April, 2018

CIEL Statement of Solidarity with UN Special Rapporteur Vicky Tauli-Corpuz

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is deeply concerned with the reports that UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, along with other human rights defenders, has been accused of being a terrorist by the Philippine government. This appears to be a blatant attempt to silence and criminalize Vicky Tauli-Corpuz and others for their work to protect and defend the rights of indigenous peoples. Around the world, environmental and human rights defenders are being increasingly targeted by governments and companies seeking to silence them and undermine their important work. This retaliatory step by the government of the Philippines threatens the security and safety of these people. CIEL condemns the use of threats to silence indigenous leaders and environmental human rights defenders who work to protect and promote the human rights of the most vulnerable. CIEL stands with Vicky Tauli-Corpuz’s fellow UN Special Rapporteurs and the many organizations and people who have already condemned this action by the government.

Karapatan condemns threats harassment vs fact-finding mission in Mindanao

As the three-day International Fact Finding and Solidarity Mission in three regions in Mindanao is concluded today, Karapatan scored the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for the numerous cases of threats and harassment faced by participants to the said mission. 

"Either these are proof of the State forces' paranoia overdrive or it is clear evidence that the Duterte administration has much to hide and cover up in its continuing implementation of martial law and counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan in Mindanao," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

AMAN: Stament of Concern on the Increasing Harassment and Intimidation of Indigenous People's Leaders and Human Rights Defenders


The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN), representing more then 2000 indigenous   communities   throughout   Indonesia,   condemns   the   recent   action   taken   by   the Philippines Government to criminalize leaders of the Philippines Indigenous Peoples movement as well as indigenous leaders working in the international arena.   

Latest,  a petition  filed  in court  by the Philippine  State  Prosecutor  of the Department  of Justice (DOJ), seek to have a number of indigenous peoples’ leaders and human rights defenders declared as terrorist and outlaws pursuant to the National Security Act of 2007. 

Central Committee of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) Condemn the Terror Tagging of Hundreds of Filipino People


On February 21st, a petition was filed by State Attorney General Peter Ong with a trial trial in Manila and only announced last week that lists 461 names and 188 other names the government wants to declare a "terrorist." The list of terror targets peasant leaders, trade unions, youth, women, local activists and civil society at large who continue to fight for the sovereignty, social justice, democracy and rights of the Filipino people. 

Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) considers that the list of terror is a major threat to the safety and security of the broad Filipinos, considering Duterte's bloody of extra- judicial killing (EJKs) in which thousands have been killed since he served as President. With various security policies enforced, Duterte effectively legitimizes the military and police to arrest, detain, kidnap or even killed the people who registered in their "Terrorist" list without legal process. 

On the possible resumption of the GRP-NDFP peacetalks

Karapatan welcomes the possible continuation of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The peace process is an important venue for discussions and actions on the root causes of the armed conflict in the country, including long-standing issues concerning civil, political, economic and social rights of the Filipino people, which are among the substantive agenda in the peace talks.

Arrests follow Duterte’s malicious terror-tagging – Karapatan

“The king of trash talk continues his barrage of threats one day, and backtracks to call for the resumption of the peace talks on another day. Meanwhile, the reality on the ground remains unchanged. Four individuals were illegally arrested in less than two weeks, signalling that the Duterte regime’s fascist policies, foremost his counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, are still very much in effect,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

A month after arrest of six peasant organizers in Negros Oriental, Karapatan reiterates call for their release

“The illegal arrest and continuing detention of the six young peasant organizers in Negros Oriental based on trumped up charges filed by soldiers is a classic case of criminalization of political dissent and human rights activism,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, a month after the arrest of the six organizers of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

Coke chokes workers, Davao police illegally arrests unionists protesting violations vs workers’ rights – Karapatan

Karapatan condemned the violent dispersal of striking Coca Cola workers in Davao City on April 2, 2018 and the subsequent illegal arrest of 10 union members, all belonging to the Kilusan ng Manggagawa Laban sa Coca-Cola (KIMACO), an affiliate of national labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). 


(Photo: Members of KIMACO-KMU protest outside the Coca-Cola plant in Davao City on April 2, 2018. Kath Cortez |Davao Today)

Stop the harassment of human rights workers and activists – Karapatan

Karapatan decried recent incidents of harassment against its human rights workers by suspected military agents as “desperate acts of cowards in uniform,” after receiving reports on the attempted break-in of the residence of one its officers in the Cordillera region and dissemination of false propaganda materials against human rights defenders, including Karapatan staff and officers, in Cagayan Valley.  

On March 30, 2018, suspected military agents attempted to enter the home of Audrey Beltran, member of the Karapatan National Council and Vice Chairperson of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), a regional chapter of Karapatan. 

Taiwanese Organizations Condemn Terrorist Listing of Philippine Human Rights Defenders

Twenty Taiwanese organizations jointly condemn the terrorist listing of Philippine human rights defenders by the Duterte regime in front of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), Taipei at 10am on April 3, 2018.

Two years after violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan, justice remains elusive

On April 1, 2016, farmer Darwin Sulang and Kidapawan resident Enrico Fabligar were killed when rounds of bullets were fired by the police and military at the 6,000 farmers asserting the release of rice and food aid for their families in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. Scores were wounded; more than 80 were illegally arrested and detained, including pregnant women and the elderly. Police and military surrounded the hospitals and a church compound, harassing the farmers. (For full account of incident: http://www.karapatan.org/files/Final%20%20-%20NFHM%20report.pdf

Kidapawan FK

(Photo of Victor Lumundang Jr.)