Appeals for Action

URGENT APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY AND ACTION ON THE THREATS AND INTIMIDATION AGAINST WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS KATHERINE PANGUBAN

Dear friends and colleagues,

In the aftermath of the massacre of nine individuals in Sagay, Negros Occidental, and the killing of Atty. Benjamin Ramos of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyer (NUPL) in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, women human rights defenders are facing increased threats and harassment presumably because of their assistance to the relatives of the massacre victims and their human rights work. 

URGENT APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY AND ACTION: 9 farm workers massacred, their lawyer murdered

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

Interests backed by government arsenal ravaged the Negros region in the past weeks. The entire country woke up to the news of the massacre of nine (9) individuals, eight of them sugar workers and two are minors, in Sagay City, Negros Occidental on October 20, 2018. The issue was muddled with government pronouncements to mislead the public from getting to the root cause of the problem – landlessness and the dire situation of peasants in the Philippines. To further aggravate the situation, those who openly supported the relatives of the victims were subjected to threats and intimidation, even murder. On November 6, 2018, Atty. Benjamin Ramos, Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) chapter in Negros and one of the legal counsels of the murdered peasants, was gunned down while on his way home. As of this writing, members of organizations such as Karapatan, National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), among others, continue to be threatened and harassed by State forces of the Duterte regime and by Duterte himself. The climate of impunity is very much alive in the country, preserved by the Duterte regime and those with big business interests who have much to gain from the intensifying repression of the poor and exploited sectors.

9 farm workers massacred, their lawyer murdered

Dear friends and colleagues, 

Interests backed by government arsenal ravaged the Negros region in the past weeks. The entire country woke up to the news of the massacre of nine (9) sugarcane workers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental on October 20, 2018. The issue was muddled with government pronouncements to mislead the public from getting to the root cause of the problem – landlessness and the dire situation of peasants in the Philippines. To further aggravate the situation, those who openly supported the relatives of the victims were subjected to threats and intimidation, even murder. On November 6, 2018, Atty. Benjamin Ramos, Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) chapter in Negros and one of the legal counsels of the murdered peasants, was gunned down while on his way home.  As of this writing, members of organizations such as Karapatan, National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), among others, continue to be threatened and harassed by State forces of the Duterte regime and by Duterte himself. The climate of impunity is very much alive in the country, preserved by the Duterte regime and those with big business interests who have much to gain from the intensifying repression of the poor and exploited sectors.
 
Though it is with both grief and rage that we inform you of these incidents, we ask you to join us to demand an end to these attacks against the Filipino people. Stand with us in solidarity as we show the monsters behind these killings that impunity is not forever. We will not be silenced nor cowed. We will not waver in our struggle for people’s rights and for genuine freedom and democracy. We remain resolute in our commitment to exact accountability from the perpetrators and bring justice to the victims. 
 

Alarming Wave of Harassment Against Activists, Church Workers, Schools, Artists this October

Dear friends and colleagues,

This October 2018, the Duterte regime has stepped up its attacks against human rights defenders, wrongly tagging them once again as “terrorists” and circulating malicious accusations against activists, both online and offline. In the context of the intensifying human and people’s rights violations committed with impunity in the Philippines, we urgently seek your support in yet another wave of attacks against Filipino activists and church workers who work with poor communities in the country, as well as schools and artists who uphold academic freedom and freedom of expression.

Prior to this alarming spike in harassment incidents, the military was already floating the idea of a “destabilization plot”, sans the infamous “Red October” name. The September 21 protest in Luneta was met with the same accusations. However, following the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of martial law which culminated in a series of peaceful protests, contrary to the pernicious shadow that the military is trying to cast the protests in, State forces have again refocused  their relentless attacks against various sectors.

Karapatan has noted a series of harassment and intimidation efforts against rights defenders, ranging from surveillance of activists, to illegal arrests and enforced disappearances. It is notable that these activists and church workers are members of progressive organizations and church-based institutions, repeatedly red-tagged by the Duterte regime. The spike in attacks are a compounded result of the government’s peddling of its fictitious destabilization plot hilariously dubbed as “Red October,” the military and police’s collaboration through the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA), and the regime’s counterinsurgency program.

Urgent Appeal for Action on the Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Human Rights Defenders

Urgent Appeal for Action on the Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
of Human Rights Defenders

 

 

Dear friends,

 

Please join us in calling for immediate release of human rights defenders Juan Alexander Reyes, a trade union organizer, and women’s rights activist Nenita de Castro. Reyes and de Castro are among the members of progressive organizations who were arbitrarily arrested and detained for trumped-up charges by state security forces after they were wrongly accused as members of New-People’s Army.

Urgent Appeal for Action on the Forced Evacuation of Indigenous People in Misamis Oriental and Quezon Province, Philippines

Urgent Appeal for Action on the Forced Evacuation of Indigenous People

in Misamis Oriental and Quezon Province, Philippines

 

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

Greetings of solidarity!

 

Communities of indigenous people in Misamis Oriental and Quezon Province in the Philippines are now subjects of intensified militarization, with their homes occupied by soldiers. They have resorted to mass evacuations in fear for their lives at the hands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Urgent Appeal for Solidarity and Action for 71-year old Australian missionary and human rights defender to be deported

April 25, 2018

Urgent Appeal for Solidarity and Action for 71-year old Australian missionary and human rights defender to be deported after detention by the Philippine government

Dear friends and colleagues,

Warmest greetings of solidarity! 

The number of human rights violations by the Philippine government rockets at an alarming rate. Thousands have been killed by a heartless war on drugs, and hundreds more have been murdered, harassed, displaced, and illegally arrested by imperialist-backed counter-insurgency operations—all of them civilians. The culture of impunity fostered by the previous regimes has not only been inherited but patently aggravated by the fascist Duterte regime.
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Urgent Appeal for Action: Surface NDF consultant Lora T. Manipis and Jeruel Domingo!

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

Urgent Appeal for Solidarity and Action for Filipino Moro human rights activist tortured and detained in the US

Urgent Appeal for Solidarity and Action for Filipino Moro human rights activist tortured and detained in the US

 

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

In the context of the intensifying human and people’s rights violations committed with impunity in the Philippines and in the US, we enjoin your support and solidarity for Jerome Succor Aba, a Filipino citizen and a Moro human rights activist who experienced Guantanamo-style “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the hands of the US government. We demand justice for Aba and we call on the Philippine government to protest the cruel and inhumane treatment of a Filipino citizen by US authorities. 

 

UA Date                                 :           April 22, 2018

UA Case                                 :           Physical and Psychological Torture

   Arbitrary Arrest and Detention

   Violation of the Rights of Arrested or Detained

   Persons – of Miranda rights, of right to freely

communicate, of right to counsel, incommunicado,

inhumane, cruel or degrading treatment

   Violation of the Rights to Freedom of Association

   Violation of the Rights to Liberty of Movement

Victim                                     :           Jerome Succor Aba, 25

   Chairperson, Suara Bangsamoro

   Co-Chairperson, Sandugo Movement of Moro and

       Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination

Place of incident                    :           San Francisco International Airport, USA

Dates of incident                   :            April 17-19, 2018

Alleged perpetrator/s           :             Officers of the US Department of Homeland Security and

  US Customs and Border Protection

 

jerome 

 

Urgent Appeal for Activists, Human Rights Defenders and Political Dissenters in the Philippines Tagged in Duterte's Terror List

Dear friends and colleagues,

In the context of the intensifying human and people’s rights violations committed with impunity in the Philippines, we urgently seek your support in yet another wave of attack against critics of the anti-people policies and acts of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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