Letter of Concern of Action Solidarite Tiers Monde (Action for Third World Solidarity)

Luxembourg, 20th March 2018

Object: Humans Rights violations in the Philippines

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic Malacaiiang Palace,
JP Laurel St.,San Miguel
Manila Philippines

Dear Mr. President:

Action Solidarite Tiers Monde (Action for Third World Solidarity), a Luxembourg NGO with several partner organisations in the Philippines,wishes to express its deep concern with regard to recent developments in the country in the field of human rights. We are particularly disturbed about the inclusion of the names of some 600 individuals,many of them human rights defenders,in a petition filed by the Department of Justice on February 212018 to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA) terrorist organisations under Republic Act 9372 (Human Security Act of 2007). Naming these individuals as supposed leaders or members of the CPP­ NPA gravely endangers the lives and safety of those individuals as well as that of their families and fellow activists.

ASTM deplores the listing of these individuals as well as the increasing number of violent attacks on human rights defenders, political dissenters and indigenous and farmers' leaders that have taken place in recent months,including over a hundred extrajudicial killings,numerous cases of intimidation, threats, harassment and the criminalization of those who are working for people's
rights and welfare.

In this context,ASTM calls on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to:

  • Drop the petition filed by the Department of Justice and to stop the criminalization of the work of activists,human rights defenders and political dissenters through the practice of filing trumped-up criminal charges,
  • Stop the labeling of activists, human rights defenders and members and leaders of people's organizations as "terrorists",
  • Effectively address, prosecute and punish human rights violations by agents of the State,
  • Respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and all major Human Rights is a party and signatory to.


(SGD) Richard Graf, President, ASTM