DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON
The Government of The Netherlands
ILPS, AIPRF, FAIG
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DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON (Philippines)
THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT
Mr.Prime Minister of The Netherlands
Philippine Prof. Jose Maria Sison is living in the Netherlands as a recognized political refugee under the protection of the Refugee Convention and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Prof. Sison is the General Consultant of International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) and has been the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP). These negotiations have been facilitated by the Norwegian, Dutch and Belgian governments.
On 9 August 2002, the US State Department listed the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New Peoples Army (NPA) as foreign terrorist organizations, encouraging other governments to take action to isolate these terrorist organizations, to choke off their sources of financial support, and to prevent their movement across international borders. Since 12 August 2002, the US Treasury Department has listed Jose Maria Sison as a terrorist whose assets must be frozen.
Subsequently, the Dutch government has followed the bidding of the US by issuing the Sanctions ruling on terrorism 2002 III on 13 August 2002, criminalizing Jose Maria Sison as a terrorist without benefit of due process and subjecting him to punishment such as:
1. The freezing of his Postbank current account through which he receives social welfare payment to pay his bills.
2. The removal of all state subsidies for food, housing, health insurance and other necessities under a directive dated 10 September 2002 from the social welfare agency of Utrechts municipal government.
We, the undersigned, vow to help defend the rights of Prof. Jose Maria Sison.
We demand from the Dutch authorities:
the full respect for the protection of Jose Maria Sison as a recognized refugee under the relevant international conventions;
the grant of his residence permit in the Netherlands;
the immediate de-listing of his name and the unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Sanctieregeling terrorisme 2002 III
the immediate, unconditional and complete restoration of all the social benefits to which he is entitled as a political refugee (monthly allowance, insurance and housing benefits)
the refusal of any possible demand for his extradition.