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“Duterte degrades and threatens women”: Women testify at the International Tribunal

[Brussels, 19 September] Women’s voices were at the forefront in the two-day International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines. Testimonies from women human rights defenders and family members of political prisoners or victims of extrajudicial killings, demonstrate the impact of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies on women, and how they harken back to earlier repressive eras.  

Duterte regime using an old, dirty tactic as bomb threats plague Metro Manila universities days before Sept. 21 - Karapatan

Both Mapua University and the University of Sto. Tomas were on high alert after bomb threats sent via text messages circulated on social media on September 18 and September 19, respectively. The threats were allegedly sent by the New People’s Army (NPA), a matter vehemently denied by the group, even calling the bomb scare as “cowardly threats”.

Authorities who investigated the reports said that it was a false alarm in both cases.

Leaving the ICC, dismissing the IPT are acts of cowards evading accountability

“It takes very little to irk the President as mere mention of the words justice and accountability puts his entire government in the defensive. Sending his spokesperson who has reached “roque-bottom” after dropping any knowledge of human rights, justice, and accountability like hot pieces of potato to pursue his political ambitions, the Duterte regime is trying yet again to undermine the efforts of individuals and organizations, that of a global people’s court, to hold his government to account. The Duterte government can dismiss the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) all they want, but it will not stop us from speaking truth to power,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to Malacanang Spokesperson Harry Roque’s recent statement on the IPT.

Rights group to int’l tribunal: Duterte, Trump guilty of rights violations vs Filipinos

In her expert testimony at the opening of the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay called on the jurors of the global court to deliver a guilty verdict on the gross and blatant violations on the Filipino people’s civil and political rights of Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump. 

Rights group supports int’l tribunal on Duterte’s crimes vs Filipino people

On September 18-19, 2018, the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) will be convened in Brussels to try various cases of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights violations perpetrated by the Duterte government. The IPT is organized by the the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH), Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), IBON International, and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP). The IPT’s verdict will be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC), European Parliament, and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).


 

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