Amal Clooney has brought to the United Nations Human Rights Council the plight of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Larry Gadon, a family friend and legal counsel to the Arroyos, said he and lawyer Modesto Ticman, Jr. supplied Alamuddin-Clooney with all the details of the case and held a teleconference with her on the matter. But he said the complaint, which was filed through the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, was prepared and written by Alamuddin-Clooney herself.
Amal Clooney said the government of the Philippines has violated several provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
She wants the UN to intervene in the immediate release of Arroyo, who is detained under charges of plunder over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.
At the very least, the international law expert said Arroyo must be given temporary release to be able to get medical treatment abroad.
Arroyo is under hospital arrest for a bone mineral disorder.
Amal Clooney cited Articles 9, 14, 19 and 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
She also wants a full investigation of the circumstances in which criminal proceedings were brought against Arroyo, as well as the circumstances behind her detention. Based on the results, appropriate measures should be slapped against those responsible for the violation of the former president’s rights, she said.
She is also seeking a public apology for the violations of Arroyo’s rights, adding that full and adequate compensation should also be accorded to the former president.
She also wants Arroyo to have unrestricted access to different means of communications such as a mobile phone, Internet, and laptop computer and that the Philippines to reform its laws on “non-bailable” offenses.
Amal Clooney is assisted in this case by barrister Katherine O’Byrne
“Assisting Amal Clooney, representing former President of the Philippines Gloria Arroyo, held in pre-conviction detention on electoral fraud charges for two years, in relation to her rights under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights”.
In 2011, President Benigno Aquino III’s government stopped former resident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo from boarding a Hong Kong-bound plane and leaving the country Tuesday night, despite a Supreme Court order allowing her to seek medical treatment abroad.
Amal Clooney visited last year Manila following a speaking engagement in Singapore and was apprised of the case of the former leader (pictures above).
Amal Clooney’s mother, Al-Hayat foreign editor Baria Alamuddin, is Pedrosa’s long-time friend whom she met in London where the columnist lived when she was in exile.
“By the time she (Alamuddin) was on her way to London she committed to help former President Arroyo by advising her on her rights under international law,” Pedrosa said.