Campaign on the Defense of Rights Defenders in the Philippines

AIPP Statement: Philippines: End the Abuse of Power and Violence to Human Rights Defenders

**Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact’s Call to Repeal the Petition Declaring the former Secretary-General of AIPP, Joan Carling, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz-Tauli, and other indigenous leaders and human rights defenders as Terrorists and Outlaws

 

On 21 February 2018, the Department of Justice filed a petition to the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Region in Manila City declaring around 600 individuals, many of them human rights defenders and political activists, as terrorists and outlawed organisations, associations and/or group of persons.1 

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a regional organisation of 48 indigenous peoples organisations and movements in 14 countries in Asia, strongly condemns these accusations of the Philippine government to the former Secretary-General of AIPP, Joan Carling, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz-Tauli,  and  many other indigenous  leaders and  human  rights defenders.   Other  indigenous leaders and human rights defenders included in the list are Windel Bolinget, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) chairperson, Joanna Cariño, SANDUGO co-chairperson, Jose Molintas, former member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), Beverly Longid, global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Datu Mandayhon of the Talaandig people, Datu Mampadayag of the Banwaon people, and leaders of Pigyayungaan, Loloy Adie and Mamerto Guaynon.2

EANP Letter to Congress on Duterte Terrorist List

We of the Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines (EANP) are deeply troubled by the “terrorist list” of 600 individuals recently issued by President Duterte. It includes human rights defenders, Catholic priests, drug war dissenters, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, herself an advocate for the rights of Philippine indig- enous people. This action by the Duterte Administration puts at risk the lives of those on the list, they have been tagged by the Philippine Government as “communist rebels”. In support of this action, the Philippine Department of Justice submitted the list to a Manila court for processing of arrest warrants and filing of cases. By doing so, dissent and defense of human rights have been criminalized and are now life-threatening commitments.

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues stands by indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expresses its grave concerns about the Philippine government’s accusation against indigenous human rights defenders as terrorist group affiliates. The indigenous human rights defenders include, among others, Victoria Tauli- Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Joan Carling, former member of the Permanent Forum and Jose Molintas, former member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are informed that a petition has been filed by the State Prosecutor of the Department of Justice, which seeks to declare the indigenous human rights defenders among more than 600 individuals as “terrorist and outlawed organizations and/or group of persons” under the National Security Act of 2007 of the Philippines. We believe that the charges against the indigenous human rights defenders are unsubstantiated, and that they are being targeted for their advocacy and efforts to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. We find this unacceptable in a country that is based on principles of democracy and good governance.

We call on the Philippine Government to immediately remove the names of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Joan Carling, Jose Molintas and other indigenous human rights defenders from the list, and to ensure their physical safety. We urge the Government to uphold its obligations under international human rights instruments and its duty to guarantee the right to promote and to strive for the realization of human rights under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

Letter of Radio LoRa (Zurich) to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

Zurich, March 12, 2018


H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
op@president.gov.ph

 

Dear Mr President,

We write this letter to express our deep concern on the recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names of more than 600 individuals in a Justice Department petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations.

Several of the individuals named are well known to our radio stations, as had the privilege to interview them on the political and human rights situation in the Philippines and on the valuable and wonderful work they themselves and their organisations are doing to improve people’s situation, fight for womens rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and fight poverty and injustice in the Philippines.

Central Committee of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) Condemn the Terror Tagging of Hundreds of Filipino People

CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF ALIANSI GERAKAN REFORMA AGRARIA (AGRA) CONDEMN THE TERRORS TAGGING HUNDREDS OF PHILIPPINES PEOPLE BY THE FASCIST REGIME DUTERTE 

On February 21st, a petition was filed by State Attorney General Peter Ong with a trial trial in Manila and only announced last week that lists 461 names and 188 other names the government wants to declare a "terrorist." The list of terror targets peasant leaders, trade unions, youth, women, local activists and civil society at large who continue to fight for the sovereignty, social justice, democracy and rights of the Filipino people. 

Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) considers that the list of terror is a major threat to the safety and security of the broad Filipinos, considering Duterte's bloody of extra- judicial killing (EJKs) in which thousands have been killed since he served as President. With various security policies enforced, Duterte effectively legitimizes the military and police to arrest, detain, kidnap or even killed the people who registered in their "Terrorist" list without legal process. 

AMAN: Stament of Concern on the Increasing Harassment and Intimidation of Indigenous People's Leaders and Human Rights Defenders

STATEMENT OF CONCERN ON THE INCREASING HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ LEADERS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN THE PHILIPPINES 

The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN), representing more then 2000 indigenous   communities   throughout   Indonesia,   condemns   the   recent   action   taken   by   the Philippines Government to criminalize leaders of the Philippines Indigenous Peoples movement as well as indigenous leaders working in the international arena.   

Latest,  a petition  filed  in court  by the Philippine  State  Prosecutor  of the Department  of Justice (DOJ), seek to have a number of indigenous peoples’ leaders and human rights defenders declared as terrorist and outlaws pursuant to the National Security Act of 2007. 

AMMS & CTPF: Statement of Concern on the Increasing Harassment & Intimidation of Indigenous Peoples' Leaders & Rights Defenders

STATEMENT OF CONCERN ON THE INCREASING HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ LEADERS AND HUMAN RIGHT DEFENDERS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Adivasi Mahila Maha Sangh( AMMS) and Chhattisgarh Tribal People’s Forum( CTPF), Chhattisgarh, India strongly condemn the recent action taken by the Government of Philippines to criminalize the leaders of the Philippines Indigenous Peoples Movement as well as indigenous leaders working in the international arena.

Statement of Amnesty International

Index: ASA 35/8068/2018

15 March 2018

Philippines: Onslaught against human rights defenders must end


The Philippine government must immediately halt its latest wave of dangerous attacks on human rights defenders and international institutions, Amnesty International said today. Human rights defenders - among them two UN human rights experts - must be guaranteed protection in the country and be allowed to carry out their work freely.

On 21 February 2018, the Department of Justice filed a petition to the Manila Regional Trial Court against over 650 individuals, seeking to designate them as “terrorists” under  the Human Security Act of 2007 (Republic Act 9372), also known as the anti-terrorism law. Among those listed are human rights defenders including the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national. The Special Rapporteur had recently spoken out against the government, criticizing the displacement of Indigenous Peoples during military operations in the south of the country.

Letter of Concern of Action Solidarite Tiers Monde (Action for Third World Solidarity)

Luxembourg, 20th March 2018

Object: Humans Rights violations in the Philippines

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic Malacaiiang Palace,
JP Laurel St.,San Miguel
Manila Philippines

Dear Mr. President:

Action Solidarite Tiers Monde (Action for Third World Solidarity), a Luxembourg NGO with several partner organisations in the Philippines,wishes to express its deep concern with regard to recent developments in the country in the field of human rights. We are particularly disturbed about the inclusion of the names of some 600 individuals,many of them human rights defenders,in a petition filed by the Department of Justice on February 212018 to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA) terrorist organisations under Republic Act 9372 (Human Security Act of 2007). Naming these individuals as supposed leaders or members of the CPP­ NPA gravely endangers the lives and safety of those individuals as well as that of their families and fellow activists.

Letter of Concern of Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)

13th March, 2018

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451
Via Email:    op@president.gov.ph

 

Dear Mr President,

Re: Cancel the Justice Department Petition to proscribe the CPP and NPA

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) is writing this letter to express our concern on the recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names of more than 600 individuals in a Justice Department petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. Such listing endangers the lives and security of these individuals, as well as that of their families and fellow activists.