27 September 2015

MESSAGE TO CANON BARRY NAYLOR ON HIS RETIREMENT DAY

On behalf of the Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP), we wish our Honorary President Canon Barry Naylor a retirement filled with happiness. You are the embodiment of a consistent, tireless and selfless servant to the communities and dioceses of England which you have been involved with for so many years and also a staunch advocate and true friend of the Filipino people.

Whilst you will be missed in St Andrews and in the Diocese of Leicester as the Parish Priest, we are heartened by the knowledge that you will never cease in your service to the community, particularly to the people of the Philippines, not least by being President of CHRP and Global President of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.

In 2005, he was one of the 85 foreign delegates from 16 countries who took part in the International Solidarity Mission (ISM) in the Philippines. He went to areas where the grossest human rights violations have taken place in order to meet with victims first-hand and gain a deeper understanding of the human rights situation in the country. The ISM findings were submitted for a trial at the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) in Quezon City.

Canon Barry was given the moniker “Ka Juror” for having been one of the jurors who found the regime of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines guilty of systematic violation of the rights of the Filipino people, with the support and full awareness of the government of then US President George W Bush. The IPT’s findings and verdict were submitted to the Permanent People’s Tribunal’s second session in The Hague, Netherlands in 2007.

Ever since, Canon Barry has never wavered in his commitment to forging solidarity with the Filipino people. In 2006, he co-founded the Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines, CHRP in the United Kingdom. In 2013, he was elected Global Chair of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines during the International Conference for Human Rights and Peace held in Quezon City, Philippines.

The CHRP, the Filipino migrant community in the UK and people’s organisations in the Philippines will always be deeply grateful for Ka Juror’s unwavering support.

 

Sa pagkakaisa,

 

Rafael Joseph Maramag
General Secretary, CHRP UK