Norway, 15. November 2012
His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
Republic of the Philippines
Hon. Leila M. De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)
Padre Faura Street
Ermita, Manila, 1000
As a member of Norwegian PEN, I express serious concern about the prolonged detention without trial of poet, songwriter, journalist and activist Ericson Acosta.
Norwegian PEN seek your assurance that Ericson Acosta has access to all necessary medical care whilst detained.
We also call for his immediate and unconditional release if held solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression, as guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by the Philippines.
Confident that you, Your Excellencies, will take action accordingly, I remain
Chair, Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN
Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo, Norway. www.norskpen.no