International Day of Action
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Warm greetings of solidarity!
Through its judgment of 30 September 2009, the European Court
has annulled the inclusion of the name of Prof. Jose Maria Sison from
the terrorist listing and has unfrozen his small bank account. The
judgment has become final and executory since 10 December 2009.
Unfortunately, current indications, based on the answers of Dutch
ministers last 10 December 2009 to parliamentary questions, show
that the Dutch government intends to continue the unjust and severe
sanctions against Prof. Sison and make empty and useless the 30
September judgment of the European Court.
Thus, the legal and political struggle for the fundamental rights,
normalized residence and social benefits of Prof. Sison continues.
The International Committee DEFEND has marked 26 March 2010
as an International Day of Action in support of Prof. Sison. Committee
DEFEND is calling on the different DEFEND Committees worldwide,
supporters and those who uphold civil liberties and human rights to
hold pickets in front of Dutch embassies and consulates on this day
to demand the end to his persecution and the granting of residence
permit and other benefits due him.
We are also requesting you to sign the campaign petitions online at:
http://www.josemariasison.org/ (this carries articles related to the petition)
Please let us know of any actions you plan to take so we can announce
it to our listserve and networks and post this on the websites.
Thank you for your continuing solidarity and support.
International Committee DEFEND