The Court of Appeals has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to identify those in their ranks that are allegedly harassing a human rights lawyer and file appropriate charges against them.
In a 22-page decision, the appeals court Former Special Sixth Division also ordered respondents to produce before the court for possible destruction all information that the military has gathered about Atty. Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon including records, photographs and dossiers.
MANILA – In a landmark decision, the Court of Appeals issued the writs of amparo and habeas data for Cordillera human rights lawyer Maria Catherine Salucon on March 12. Salucon filed a petition for the writs of amparo and habeas data in April 2014, following a series of harassment and intimidation against her by state agents. She is a founding member and current auditor of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), and handles its cases in the Cordillera and Cagayan Valley regions. – See more at: http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/03/17/ca-issues-writs-of-protection-to-cordillera-human-rights-lawyer/#sthash.jGDTkFy3.lnywUrmO.dpuf
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The IAPL expresses solidarity with lawyers and legal workers around the world on the Fifth “Day of the Endangered Lawyer”, Friday, January 23, 2015. The date has been celebrated since 2010. The international focus this year is on the Philippines and IAPL has deep concern for our colleagues in the Philippines who have experienced the loss of more than 100 fighters of legal profession since 1998.
Attacks on lawyers, fatal and otherwise, occur across the world in all types of countries. They are increasing in frequency. More than 1000 lawyers and legal workers have been killed or disappeared in the past several decades.