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Date:          Tue, 13 Aug 1996 13:16:09
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Subject:       Filipino Lawyers Support Sison
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WHO ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS?


The imperialists in the United States, Japan and the European
Union (that have recently held the Group of 7 Summit on
"Anti-Terrorism" under the baton of the US) and their principal
puppets in the neocolonial client-states are the real terrorists
who wantonly kill large numbers of people every day.  They are
incomparably far bigger terrorists than the isolated lunatic
anticommunist groups and individuals that now and then explode
bombs to victimize ordinary people.  The Unabomber, for example,
is nothing compared to the Pentagon and the US Central
Intelligence Agency.

The imperialists and their puppets in client-states are
responsible for the oppression and exploitation of the working
people and entire nations.  They use state power to crush the
resistance of the people.  They produce, deploy and use the
weapons of mass destruction.  They inflict the most barbaric
forms of violence on the broad masses of the people.

While they can still extract superprofits from the oppressed
peoples and nations, the imperialists boast of higher standards
of living and  bourgeois democracy in their own homegrounds, as
if they were not responsible for terrorist puppet regimes and the
most destructive wars in the 20th century.

Let us look at the history and current circumstances of Dutch
monopoly capitalism.  It accumulated capital not only from the
exploitation of the Dutch proletariat but also from bloody
colonial conquests and from collaboration with terrorist regimes
under the aegis of neocolonialism.

The Dutch state collaborates with such terrorist regimes as those
in Indonesia, Philippines, Nigeria and Turkey for the sake of
Dutch monopoly firms like Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, Philips
and ING-Barings.  The worst acts of state terrorism are
perpetrated.  But the Dutch and other imperialists condone these
so long as their monopoly interests are benefited by the
terrorist regimes.

It is pure hypocrisy for the Dutch and other imperialist states
to label as terrorists the states, parties, organizations,
peoples and communists fighting for national liberation and
democracy against imperialism and local reaction.  It is also
pure hypocrisy for the imperialist states to deny asylum to
fighters for national and social liberation (especially suspected
communists) who are victims of terrorist puppet states by
labeling them as terrorists.

The growing antidemocratic trend of applying the brand of
terrorist on political asylum-seekers to deprive them of the
right to asylum is a manifestation of the worsening crisis of
monopoly capitalism  and the desperate attempt of the
imperialists to obscure the roots of the crisis, shift the blame
to the victims and criminalize the national liberation
movements..

The asylum case of Prof. Jose Maria Sison is of general  interest
to all the Dutch and foreign people who are concerned about the
antidemocratic trends in the Netherlands and in the European
Union in general, the obfuscation of the roots of the worsening
crisis of capitalism, the vilification of the movements for
national liberation and democracy and scapegoating of
asylum-seekers and migrant workers.

The Dutch justice  ministry has resorted to the use of the
terrorist label as a cheap and malicious device  to deny the
asylum of Prof. Sison in the name of "general interest".  It has
insinuated that he is somehow, even without proof, responsible
for terrorism by being an exponent of national liberation and
democracy for the Philippines, which is now under the real
terrorist regime of General Ramos, and by supposedly being in
contact with various national liberation movements which are
against real terrorist regimes and their imperialist masters.

It is utterly unjust for the Dutch justice ministry to make
unfounded claims against Prof. Sison for events occurring in 1985
while he was under maximum military detention and from 1989 to
1991 while he was already abroad.  Not even the Manila government
has been able to concoct any formal charges against him
concerning these events.  Recently, it has gone so far in its
psychological warfare as to offer false and insincere offers of
welcome and high posts.

It is also utterly unjust for the Dutch justice ministry to
insinuate that he is criminally liable for terrorism were he in
contact with representatives of working class parties and
national liberation movements.  In fact, he has met all kinds of
people while he is in the Netherlands.  These include trade
unionists, parliamentarians, academics, writers and artists,
scientists, clergy and so on.

By standing up for Prof. Sison's right to asylum  in the
Netherlands, we uphold the general interest of the people in the
right of all political refugees under the Refugee Treaty of
Geneva and the European Convention for the Protection of Human
Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as well as in the right of
peoples and nations to self-determination and the right of the
peoples in imperialist countries to be in solidarity with them.

International Campaign for the Sison Family
13 August 1996


Cesar T. Taguba
Coordinator
c/o P.O. Box 2041, 3800 Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Tel.: 31-33-4723084
We can also be reached by e-mail at:  ndf at antenna.nl



Filipino Lawyers Support
Jose Ma.  Sison's Application for Political Asylum
Press Statement
August 13, 1996

Romeo T. Capulong
Chairperson
Committee on Human Rights and Due Process
Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Tel. No. 899-3439/899-3416; Fax No. 899-3416



     In behalf of the Committee on Human Rights and Due Process
of the Integrated Bar
of the Philippines, I hereby announce that we stand united behind
Prof. Jose Maria Sison and Julieta Sison in their application for
status as political refugees in The Netherlands under the 1951
Convention on the Status of Political Refugees as amended by the
1967 Protocol thereto (Refugee Treaty).

     We have launched an information, education and signature
gathering campaign among
lawyers and lawyers' organizations on this issue.  As of now, the
following lawyers'
organizations have signified support and active participation in
this campaign:  The Public
Interest Law Center (PILC), Union of Lawyers and Advocates for
People's Rights (ULAP),
Lawyers for Public Interest of Central Luzon (LPI-CL) Pro-Labor,
and the Committee on
Human Rights and Due Process of the Integrated Bar of the
Philippines.   Pending
organizational decision, lawyers in their individual capacities
>from the following organizations
have likewise expressed similar support for Sison's asylum
application:  Protestant Lawyers
League of the Philippines (PLLP), Free Legal Assistance Group
(FLAG), Movement of
Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism (MABINI),
Philippine Bar Association
(PBA) and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

     In due time we will call a meeting of the steering commitee
to discuss and come up
with a concrete plan of action for the campaign which will also
seek the solidarity and support
of foreign lawyers and our fraternal organizations and
counterparts in foreign bar
associations.

     We stand united in support of Jose Maria Sison's application
for political asylum
because as concerned lawyers we are committed to uphold human
rights and the rule of
law, to the fundamental  and universal right to due process and,
above all, to truth and justice.

In a more extended paper, we will critically analyze the decision
of the Dutch Ministry of
Justice denying Prof. Sison's application and state in more
detail the reasons why we disagree with such decision.

At this juncture, we wish to point out that what is   primarily a
legal and humanitarian
issue has been decided on the basis of political considerations -
what the Dutch Ministry of
Justice calls its "responsibility to another sovereign state."

     The factual basis of the decision is seriously flawed
because it rests on "intelligence"
information and other hearsay evidence supplied by a polluted
source namely the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

The decision is inconsistent and absurd because while it found
that the applicant has
a well-grounded fear of political persecution and justly ruled
against deporting him to the
Philippines, it nevertheless gave him a  mandatory order to leave
The Netherlands and go
to a third country willing to accept him.

     The decision violates the fundamental rights of Prof. Sison
and his family under Dutch
law, under international human rights law and under the treaty
obligations of the Dutch
government in the 1951 Refugee Treaty.

     Although it did not explicitly say so in its decision, the
Dutch Ministry of Justice
clearly took into consideration the politics and ideology of
Prof. Sison in ordering his
expulsion from The Netherlands.  This is a dangerous precedent
which has serious implications to other political refugees in the
whole world. The right to seek political asylum is so fundamental
and universal that it transcends politics and ideology and the
so-called general interest, integrity and relationships between
states.

     It is evident that the denial of the application is intended
to deprive Prof. Sison of his
rightful participation as NDFP chief political consultant in the
current GRP-NDFP peace
negotiations, pressure the NDFP panel to hold talks in the
Philippines contrary to the
provisions of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity
Guarantees (JASIG) and to enable the reactionary and
pro-government interests to pressure the NDFP into capitulation.
Now the GRP panel is saying that it is  "diplomatically improper"
to hold further talks in The
Netherlands after the latter's Ministry of Justice has ordered
the expulsion of Jose Maria
Sison.


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