After nearly seven years of unjust detention, former Senator Leila de Lima was finally released on November 13—a victory against the political attacks of the state to silence dissent.
But de Lima’s case is just a piece of the greater and worsening scope of political imprisonment.
To date, 778 ordinary citizens and activists continue to face incarceration under trumped-up criminal charges used to muffle the voices of dissent in the country.
The said figure is a manifestation of the state’s efforts to bring down those whose intentions are to advocate for human rights, as well as real and equitable changes towards a just and peaceful society.
No one should be imprisoned merely because of their political beliefs—no one who advocates against injustice should be a victim of it.
Free all political prisoners now!
Written by Godwin Pring
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