US Senator calls for De Lima's release

US Senator calls for De Lima's release



Almost a month when the Australian parliament adopted resolution seeking for the immediate release of detained opposition senator Leila de Lima.
Here comes, United States of America Senator  Bob Menendez (Democrat-New Jersey) last International Women’s Day calling for the release of women around the world who are “wrongfully” imprisoned by their governments, which includes our very own  detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima.
Opposition Senator Leila De Lima arrested last February 24, 2017 for drug related charges (photo credit to PhilStar

“In the Philippines, Senator Leila de Lima, a brave champion of human rights, launched an investigation into extrajudicial executions that began shortly after President Duterte took office in 2016,” Menendez said in a statement.
“As one of the only leaders bold enough to oppose President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs,’ she has faced prolonged arbitrary detention, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International,” Menendez added.
“President Duterte has sought to silence her courageous voice as she spoke out against widespread human rights violations, including thousands of extrajudicial executions of mostly poor and marginalized people,” the US senator continued.

The former Secretary of Justice has been known a fierce critic of the President, and has launched a Senate probe into the alleged unlawful killings by the members of the Philippine National Police in the pursuance of president Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.




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