March, 2018

Yoonu Askan Wi: Communique: A Propos Des Derives Criminelles Du President Duterte De Philippines

Depuis quelques temps, la situation aux Philippines connait un regain de violences criminelles aux conséquences  incalculables.  Le  président  de  ce  pays,  Duterte,  en  butte  aux  critiques  de  la communauté internationale pour le massacre de milliers de personnes accusées de trafic de drogue, et acculé par la résistance de plus en plus forte du peuple philippin contre ses politiques d’injustices sociales et de terreur, a choisi de s’enfoncer dans la voie de la tyrannie, voire du fascisme.

Letter of Concern of Indigenous Peoples Organisation-Australia (IPO)

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP 
Prime Minister 15 March 2018 
Parliament House 
CANBERRA ACT 2600 
Dear Prime Minister Turnbull, 

The Indigenous Peoples Organisation-Australia (IPO) is a national coalition of 250 Aboriginal organisations and individuals committed to advocating for the rights of Indigenous people, both nationally and through the use of international mechanisms.

The IPO is gravely concerned about the threat to the well-being of Vicky Tauli Corpus, the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, and the other Indigenous people recently ruled as terrorists under the Philippines National Security Act 2007 at the direction of the Duterte government. The Duterte government has shown it has the capacity to kill with impunity over recent months. This court ruling is deeply troubling in two key respects: 

  1. Indigenous human rights defenders are not terrorists and the designation of ëterroristí to human rights advocates sets a dangerous precedent. 
  2. The recent history and high number of extrajudicial killings is alarming and this targeting of Indigenous people represents a substantial threat to the well-being of the Special Rapporteur of Indigenous People, Indigenous human rights defenders and the members of the Indigenous organisations listed as terrorists. 

ADN Press Statement on the Terrorist Labeling of PH Indigenous Rights Defenders

TERRORIST LABELING OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND UN REPRESENTATIVE SHOWS INAUSPICIOUS STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Seoul, 15 March 2018. The Asia Democracy Network expresses deep regret over the decision by the Philippine government declaring over 600 individuals including indigenous rights groups and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, as “terrorist”. Such a move poses a direct attack on human rights organizations and undermines international institutions.

Forum-Asia: Withdrawal from the ICC/Rome Statute another attempt to perpetuate impunity for human rights violations in the PH

The Philippines: Withdrawal from the ICC/Rome Statute another attempt to perpetuate impunity for human rights violations in the country

(Bangkok, 15 March 2018) – In the past one and a half years, blatant rejection and undermining of human rights have been the message conveyed by President Durterte’s administration. This anti‐human rights rhetoric has resulted in the increase of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, environmental activists, and political dissenters. His recent claim to withdraw from the Rome Statute and the publishing of a list of 600 supposed ‘terrorist’ fit smoothly in his systematic attack on human rights and human rights defenders.

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) calls on the international community, notably Governments and the United Nations (UN), to intensify to the pressure to hold Durterte’s administration accountable and put an end to the human rights violations. We call on the UN Human Rights Council to hold the Philippines accountable to standards expected of Council members, and urge the Council to call for the suspension of the Philippines’ membership over failure to uphold these standards. While we welcome the preliminary examination of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the ‘war on drugs’, we additionally urge the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an international, independent investigation on the matter.1

On the DOJ dismissal of drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and 20 others

Karapatan called the Department of Justice’s resolution to drop drug trafficking charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa a “travesty” and “an indication of the department’s lack of credibility, integrity and basic common sense.” 

Espinosa, in a series of Senate hearings and while under oath, admitted to earning PhP50 million yearly in illegal drug trade and maintaining an illegal drug business. In a 14-page resolution, State prosecutors also dismissed drug charges against businessman Peter Lim and 20 others for “uncorroborated statements” and “lack of evidence”.

Duterte’s fake terror list includes names of dead persons, desaparecidos

Karapatan, after close scrutiny of the proscription petition, revealed that there are 8 names of individuals already deceased and 2 desaparecidos that were included in the petition. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said that “this is indicative of how ludicrous and dubious Duterte’s fake terror list is. The level of callousness from the Duterte regime is unprecedented!”

MOSOP: Statement of Solidarity

On  behalf of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), I write to express  our  solidarity  and support  to the Global  Coord inator  of  IPMSDL and CPDE Beverly Longid and other Indigenous rights defenders who are currently being labelled as terrorists by the government of Philippines.

Letter of Concern from Both Ends, Netherlands

Ms Sigrid A.M Kaag
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
P.O. Box  20061
2500 EB The Hague
The Netherlands

Date: 14 March 2018
Re: Letter of concern regarding increased harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders in the Philippines

Dear Minister Kaag,

I kindly request your attention to the following: The organisations signing on  to this letter are extremely concerned about the safety of human rights defenders in the Philippines, including several representatives of local partner organisations, following the recent events that have taken place in the Philippines.

As you may know, the Philippine government, through the Department of Justice, has accused more than 600 people of being members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA). The names of these 600 people have been published in a petition to declare the CPP and the NPA as ‘terrorist’ organisations.

Among these 600 people, there are a UN Human Rights expert, dozens of civil  society organisations’ representatives, indigenous leaders and ex-priests. By labelling them as 'terrorists', the Philippine government puts these 600 people at great risk. Last Friday, Human Rights Watch identified the list as a 'virtual hit list.

United Church of Canada: Letter of Concern to Duterte

March 14, 2018

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte President of the Republic Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: op@president.gov.ph or send message through http://president.gov.ph/contact-us/

President Duterte:

We are writing to register the deep concern of The United Church of Canada at the increasingly violent culture and shrinking space for democratic dissent in the Philippines and to ask you to end the martial law like state experienced by indigenous communities and expressed through extrajudicial killings, and the terrorist proscription list.  An example is that On March 2, 2018, indigenous activist Ricardo Mayumi was extra judicially killed in his own home in Kiangan, Ifugao province. Mayumi was a leader of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), the Cordillera People’s Alliance chapter in Ifugao province.

CPDE: Statement of Concern Over the Rampant Violation of Civil and Political Rights

STATEMENT OF CONCERN

We, members of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Working Group onConflict and Fragility, express our deepest concern over the rampant violation of civil and political rights, and harassment against civil society leaders and development workers globally.

Most recently, the Government of the Philippines (GPH), no less than its Department of Justice, filedtrumped-up charges and indiscriminately tagged leaders of indigenous peoples’ (IP) movements, along with 600 more civil leaders, as terrorist and outlawed organizations.

CPDE Statement of Support for Co-chair Beverly Longid

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) condemns the harassment and red-baiting tactics  being  waged  by  the  Government   of  the  Philippines   (GPH)  to  600  Filipino   activists   and development   workers,   including   Beverly   Longid,   one   of   CPDE   co-chairs,   and   coordinator   of International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation.  

Statement of Elisa Tita Lubi, Karapatan National Executive Committee Member, on her inclusion in Duterte's "terror list"

Back Off, Human Rights Attackers
Hands Off Human Rights Defenders

I have recently learned that my name has been dragged into the Duterte government’s petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as terrorist organizations.


(Photo: Tita Lubi (2nd from the right, standing next to former DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo) visiting the Kampuhan ng mga Lumad at UP Diliman)

Karapatan submits cases of HRDs tagged under Duterte’s terror list to UN Special Rapporteurs

On March 13, 2018, Karapatan submitted a new batch of complaints to United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst and UN SR on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Annalisa Ciampi on the inclusion of human rights defenders (HRDs) and activists in at least 600 names listed in the Justice Department’s petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. The petition was filed by Peter Ong, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor, at a regional court in Manila on February 21, 2018.

Letter of Concern of Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)

13th March, 2018

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451
Via Email:    op@president.gov.ph

 

Dear Mr President,

Re: Cancel the Justice Department Petition to proscribe the CPP and NPA

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) is writing this letter to express our concern on the recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names of more than 600 individuals in a Justice Department petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. Such listing endangers the lives and security of these individuals, as well as that of their families and fellow activists.

ICHRP: Letter of Concern to Pres. Duterte

March 13, 2018

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
E-mail: op@president.gov.ph or send message through http://president.gov.ph/contact-us/

Re: Cancel Justice Department Petition to proscribe the CPP and NPA

Dear Excellency,

We write this letter to express our concern at the recent spate of attacks against human rights
defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names
of more than 600 individuals in a Justice Department petition to proscribe the Communist Party
of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. This
listing endangers the lives and security of these individuals, as well as that of their families and
fellow activists, given the baseless, arbitrary, malicious and repressive motives behind the
petition.

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues stands by indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expresses its grave concerns about the Philippine government’s accusation against indigenous human rights defenders as terrorist group affiliates. The indigenous human rights defenders include, among others, Victoria Tauli- Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Joan Carling, former member of the Permanent Forum and Jose Molintas, former member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are informed that a petition has been filed by the State Prosecutor of the Department of Justice, which seeks to declare the indigenous human rights defenders among more than 600 individuals as “terrorist and outlawed organizations and/or group of persons” under the National Security Act of 2007 of the Philippines. We believe that the charges against the indigenous human rights defenders are unsubstantiated, and that they are being targeted for their advocacy and efforts to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. We find this unacceptable in a country that is based on principles of democracy and good governance.

We call on the Philippine Government to immediately remove the names of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Joan Carling, Jose Molintas and other indigenous human rights defenders from the list, and to ensure their physical safety. We urge the Government to uphold its obligations under international human rights instruments and its duty to guarantee the right to promote and to strive for the realization of human rights under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

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.

Letter of Radio LoRa (Zurich) to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

Zurich, March 12, 2018


H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
op@president.gov.ph

 

Dear Mr President,

We write this letter to express our deep concern on the recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names of more than 600 individuals in a Justice Department petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations.

Several of the individuals named are well known to our radio stations, as had the privilege to interview them on the political and human rights situation in the Philippines and on the valuable and wonderful work they themselves and their organisations are doing to improve people’s situation, fight for womens rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and fight poverty and injustice in the Philippines.

Karapatan on Malacañang’s response to recent UN official’s statement

Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s statement justifying the Philippine government’s absurd, arbitrary, and vengeful inclusion of the name of UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli Corpuz in the Philippine Justice Department proscription list smacks of distorted reasoning. 
 

National ID and subpoena powers for PNP, CIDG, add’l tools for witch-hunt, all-out repression

"The Duterte regime is definitely on a roll! Not with solving the country’s socioeconomic problems, but in ensuring those who advocate for long-term solutions to our dire political and economic state are monitored, criminalized and penalized. Duterte and his minions have busied themselves with legislation, petitions, and measures to legitimize the witch-hunt and repression of groups and individuals, cementing their role as the architects of a looming dictatorship,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, citing the national ID system and the recently signed law giving subpoena powers to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and its Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), as among the recent repressive measures put forward by the Duterte government.

Déclaration de soutien au peuple frère en lutte aux Philippines

Deux Heures pour nous, deux heures pour Kamita (Afrique) 

Déclaration de soutien au peuple frère en lutte aux Philippines

 

Partout au monde où l’humain sera humilié et sa dignité mise en péril, nous répondrons solidaire à ce peuple ! nous lui témoignerons toute notre énergie pour que l’injustice ne triomphe pas des justes.

C’est avec amertume que notre mouvement a appris que des militants des droits de l’homme dans votre pays soient mis aux arrêts avec des prétextes honteux et contraire à l’intelligence humaine d’être des terroristes pour leur propre pays. Peut-on dire que dans un pays où les citoyens épuisés d’être abusés par des pouvoirs politiques sans foi ni loi et sans vision n’ont pas le droit de s’indigner et mieux n’ont pas le devoir de s’indigner, de se révolter et d’exiger de l’Etat non pas un droit à la vie mais un droit à la survie. Lutter pour son émancipation social, économique, politique, culturel et spirituel sont des obligations pour tous les peuples et ou tous les citoyens du monde qui vivent des situations immondes.

Surveillance equipment from UK may be used by PH gov’t to spy on activists, rights defenders

Karapatan today scored the recently reported sale of $200,000 British surveillance equipment to the Philippine government, in the light of the listing of more than 600 persons, human rights defenders and critics of the Duterte government in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) at a regional court in Manila on February 21, 2018 seeking to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorist organizations.

AIPP Statement: Philippines: End the Abuse of Power and Violence to Human Rights Defenders

**Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact’s Call to Repeal the Petition Declaring the former Secretary-General of AIPP, Joan Carling, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz-Tauli, and other indigenous leaders and human rights defenders as Terrorists and Outlaws

 

On 21 February 2018, the Department of Justice filed a petition to the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Region in Manila City declaring around 600 individuals, many of them human rights defenders and political activists, as terrorists and outlawed organisations, associations and/or group of persons.1 

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a regional organisation of 48 indigenous peoples organisations and movements in 14 countries in Asia, strongly condemns these accusations of the Philippine government to the former Secretary-General of AIPP, Joan Carling, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz-Tauli,  and  many other indigenous  leaders and  human  rights defenders.   Other  indigenous leaders and human rights defenders included in the list are Windel Bolinget, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) chairperson, Joanna Cariño, SANDUGO co-chairperson, Jose Molintas, former member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), Beverly Longid, global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Datu Mandayhon of the Talaandig people, Datu Mampadayag of the Banwaon people, and leaders of Pigyayungaan, Loloy Adie and Mamerto Guaynon.2

Duterte regime’s proscription petition targets critics, rights defenders - Karapatan

Karapatan condemns the listing of more than 600 persons, human rights defenders and critics of the Duterte government in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), through Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, at a regional court in Manila on February 21, 2018. The petition not only seeks to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorist organizations but also named individuals as their supposed leaders or members, including those who are dead, missing and members of paramilitary units accused of killing Lumads in Mindanao.