Martial Law survivors pay tribute to activist Marie Hilao-Enriquez at Heroes Monument

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QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

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.

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This photo taken on February 22, 2016 shows Marie Hilao-Enriquez, (L), vice president of Selda, a group of people who were detained by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos' security forces, and Selda president Bonifacio Ilagan (R), a former student activist who was jailed without trial for two years during the dictatorship, as they attend a protest against the possible return of any Marcos to the presidential palace in Manila. The Philippines is this week celebrating 30 years of democracy, but thousands who suffered through the Marcos dictatorship tremble with anger at slow justice and the stunning political ascent of the late strongman's heir. President Benigno Aquino will on February 25 lead the commemoration of the
This photo taken on February 22, 2016 shows Marie Hilao-Enriquez, (L), vice president of Selda, a group of people who were detained by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos' security forces, and Selda president Bonifacio Ilagan at a protest against the possible return of any Marcos to the presidential palace in Manila. (Photo: NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Here are more photos from the tribute event:

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 04:  Martial law survivors and families of survivors gather at the Heroes Monument to mourn the death of a colleague human rights activist on May 4, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. Anti-Marcos and human rights activists gather to mourn the death of fellow martial law victim and human rights defender Marie Hilao Enriquez who recently died of natural causes. Enriquez served as the chairperson of the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan and campaigned for justice and repariations of Marcos' victims. Their efforts paved the way for the creation of  the Human Rights Claims Board that awarded more than 11,000 victims of martial law some compensation.  (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

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