Human Rights Day at UPB

Posted: December 12, 2009 in Uncategorized
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The University of the Philippines Baguio students joined the global celebration of the Human Rights Day by conducting a candle lighting ceremony at the university parking area on December 10, 2009.

The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, Article III or the Bill of Rights gives every Filipinos the freedom and the free will do what they think is right.

The program started at exactly 5 o’clock in the afternoon and was attended by the University Student Council (USC) officials, concerned students, and some organizations like AnakBayan, LFS, Outcrop, and many other more. Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio (TABAK) rendered a special presentation.

One of the main highlight of the program is the statements given by different organizations pertaining to the Maguindanao Massacre at Shariff Aguak last November 23 this year where some of the victims were media practitioners. They are all shouting for justice.

“They should stop killing journalists”, Outcrop EIC said.

They accused the present administration as one of the causes of the continous mass alarming and consider the massacre at Maguindanao as a technique of manipulating information and a form of taking away the humanitarian freedom.

Also mentioned on the event were the different UP students and graduates, like James Balao who is still missing and suspectedly abducted by unidentified group of people.

As part of the Human Rights Day celebration, USC with the cooperation of the Tau Gamma Fraternity and Alliance for Concerned Students (ACS) will sponsor a film showing of “Dukot” this December 12 at the University’s Bulwagang Juan Luna. The said film is a story telling how hard and dangerous to become a journalist.

Right after the lighting ceremony at UPB, the participants joined another program at the Malcolm Square that was organized by the Baguio Human Rights Alliance.

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