Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) is an organization of political prisoners and former political detainees that was founded in December of 1984. KARAPATAN was founded by its member organizations in 1995. It is an alliance of individuals, groups and organizations working to protect human rights in Philippines. Its members have been at the forefront of the struggle since Martial Law.

Both groups document and monitor human rights violations in the Philippines — particularly in the context of the government’s campaigns against the Communist insurgency and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Martial Law Materials Available
SELDA assisted Martial Law survivors who filed for recognition under R.A. 10368. This included providing fact sheets on human rights violations during the 1980s. Both groups also handle the files of Desaparacidos, including personal records (accounts, testimonies, fact sheets and photographs), newspapers during Martial Law, letters and other materials.

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Secretary-General: Cristina Palabay
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Phone Number: +63 270908183