Joint Statement on the International Day of Solidarity for the Political Prisoners

We, families, friends & comrades of political prisoners in the Philippines and Turkey join our hands today, December 3, 2010 – the International Day of Solidarity for the Political Prisoners, in calling for the immediate release of All the Political Prisoners in Turkey and the Philippines.

We strongly urge the Turkish and Philippine government to stop all forms of torture and isolation to the prisoners in the country.

We believe that the 6000 political prisoners in Turkey and the 375 political prisoners in the Philippines should be released immediately without preconditions.

These political prisoners are not criminals and should be freed immediately to continue their invaluable service to the people of Turkey and Philippines in working for class and national struggles.

We likewise join the international community of people’s movement in calling for the immediate release of the Morong 43, the forty three health workers who are were illegally arrested, tortured and detained, and all political prisoners in the world who are languishing in various jails and detention centres.

Axel Pinpin, Genel Sekreter, KASAMA-TK (Güney Tagalog Köylü Hareketi Federasyonu –Filipinler)
SELDA – Organization of Former Prisoners Against Detention and Arrest in the Philippines
Alınteri (Toil)
Demokratik Haklar Federasyonu (Federation for Democratic Rights)
Halk Cephesi (People’s Front)
Partizan (Partisan)
Partizan Şehit ve Tutsak Aileleri (Families of Partisan’s Martyrs and Prisoners)
Tutuklu Gazetecilerle Dayanışma Platformu (The Platform of Solidarity With Detained Journailsts)

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) – Philippines is an organization of former political detainees in the country. Founded in December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by former political prisoners during the Martial Law period. It works for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and humane treatment of those who are still in detention; for the advocacy on the conditions of political prisoners, the fundamental reasons for their arrest and detention, and their struggle for justice; mobilization of resources for political prisoners and their families; legislative actions on the indemnification and rehabilitation of political detainees; and promotion of partnerships and solidarity with organizations for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and victims of tyranny.

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