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Teamwork online

Teamwork online

“One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” –John C. Maxwell

Nagkita-kita ang ilang indibidwal mula sa iba’t-ibang NGOs nuong nakaraang October 8, 2013 sa Ceferina’s Restaurant sa may Matahimik St. sa Q.C. Ang laman ng huntahan, magkaron ng ‘updating’ hinggil sa kalalagayan ng “Anti-Cybercrime Law” na na-TRO sa tulak na din ng mga protesta hinggil sa ‘unconstitutionality’ ng nasabing batas. At ang presentasyon ng proyektong “3rd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.”

Oct 8 HR Pinduteros meet small

Bahagi ito ng inisyatiba ng HRonlinePH.com hinggil sa pagtutulungan ng mga NGOs na gumagamit ng online bilang isang tool para sa promosyon at kampanya ng kani-kanilang adbokasiya sa karapatang pantao.

Marnie and Nica

Marnie and Nica

Sa maliit na ‘resources’ at sa malaking naitulong ng Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) ay inanyayahan ang mga indibidwal mula sa ilang HR NGOs at Peoples Org., siyempre hindi ‘invited’ ang mga NGOs ni Napoles na hindi rin naman namin matatagpuan kung sakaling magkamali kaming imbitahan at ‘di rin naman pupunta kasi siguradong gisado sila kung nagkataon.

May mga indibidwal din na bloggers ang inanyayahan, bagamat ang ilan ay hindi nakarating dahil sa ‘conflict’ sa skedyul. Ganunpaman ay mahigit sa 20 rin ang knakarating. Mabuti na lang at hindi na rin dumami dahil kundi ay lalaki ang bills sa restaurant.

Uminog ang pulong sa talakayan hinggil sa ‘Internet Freedom’. Ito kasi ang tema para sa 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.

“For the third time, Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com will give recognition to human rights defenders’ efforts to promote, assert and defend human rights by maximizing online platforms. This year the event will celebrate the assertion for freedom of expression and opinion online and offline with the theme “Internet Freedom… our rights, our choice, our voice.”

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Maliban sa mas maraming pagpapatawa at pangungulit, binigyang saysay ang talakayan ng mga panauhing tagapagtalakay na sina Nica ng FMA at Marnie ng PIFA. At katulad ng inaasahan ay ang masiglang pakikilahok ng mga nagsidalo.

“… we have seen a growing movement of people around the world who are advocating for change – for justice, equality, accountability of the powerful and respect for human rights. The Internet has often played key a role in such movements by enabling people to connect and exchange information instantly and by creating a sense of solidarity,” said UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, when presenting his annual report to the UN General Assembly.

The Special Rapporteur reminded States that, as a general rule, they must ensure that everyone enjoys his or her right to freedom of opinion and expression by maintaining free flow of information on the Internet, and ensuring that the Internet is available, accessible and affordable to all. However, La Rue recognized that freedom of expression can be restricted in very exceptional cases in line with international human rights instruments.

Humantong ang talakayan at huntahan sa tanong na kailangan pa nga ba ang isang “Anti-Cyber Crime Law”?

Sa mga nagdaang “statements” ay sinabi na natin na ang RA10175 ay magagamit lamang laban sa karapatan ng mamamayan sa malayang pamamahayag. Pagtatangka ito na pigilan ang malayang paglalahad ng kritisismo sa anumang kapalpakan ng pamahalaan.

Ilang ulit nang sinabi… Karapatan ng mamamayan ang pagpapahayag ng diskuntento o pagtutol sa anumang polisiya ng pamahalaan. Hindi ba’t ang mamamayan ang “BOSS”?

Frank La Rue explaing the work of the UN human...

Frank La Rue explaing the work of the UN human rights comission regarding the internet, at a press briefing at the Foreign Ministry, Stockholm, Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank la Rue clarified that there is no need to introduce new standards regulating the freedom of expression on the Internet as all standards already exist, in particular in the article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

-On 29 February 2012, at the 19th session of United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, a Panel on Freedom of Expression on the Internet
http://humanrightshouse.org/Articles/17693.html

Para sa aking pagkakaunawa, ang tagumpay ng social networking bilang medium ay dahil binibigyan nito ng lakas ang pagkakaisa ng mamamayan upang malayang magpalitan ng mga impormasyon at magpahayag. ‘Yan ang ikinatatakot ng mga kurap. Na ang diskuntento na “expressed online” ay tutungo sa “mobilization offline”. Hindi dapat matakot ang matino.

“The successful online campaign against the unconstitutional RA10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2012 that temporarily stopped its actual implementation and the very recent August 26 #MillionPeopleMarch in Luneta, initiated online by netizens against the PDAF scam revealed the undeniable capacity of the Filipino people to assert its rights and the use of ONLINE MEDIA as a powerful tool. The power of the people that was manifested both online and offline in both instances had proven the world how true that Philippines indeed is the social networking capital of the world. Alongside, it exposes that the recurring and continuing threat of suppression of freedom of expression also holds true, thus the need to be on guard, more vigilant and assertive in defending for these freedoms.”

Tama, ang social networking o online platform ay magtatagumpay kung pahihigpitin natin ang ika nga ay online teamwork. Online Teamwork para sa karapatang pantao. Kaya ang ‘tag line’ ng HRonlinePH.com ay “Inform. Inspire. Mobilize.”

Ang karapatang pantao ay parehas – online man o offline. Back to basic tayo, ang social networking ay katulad ng anumang pagkilos ng mamamayan -online man o offline kailangan natin ng teamwork.

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Change profile pic! Support the online campaign against enforced disappearance!

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearance (AFAD) invites everyone to join the online campaign of the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) to stop enforced disappearances.

As the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, 2012 is drawing to a close, AFAD, as the focal point of the ICAED, urge all our facebook friends to change their profile picture from today until August 30 as manifestation of support to our cause.

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Solidarity for the disappeared in FB and my muscle pain

Photo by Darwin Mendiola

Solidarity for the disappeared

August 30. Every morning while having my coffee, it has been part of my routine to browse on all my online accounts before I start to prepare to work.

A campaign in facebook asking friends to take down profile pics in commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared caught my attention. The message was:

In remembrance of the disappeared in the Philippines and around the world, whose lives, rights and freedoms were taken, please take down your profile picture on August 30, International Day of the Disappeared.

STOP ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES NOW! JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES!

It was indeed a very creative way of expressing solidarity online. But just like other campaigns in facebook whoever started this remains unknown. But one thing is sure. Whoever it was, he/she did a good job.

Our organization as one of the members of the Coalition Against Enforced Disappearance or CAED held an event tagged as “I have RAGED!” or Run Against Enforced Disappearance not only to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared (IDD) but also to call for the enactment of a law that would criminalize this HRV and for the Philippine government to ratify the international convention.

The run was attended by families of victims and HR advocates.

For decades, HR advocates and families have been pushing for the enactment of the law. We hope that all these efforts will reach P-Noy and the leaders of our government.

After the run, I went home and went online to remove my profile pic.

August 31. This morning, I woke up with my muscles aching.  Although the run was not really a long run but it was able to make me feel sick maybe because I’m not used to distance running.  It made me realized that I need to have even simple exercises from now on or try to stop smoking and start thinking of my health. I decided to skip work today and take a break.

Ano pa kaya ang walang kapagurang paghahanap ng mga naiwang kamag-anak ng mga mahal sa buhay nilang mga sapilitang winala? mas masakit pa sa muscle pain ang kanilang dinadanas. Pwede rin silang lumiban at magpahinga pero hindi dito natatapos ang paghahanap.