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Indigenous, peasant activists in Northern Mindanao charged with trumped up anti-terror case

Indigenous, peasant activists in Northern Mindanao charged with
trumped up anti-terror case
Dear friends,
The Duterte government stepped up its attacks against activists and dissenters. In Mindanao, in two separate but related incidents, leaders and members of a local farmers' group and an indigenous organization were illegally arrested and spuriously charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, rebellion, and violations under the Human Security Act (HSA) or the Anti-Terror Law.

The Human Security Act, or RA 9372, is the Philippines’s answer to the anti-terror backlash over the September 11, 2001 attack at the World Trade Center in New York. This law was passed in 2007 amid criticisms on its possible dire impacts on the civil and political rights of Filipino citizens and its use against those critical of the government. One of the major views levelled against the anti-terror law was its weak and vague definition of “terrorism,” which may encompass legitimate redress of grievances like union strikes, public rallies and the like. Also, a suspected “terrorist” may be arrested without a warrant, and detained indefinitely without charges. His assets may be frozen and, when convicted, may be incarcerated for 40 years without parole.

Political activist illegally arrested after GRP’s “cancellation” of peacetalks with the NDFP

Dear friends,

After President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the formal peace talks of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on February 3 and with the military’s declaration of all-out war on February 5, 2017, attacks on activists, political dissenters, indigenous peoples and ordinary civilians have intensified.

Four activists killed this January 2017, two are Lumad leader-advocates for defense of ancestral lands

Dear friends,

IP School in Sultan Kudarat red-tagged, teachers threatened with arrest

Dear Friends,

Four KMP farmers involved in land dispute in Bulacan arrested and falsely charged with drugs

Dear Friends,

Frustrated Killing, violent dispersal of protesting national minorities

As of October 23, 2016

Violation/s : Frustrated killing, Illegal arrests, Physical Assault and/or Injuries, Violent Dispersal of Mass Actions, Public Assemblies and Gatherings, Violation of the Rights of Medical Personnel

Peasant leader and anti-mining activist killed in Compostela

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Four farmers in Fort Magsaysay massacred, two injured

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Paramilitary Rampage in Bukidnon kills Pregnant Woman, wounds 5 children and 2 others

Dear Friends,

Morning of July 30, 2016, a community of Tigwahanon tribe in Sitio Tibuwagan, Barangay Kawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon was strafed by eleven (11) elements of the 8th Infantry Battalion- Philippine Army (IBPA) and Alde ‘Butsoy’ Salusad, leader of the paramilitary group New Indigenous People’s Army for Reform (NIPAR). The residents were at a wedding when Salusad and his companions indiscriminately fired at them.  After the incident, all residents of Sitio Tibugawan and nearby communities were forced to evacuate and sought sanctuary in Brgy. Kawayan. 

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