Young artists hold concert for your rights
YOUNG artists led by Kabataang Artista Para sa Tunay na Kalayaan or Karatula will hold a concert tonight entitled Agit Night for Human Rights at Headstock bar in Marikina.
Karatula Vice Chairperson Jay Del Rosario said that “this concert is about awareness for both performers and the audience, we need to be reminded of the significance of this day. Though we ourselves still recognize the need for collective action in many venues, this concert is just one of them.”
He added that “It is appalling to see the numbers the country has on human rights, and it is getting worse. 129 extra judicial killings under Aquino’s term alone, and he is only halfway through!”
Human rights group Karapatan had already released their latest data citing that there had also been 12 cases of enforced disappearances, 72 of torture, 467 illegal arrests among others.
“Artists just need a venue to express themselves, but we are all disgusted at how the administration has handled the human rights situation. Promoting Brig. Gen. Eduardo Ano when his integrity and record is still in question for human rights violations shows the disregard for the issue as a whole by the administration” explained Del Rosario.
“It doesn’t end here tonight, the streets are also good canvasses and it is a stage where artists can generate awareness and participation as well. That is freedom of expression, and while civil liberties are also threatened by the impending lifting of the Cybercrime Law TRO, artists need to do more to stop these,” Del Rosario said.