende,

The Norwegian Solidarity Committee for the Philippine, Kalayaan, are deeply concerned about the listing of Professor Jose Maria Sison and the CPP/NPA as terrorists and the depriviation of housing, medical insurance, food allowance and other basic necessities of the Sison family, as well as the freezing of their bank account.

By this act the Government of The Netherlands violates Prof. Sisons democratic and civil rights against criminalization as "terrorist" without due process. This is contrary to the procedure prescribed by any democratic society and also indicates a renunciation of part of her national sovereignty from pressure from The United States. Prof. Sison has since 1992 been considered a political refugee in the Netherlands, by the verdicts of the Dutch highest administrative court, Raad van State.

By this act the authorities of The Netherlands also jeopardizes the peace negotiations in the Philippines, a process the Netherlands, as well as Norway, has supported during the latest decade. Prof. Sison has been a senior political consultant of the NDFP panel in this negotiations with the GRP since 1991, accepted by the two parts as well as the fascilators and good hostes, included the Netherland. We are deeply concerned about this shift in policy, disfavouring the peoples in the Philippines and instead supporting the bilateral scheme of the US and the Macapagal regime to pave the way for further military intervention in the Philippines.

A society like The Netherlands should not step down to the level of placing side by side a popular mass movement for national, social and democratic rights to terrorism. We therefore appeal to the the Prime Minister and his Government to change their decisions and turning back to their former ways of juridical and political practise.

Oslo, September 24th 2002

Sincerely
On behalf of "Solidaritetskomiteen Kalayaan"
Øystein Ekevik / Arnljot Ask