Melissa Roxas Case)
human rights - "...It is always a “blame-the-victim” mentality, and instead of investigating the perpetrators, the victim is often the one who is scrutinized and investigated. It was most absurd to imply that I could have done or would do this to myself. And the medical report conducted after I surfaced is consistent with evidence of abduction and torture. The Philippine government and military also often label people working in legal and democratic organizations advocating for their rights as communists and NPA rebels to justify illegal detention and even torture in their counterinsurgency campaigns. In my case, I was being forced to admit I was an NPA rebel, and I had consistently denied that I was a member of the NPA and told them I was a writer and activist. But under any circumstance, illegal detention and torture is ALWAYS WRONG no matter who the person is who is detained or tortured. NPA or not. Torture is against all the international laws on human rights and covenants. Any society that uses and condones the use of torture rejects the basic principles of human rights and human dignity. It is also not a true democracy nor what we would even consider a civilized society. You can never justify the use of torture. It dehumanizes the torturers, it dehumanizes the tortured, and it dehumanizes a whole society that is witness to it and chooses not to do anything about it. You can never justify the use of torture..." (Melissa Roxas speaks)
anti-communism - “The CHR practically clears the AFP and misleads the public to believe the NPA abducted Melissa, without even presenting a shred of evidence and with total disregard for the detailed testimony of the victim. Nowhere in the report does it offer any detail, let alone motive, for the NPA to abduct Melissa," Reyes said. Bayan said that the line of questioning by Melissa’s captors during her detention and torture make it “illogical" to pin the blame on the NPA. The umbrella group said that the line of questioning, as detailed in Roxas affidavit, was consistent with how the military interrogates activists suspected of being NPA members. “During detention, according to her testimony, Melissa was forced to sign a document saying she’s NPA and was repeatedly asked to return to the fold of the law. She was asked how she got involved in Bayan USA and was lectured on anti-communism and religion. She was told she was in the ‘order of battle.’ She was only released when she played along with her captors’ demand that she will reform. Is this the work of the NPA? It simply defies logic. What is the motive of the NPA for abducting her? Why does the CHR give this theory any credibility?" Reyes asked (CHR ‘practically clears’ AFP of torturing Melissa Roxas – Bayan)
Justice for Melissa).
- Official Web-site: Justice for Melissa
- CHR: We didn't clear the AFP in Melissa Roxas case
- Alleged torture victim protests CHR’s resolution
- Surface Filipina-American Activist Melissa Roxas Now
- Help Surface Filipina-American Activist Melissa Roxas, Abducted By Suspected Elements of The Philippines Military!
- Melissa Roxas fighting stance against Arroyo regime
- Melissa Roxas: ‘Talking About What Happened Is Like Going Back to That Dark Place’
- Melissa Roxas, Health and Humanitarian Worker, Fights Philippine Government after being Abducted and Tortured in the Philippines (Video)
- Filipina American Torture, Abduction Survivor Melissa Roxas: Graphic Torture Video a Rare Glimpse into Widespread Abuses in the Philippines (Video)
- PHILIPPINES: Testimonies on Human Rights Violations
- The quest for justice: Obstacles to the redress of human rights violations in the Philippines (Peace, conflict resolution, and human rights research reports)
- IMPUNITY. Prosecutions of Human Rights Violations in the Philippines.
- Philippines Violations of the Laws of War by Both Sides (An Asia watch report)