LILAK lauds the acquittal of political prisoner and Woman Human Rights Defender Leila de Lima on one of two remaining charges filed against her. The acquittal of Sen. Leila proves her innocence from the made-up and fabricated cases.
In 2022, witnesses have already retracted their statements and admitted that they were threatened to stand against Sen. Leila.
The accusations against Sen. Leila are nothing but lies aimed at destroying her reputation as a human rights defender. Six years of detention is unjust, and her release has been long overdue. While real perpetrators and human rights violators are walking scratch free without accountability.
LILAK, together with indigenous women human rights defenders, demands the immediate and unconditional release of Leila de Lima. We call on the authorities to junk all the fabricated cases filed against her. We also call on to the current administration to release other women political prisoners persecuted because of their political beliefs. We urge the Philippine government to respect, protect, and recognize everyone’s right to speak critically against violence, injustice, and impunity.