UN bodies, int’l rights organizations decry Duterte government’s fake terrorist list

Aside from the statements of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and two UN special rapporteurs on the inclusion of the names of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and of human rights defenders in the Department of Justice petition proscribing the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations, statements of support and solidarity poured in from several other UN bodies and international human rights organizations decrying the Duterte administration’s fake terrorist list.

 

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment said “These charges must be dropped immediately, and support provided for the legitimate activities of these individuals who have UN mandates, and the civil society organizations with which they work…It is deeply concerning that authorities have routinely responded to the expressions of environmental and human rights defenders by criminalizing and delegitimizing their voices.” His full statement can be accessed through: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/statement/statement-response-allegations-terrorism-against-un-special-rapporteurs

 

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues decried the charges against indigenous human rights defenders as “unsubstantiated” and called on the Philippine government to uphold its obligations under international human rights instruments, including the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Their full statement here: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/03/2018.03.13-UNPFII-statement-Philippines-HRDs.pdf

 

International human rights organizations and people’s organizations from various countries have expressed support for the activists and human rights defenders in the said fake terror list.

 

The Women’s Major Group, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Gabriela-New York and Innabuyog led a protest action at the Philippine Consulate in New York City on March 16, 2018 to express support for women human rights defenders in the list.

 

Among the organizations that released statements of support are:

 

Amnesty International

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/ASA3580682018ENGLISH.PDF

 

Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation

https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/media-releases/3099-philippines-indigenous-rights-activists-at-risk-after-being-tagged-as-terrorists

 

Front Line Defenders

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/philippines-front-line-defenders-condemns-inclusion-human-rights-defenders-%E2%80%98terror

 

Protection International

https://www.protectioninternational.org/en/node/1664

 

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

http://apwld.org/statement-women-human-rights-defenders-are-not-terrorists/

 

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact

http://iphrdefenders.net/philippines-end-the-abuse-of-power-and-violence-to-human-rights-defenders/

 

Pesticide Action Network - Asia Pacific

http://panap.net/2018/03/panap-statement-on-the-terror-listing-of-land-and-indigenous-peoples-rights-advocates-in-the-philippines/

 

Forum Asia

https://www.forum-asia.org/uploads/wp/2018/03/Statement-on-Philippines-withdrawal-from-ICC-and-Rome-Statute.pdf

 

International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

https://www.facebook.com/ICHRPhilippines/posts/1350607198374119

 

Ibon International

http://www.iboninternational.org/statement/stop-duterte-admin-crackdown-rights-defenders

 

CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness Working Group on Conflict and Fragility

https://www.facebook.com/IPMSDL/posts/805284756349388

 

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD) 

http://www.unredd.net/announcements-and-news/2805-special-statement-un-redd-programme.html

 

International Union for Conservation of Nature

https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201803/iucn-dismayed-philippines-seeks-declare-un-special-rapporteur-%E2%80%98terrorist%E2%80%99

 

Cultural Survival

https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/cultural-survival-stands-solidarity-victoria-tauli-corpuz-and-joan-carling-wake-unfounded

 

Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago –Indonesia http://www.aman.or.id/statement-of-concern-on-the-increasing-harassment-and-intimidation-of-indigenous-peoples-leaders-and-human-rights-defenders-in-the-philippines/

 

Friends of the Earth International 

http://www.foei.org/news/philippine-tagging-criminalizing-human-rights-defenders

 

Bayan-USA

http://bayanusa.org/

 

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

https://m.facebook.com/notes/seventh-generation-fund-for-indigenous-peoples/indigenous-peoples-are-the-first-responders-and-frontline-protectors-of-the-eart/10155951937470196/

 

Federation for Indigenous Peoples Self-Determination (FAPI)

http://www.fapi.org.py/organizaciones-internacionales-rechazan-acusacion-del-gobierno-de-filipinas-contra-defensores-de-derechos-humanos/

 

Slow Food

https://www.slowfood.com/slow-food-stands-in-solidarity-with-indigenous-peoples-in-the-philippines/

 

Land is Life

https://mailchi.mp/e0223cc8223f/land-is-life-denounces-the-terrorist-tagging-of-indigenous-rights-defenders-in-the-philippines?e=79a2fb5e7c

 

People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty of Latin America

https://www.facebook.com/IPMSDL/posts/806950999516097

 

Association Pour L'integration et le development durable au Burundi

https://www.facebook.com/IPMSDL/photos/a.157906567753880.1073741826.151633228381214/807924656085398/?type=3&theater

 

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

https://www.facebook.com/IPMSDL/photos/a.157906567753880.1073741826.151633228381214/807470686130795/?type=3&theater

 

Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Policies

https://www.facebook.com/atipp.tw/photos/a.1489739024633392.1073741829.1482199082054053/2018240348449921/?type=3&theater

 

Center for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples - Nicaragua

https://www.facebook.com/cadpi.info/photos/a.348585161990737.1073741828.348247432024510/920476214801626/?type=3&theater

 

 

 

 

Photos by Women’s Major Group and WEDO on the March 16 protest action in front of the Philippine Consulate in New York City. Joan Carling, one of the women activists whose name was included in the list, spoke during the event.

 

Photos by Women’s Major Group and WEDO on the March 16 protest action in front of the Philippine Consulate in New York City. Joan Carling, one of the women activists whose name was included in the list, spoke during the event.