Appeals for Action

STOP THE ATTACKS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS!

STOP THE ATTACKS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS!

Dear friends,

We would like to seek your help and support to demand from the Duterte government to put a halt to the series of vilification and smear campaigns against Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Ibon Foundation, alternative learning centers for indigenous children in Mindanao, and other people’s organizations, under its counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan (Operational Plan Peace). The latest of said campaigns are government-instigated activities under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 issued last December 4, 2018, which created a “National Task Force (NTF) to end local communist armed conflict.”

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.

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