Philippines: Release 'red-tagged' journalist and activists and drop fabricated charges against them
Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the continued detention of journalist Lady Ann Salem and six other activists following separate raids in Metro Manila on 10 December. The organisation believes her arrest and detention form part of a well-established pattern of Philippine authorities using false allegations to punish and silence activists. Amnesty International is calling on the government to release Salem and the other activists targeted because of their human rights work, and to drop the charges against them. The organization also calls for prompt, impartial, and effective investigations into allegations that weapons found in the possession of Salem and the other activists were planted.