In the Philippines, 400 political prisoners were released from a detention camp on Saturday (27 August).
In the Philippines, 400 political prisoners were released from a detention camp on Saturday (27 August). The move follows a promise to the eight world-law Conference by President Ferdinand Marcos last week.
SYNOPSIS: The four hundred detainees were released from Camp Bicutan just outside Manila. Detainees were required to sign a loyalty oath as a condition of release.
President Marcos told the World Law conference that he would begin a programme of selective amnesty for political prisoners. He said the Philippines would also hold local elections next year, the first since martial law was declared five years ago. Earlier this month, the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists accused President Marcos of maintaining martial law to perpetuate his own personal power. The Commission also accused the Philippines government of having detained 60,000 people since martial law began and said that some 4000 people were still being held. A military spokesman said more detainees would be released as the country moved towards normalisation.