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From Martial Law to Today: Human Rights in the Philippines
Photo exhibition by Alex Felipe

The photo exhibition, From Martial Law to Today: Human Rights in the Philippines, marks the 40th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines. It featured images from the martial law period and modern times, from the point of view of human rights and democracy activists. The exhibit was created by photographer Alex Felipe (BAYAN-Canada, Toronto).

“The goal is to both educate about that period, and to show that government corruption and human rights abuses are still rampant,” said Felipe.

The exhibition was displayed in the Scott Library, York University in October 2012.

The exhibition was paired with a panel discussion titled “Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle”. was a panel discussion and photo exhibition organized by Philip Kelly (YCAR Director, Geography). The video of the event is viewable at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0q59GzMYlo.

In September 1972, democratic freedoms were suspended in the Philippines when President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. Tens of thousands of Filipinos were arrested and imprisoned. Although martial law was lifted in 1981, the struggle for human rights, democracy and development continues into the present. Even today, over 300 political detainees remain imprisoned and extra-judicial killings have been widespread.

The event was co-sponsored by the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School.

Copyright © 2012 by Alex Felipe, all rights reserved.

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