Nagkasa ng candle-lighting protest ang mga kabataan para kagyat na magpanawagan ng hustisya para kay Zara Alvarez.
Kabataan Partylist strongly condemns the killing of Bacolod-based known activist, former political prisoner, and human rights defender, Zara Alvarez, hours after brutally slained peace consultant and peasant leader Ka Randy Echanis was laid to rest.
Zara Alvarez, 39, is KARAPATAN’s former campaign and education director and a paralegal in Negros. After her release as a political detainee for nearly two years, she continued to be a human rights worker and as research and advocacy officer of the Negros Island Health Integrated Program (NIHIP).
According to human rights group KARAPATAN, she was included as among those tagged as “terrorists” in proscription case of the Department of Justice filed in 2018 like Ka Randy Echanis; her name and that of many others were stricken off the list, but the threats against her by alleged State forces continued.
We extend our deepest condolences to her family and fellow rights’ workers. We vow to exact accountability and bring the perpetrators to justice! This murderous rampage against human rights’ defenders and peacebuilders must stop. The merciless killings, human rights violations, and the worsening climate of impunity under the Duterte administration must end. HUSTISYA PARA KAY ZARA ALVAREZ!###
Justice for Zara Alvarez!
Justice for all victims of extrajudicial killings!