Int'l lawmakers call out human rights violations against de Lima, Trillanes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — A global group of parliaments said it was "resolved to send an official mission" to inquire into what it calls "political persecution" of Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.

In a statement released Sunday, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said, "In separate resolutions adopted at the end of the 139th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland last Oct. 18, the IPU expressed deep concerns over the human rights violations committed against De Lima and Trillanes."

In March, the IPU adopted a resolution reiterating its call to release de Lima immediately and drop all charges relating to her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade "unless serious evidence is rapidly forthcoming."

In its latest statement, the IPU said a follow-up visit to de Lima was needed as they remain concerned about the "public campaign of vilification by the highest state authorities" against  the senator.

The group also renewed the call for de Lima's release, and hoped the Senate will act in solidarity with her.

Meanwhile, the IPU raised concern over the issues surrounding Trillanes following the issuance of Proclamation Order No. 572 in August, which put into question the senator's amnesty.

The IPU said they are deeply concerned "Trillanes is facing renewed charges of rebellion, and possibly of mounting a coup d'état, with regard to the same incidents that occurred in 2003 and 2007, offences for which he, together with all others involved, was subsequently amnestied in 2011."

As a result, the groups said they are worried the senator may soon be arrested and the "sudden questioning" of his amnesty will "give serious weight to the allegation that this is a targeted attempt to silence" him.