[Marxism] Victory for Jose Maria Sison against EU "terrorist list"!

Jeff meisner at xs4all.nl
Sun Oct 4 11:50:12 MDT 2009

Good news for once! Since about 7 years ago, the Philippine communist Jose
Maria Sison has been under attack by the Dutch government and then the
entire EU, both of which placed him on their respective "terrorist lists,"
causing him great personal hardship (and constricting his political role,
surely the intent). About 2 years ago the Dutch government (in cooperation
with the Philippine government or parties) even had him charged on some
fabricated murder charges! Those were eventually dropped, basically because
they were proven to be nonsense. But getting off a "terrorist list" is a
bit trickier, and I wasn't very optimistic about that struggle. However a
small but very hard working committee mainly of Philippine ex-pats in
Utrecht has nevertheless succeeded! Here is their press statement:

Press Release
1 October 2009


The European Court of First Instance (ECFI) annulled yesterday all
decisions and a regulation of the Council of the European Union (EU) that
had maintained Prof. Jose Maria Sison in its so-called terrorist blacklist.

The removal of the name of Prof. Sison from the blacklist is the essence or
main point of the ECFI judgment on Case T-341/07 of Prof. Sison against the
Council of EU. It directly unfreezes Sison's funds in his small bank
account and allows him to engage in financial dealings like any ordinary

To annul the acts of the Council in blacklisting Prof. Sison and freezing
his account, the ECFI ruled that the national decisions done in The
Netherlands and relied upon by the Council did not relate to the
instigation of investigations or prosecution or to a conviction for
terrorist activity, contrary to the requirements of European Community Law.

Aside from unfreezing the funds of Prof. Sison, the ECFI judgment opens the
way for him to assert and enjoy all his rights that have been restricted or
suppressed due to the false charge of terrorism.  He can benefit from the
judgment in the following ways:

1. To claim back the social payments for living allowance, housing, health
insurance and old age pension which have been withdrawn from him since 2002;

2. To seek gainful employment or render professional services with

3. To secure legal admission as a refugee and a residence permit;

4. To travel freely without restrictions;

5. To be free from being labelled and stigmatized as a terrorist; and

6. To claim moral and material damages for what he has suffered since 2002.


The International DEFEND Committee is calling on all its adherents,
supporters and friends to celebrate the legal victory of Prof. Jose Maria
Sison in the European Court and at the same time to become more determined
than ever before in demanding that the Dutch government and Council of the
EU change their hostile policy towards him.

The Dutch government and the Council of the EU must   cease and desist from
being the vehicles of false charges and tools of persecution of the US and
Philippine governments against Prof. Jose Maria Sison.  He must be  allowed
and encouraged to act freely and fruitfully  as the chief political
consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in peace
negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.###

For reference please contact:

Ruth de Leon

International Coordinator-Committee DEFEND

Telephone:  00-31-30-8895306  

Email: defenddemrights at yahoo.com


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