Appeals for Action

Abduction, illegal arrest and detention and trumped-up charges against trade union organizer Marklen Maojo Maga

URGENT ALERT FOR ACTION

Abduction, illegal arrest and detention and trumped-up charges against trade union organizer Marklen Maojo Maga

February 23, 2018

Dear friends,

There is a need to sound the alarm on the frequency and arbitrariness of illegal arrests and detention perpetrated by State security forces in light of the escalating crackdown on activists and trade union and human rights defenders. 

Fascist policies such as the Duterte regime’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, the creation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA) on October 11, 2017, and the President’s recent threats of using draconian measures such as the anti-terror law to arrest leaders and members of legal organizations have contributed to an environment that puts the lives and security of human rights defenders, activists, and the Filipino people in general at greater risk. The legal system is increasingly used to jail members and leaders of local organizations on the basis of trumped-up charges. The spate of arrests intensified after Duterte’s pronouncements, with more violations on people’s civil and political rights blatantly perpetrated by the police and the military.

URGENT ALERT: Stop the Attacks on Women Human Rights Defenders in the Cordillera, Philippines

18 October 2017

URGENT ALERT: Stop the Attacks on Women Human Rights Defenders in the Cordillera, Philippines

We urgently seek your support against the waves of attacks against women activists in the Cordillera by the 7th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command. In the past three months, political persecution endangered the lives and security of women human rights defenders Sarah Abellon-Alikes, Sherry Mae Soledad, Joanne Villanueva, Rachel Mariano, Asia Isabella Gepte and Shirley Ann Angiwot.

Human rights activist, environmental advocate threatened and harassed by military agents

URGENT ALERT FOR ACTION:

Human rights activist, environmental advocate threatened and harassed by military agents

July 27, 2017

Dear friends, 

Two human rights defenders - Karapatan Secretary General Cristina “Tinay” Palabay and Ilocos environmental advocate Sherwin de Vera - have recently experienced threats, harassment and intimidation from suspected State security forces. 

On July 20, 2017, at around 10:20 p.m., Palabay received a call from a man who repeatedly asked her if she is “Tinay Palabay” and refused to tell her his name. He told Palabay that she should stop what she is doing because she is in the “list” of people whom they consider as “courageous,” and that he called because she is within his “AOR” (interpreted as “area of responsibility”). He accused Palabay of being involved in the alleged ambush of the Presidential Security Group by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao. Palabay denied knowledge and involvement in the reported incident, as she was in Manila leading the preparations for protest actions in time for the State of the Nation Address of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his extension of the martial law declaration in Mindanao. The unnamed caller told Palabay that she should stop whatever it is that she is doing because “times have changed” and “martial law is in place.” Palabay was also repeatedly asked on her whereabouts, and that she should be cautious because he will soon meet her.  

Community leaders, teachers of Lumad school in CARAGA harassed with trumped-up cases

Dear friends, 

Community leaders in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, and teachers of Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development, Inc. (ALCADEV) and Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) are facing trumped-up charges of child trafficking, concocted by the 75th Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army (IBPA) and the 402nd In fantry Brigade – Philippine Army. The leaders charged are all members of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), a regional organization of indigenous communities opposed to mining, militarization and other anti-people State policies. This case has shown how the military have sunk to deplorable maneuvers of using children against teachers and leaders. Time and again, the State has resorted to the criminalization of environment, land, and human rights activists who defend their communities.

URGENT APPEAL FOR INDIGENOUS POLITICAL PRISONER EDDIE CRUZ

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