Support Rights Defenders in the Philippines

On February 21, 2018, more than 600 individuals are named in a petition to the Philippine Justice Department to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations. Peace consultant and long-time trade union activist Rafael Baylosis, including United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Karapatan Executive Committee member Elisa Tita Lubi, and several other rights defenders in the Philippines are included in this fake terrorist list.(See Urgent Appeal for Activists, Human Rights Defenders and Political Dissenters in the Philippines Tagged in Duterte's Terror List)

This petition, citing the Philippine Human Security Act of 2007, aims to suppress legitimate dissent and activism. This deplorable act attempts to intimidate, threaten, harass, target and criminalize persons and defenders who have been working for people’s rights and welfare, amid the deplorable human rights situation under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Help us raise funds for the legal defense and safety of the rights defenders included in the list.

We are also appealing to rights advocates, individuals and organizations from various countries to join us in the campaign to junk this petition and to stop labeling of activists, human rights defenders and patriots as “terrorists” in national and international forums.