Martial law survivors and families of survivors gathered on Wednesday (May 4) at the Heroes Monument in Quezon City to mourn the death of human rights activist Marie Hilao-Enriquez.
Amaryllis "Marie" Hilao-Enriquez, an icon in the human rights movement in the Philippines, died of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 68.
Enriquez, a martial law victim herself, served as one of the founders of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan, and later became Karapatan's chairperson in 2009.
As an activist under the organization, Enriquez worked for the release of political prisoners and the dismissal of charges against wrongfully detained individuals.
She campaigned for justice and reparations for victims of the martial law era during the administration of former president Ferdinand Marcos which lasted from 1972 to 1986.
Her efforts paved the way for the creation of the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded compensation to more than 11,000 victims of martial law.
Some attendees at the tribute to Enriquez were seen becoming emotional as they honored the human rights defender.
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