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A week after Duterte’s martial law proclamation in Mindanao: Initial Timeline of Human Rights Violations* (2nd Update)

Dear friends,

On May 23, 2017, at around 10pm, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the whole of Mindanao and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. A week later, attacks against persons and communities have continued to worsen. The onslaught of military operations perpetuated by the continued implementation of US- driven counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan was further legitimized by Duterte’s martial rule. This has only aggravated the human rights situation in Mindanao and authorized the continued curtailment of people’s civil and political rights. The period after the martial law pronouncement saw the arrest of members and leaders of progressive organizations and the targeting of civilians in lieu of deceiving buzzwords such as “security’.” We call for vigilance as Duterte accords the infamous rights violators Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police  (PNP) more powers that can further undermine civilian processes and suppress people’s rights.

A week after Duterte’s martial law proclamation in Mindanao Initial Timeline of Human Rights Violations*

Dear friends,

On May 23, 2017, at around 10pm, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the whole of Mindanao and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. A  week later, attacks against persons and communities have continued to worsen. The onslaught of military operations perpetuated by the continued implementation of US-driven counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan was further legitimized by Duterte’s martial rule. This has only aggravated the human rights situation in Mindanao and authorized the continued curtailment of people’s civil and political rights. The period after the martial law pronouncement saw the arrest of members and leaders of progressive organizations and the targeting of civilians in lieu of deceiving buzzwords such as “security’.” We call for vigilance as Duterte accords the infamous rights violators Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police  (PNP) more powers that can further undermine civilian processes and suppress people’s rights.

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.

Four activists killed this January 2017, two are Lumad leader-advocates for defense of ancestral lands

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IP School in Sultan Kudarat red-tagged, teachers threatened with arrest

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Four KMP farmers involved in land dispute in Bulacan arrested and falsely charged with drugs

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Frustrated Killing, violent dispersal of protesting national minorities

As of October 23, 2016

I. CASE PROFILE
Violation/s : Frustrated killing, Illegal arrests, Physical Assault and/or Injuries, Violent Dispersal of Mass Actions, Public Assemblies and Gatherings, Violation of the Rights of Medical Personnel

Peasant leader and anti-mining activist killed in Compostela

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Four farmers in Fort Magsaysay massacred, two injured

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