Posted by: nupl | August 10, 2009

PHILIPPINES ELECTED TO BUREAU OF WORLD LAWYERS BODY: Set to Host big Conference of Asia Pacific Lawyers on Human Rights in Manila

PRESS RELEASE
DATELINE HANOI, June 15, 2009: The XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) in Hanoi called on the Philippines to host the Fifth Conference of Lawyers in the Asia and the Pacific (COLAP V) on September 18 to 19, 2010. The host association is the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), the largest association of active human rights lawyers in the country and the Philippine member organization of the IADL a worldwide association of human rights lawyers from 100 countries founded in 1947. The IADL, which has consultative status with ECOSOC and UNESCO of the UN, is one of the oldest and the biggest organizations of progressive lawyers internationally.

The IADL Congress also elected Filipino human rights lawyer Edre U. Olalia to be a member of its Bureau, the 27-member governing body of the IADL. Representatives from Austria, Belgium, Cuba, France, Haiti,, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Puerto Rico,Romania, Spain, United Sates of America, United Kingdom, Vietnam were also elected to the Bureau. Newly-elected members of the Bureau met with Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at the Presidential Palace. The elected President is Jeanne Mirer of the US; Secretary General is Osamu Niikura of Japan and Joan Roig Plans of Spain as Treasurer. Niikura was the official delegate of IADL and our guest during the NUPL Founding Congress in Cebu last September 2007.

The Philippine human rights lawyers gained IADL’s recognition during its Paris Congress in 2005 because of its active campaign against attacks on lawyers, judges and civil liberties. It further gained the respect of IADL when it delivered well written papers during the Hanoi Congress on Philippine human rights condition including issues on the writ of amparo, attacks against judges and lawyers and national liberation movements. The NUPL delegation was nominated to be the Rapporteur in three of the six Commissions during the congress, namely, Atty. Rachel Pastores, NUPL Deputy Secretary General for Legal Services for Commission 1 on Right to Peace; Atty. Edre U. Olalia, NUPL Deputy Secretary General for International Solidarity Work for Commission 1 on Anti-Terrorism Laws; and Hon. Neri Colmenares, NUPL Secretary General for Commission 3 on Independence of the Judiciary. Its head of delegation, NUPL Secretary General Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares was also asked to be one of the speakers in the Plenary.

The theme of the COLAP V conference in Manila is “Human Rights, Development and the International Economic Crisis”. It will be attended by more than two-hundred lawyers and jurists from the region such as Japan, the Asean countries such as Vietnam and Korea, United States, Canada, Australia and the South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan. It is expected that one of the main issues that will be tackled during COLAP V is the human rights situation in the Philippines including the killings of judges and lawyers. COLAP IV was held in South Korea, while the previous COLAPS were held in New Delhi, Hanoi and Tokyo.

Reference Person : Atty. Edre Olalia: 09267202844

(Deputy Secretary General for International Solidarity Work )

Date : June 16, 2009

Published on 15 Jun 2009
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