Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

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The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is non-governmental organization that campaigns against human rights violations and abuses, assist political detainees and prisoners, and provides human rights education.



In 1974 the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) established the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) to assist political prisoners at a time when most progressive organizations were banned. Since then, the organization has provided legal, financial and moral support to political prisoners and their families by assisting them in their material needs, documenting their situations and working for their just trial and speedy release.

The organization also helped establish other human rights organizations like the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND), SELDA (an organization of ex-political detainees), KAPATID (an organization of families of political prisoners) and Mothers and Relatives Against Tyranny and Oppression (MARTYR). During the term of former president Corazon Aquino, it also helped establish a human rights alliance, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).

Basis of work

The organization's work is based on the standards established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on the Right to Development, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international human rights instruments.




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