Quezon City, Philippines -Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFD), a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) capped its 40th anniversary celebration with the First Sister Mariani Dimaranan, SFIC Human Rights Defenders Awards at University of the Philippines, Quezon City, on Tuesday (Feb. 24).
“Through the years, TFDP has worked with numerous persons and institutions that helped the organization in advancing the cause of human rights in the Philippines. As TFDP celebrates its 40th year, it wants to pay tribute to some of the individuals and organizations who have been part of TFDP in its beginning years,” Order of Carmelites Father Christian Buenafe, TFDP co-chairperson, said during the awards ceremony.
* Religious of the Good Shepherd Sister Rosario Battung,
* Lor Abrazado of Task Force Detainees
* Retired Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen of Infanta, former chairman of Office of Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences
* Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag)
* National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP NASSA)
These people and institutions have dedicated “a substantial part” of their lives to human rights promotion, protection and defense, organizers explained in their announcement sent to Catholic in Asia. Awardees have shown selflessness, outstanding leadership and unfaltering commitment in furthering the cause of human rights.
Their efforts have provided significant contribution to the promotion and defense of human rights and their pioneering endeavors have helped in the progressive realization of human rights, the TFD awards announcement added.
The event – rescheduled from December – also opened the organization’s 17th National Convention.
See posters of human rights defenders on TFD’s Facebook account.