International Solidarity

Solidarity statement with the people of the Philippines

We, women human rights defenders from various countries of Asia and the Pacific, gather to show our solidarity with the people most affected by the rise of growing state authoritarianism and militarism, religious fundamentalisms and the underlying exploitative economic systems designed to enrich a tiny minority at the expense of our communities.

Philippines under review: Rodrigo Duterte must no longer turn a blind eye to the fate of human rights defenders

We are sharing with you a statement issued on May 16, 2017 by Front Line Defenders, which works on the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world, on the recent Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines. 


The human rights record of the Philippines came under scrutiny on 8 May 2017 during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. After the initial review of the national report submitted by the Philippines, member states of the UNHRC made their recommendations. In this article Front Line Defenders looks at the critical situation for human rights defenders, HRDs in the Philippines.

During the previous UPR of the Philippines in 2012, only four countries1 had raised concern with regard to the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines, resulting in five official recommendations. While the Philippines merely acknowledged the recommendation pertaining to cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, it accepted two concerning the protection of HRDs from extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. During the examination, the government committed itself to taking “firm measures to address the problem of extra- judicial killings and enforced disappearances”. Despite those assurances, extra-judicial killings and targeted attacks on HRDs have continued to take place. The government report under current review made no mention of the risks facing HRDs or the measures taken to prevent their targeting, thus demonstrating how little progress has been made in implementing such recommendations over the past five years, and particularly under the new administration.

Solidarity Message of Filipino Political Prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa, Philippines to the Palestinian Political Prisoners

Solidarity Message of Filipino Political Prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, Philippines to the Palestinian Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

On behalf of all political prisoners in the Philippines, we salute and pay tribute to the more than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners, who are on the 30th day of their hunger strike against repressive policies and oppression by the Israeli and US government. We are one with you in your aspirations for freedom and dignity, aspirations long denied to the people of Palestine.

Your struggle is very similar to ours. Like you, we are victims of the worst conditions in jails and the slow pace of justice in the Philippines. We are also victims of injustice – we were illegally arrested because of our political beliefs, we are charged with trumped up cases, jailed or wrongly convicted to keep us behind bars for many years.
Your struggle for basic human rights such as the right to regular visits of relatives, to timely and appropriate medical attention and services, to continue studies and education while in prison, against solitary confinement and illegal detention, are our struggle too. These are rights denied of us, even while international laws exist to protect our rights as detained persons.

Free Palestinian political prisoners!

In a mass action at the US Embassy in Manila, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay scored the US government on its role as “the most ardent supporter of the Zionist Israeli government and the number one human rights violator of the Palestinian peoples,” as at least 1,300 Palestinian political prisoners continue with their coordinated hunger strike which started last April 17, 2017. 

Dubbed the “Strike for Dignity,” the Palestinian PPs’ actions symbolizes their call for freedom, for proper medical care in prison, and for an end to the prohibitions and cuts to family visits, medical neglect, isolation and administrative detention. Approximately 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners behind Israeli bars today. According to the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), nearly 600 of them are held in administrative detention, imprisoned without charge or trial, while others face military courts with a conviction rate of over 99%. Hundreds of Palestinian children, as young as 12 years old, are held in Israeli prisons. Palestinian political leaders, including PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi, and Samira Halaiqa and 11 more members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, are held behind bars.

ILPS Commission 3 Solidarity Statement on the Palestinian Political Prisoners' Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity

The International League of People's Struggle Commission 3 is in solidarity with the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, as they go on a collective hunger strike for "Freedom and Dignity." 

In their fight for self-determination, more than 7,000 Palestinians are imprisoned by the Zionist Israeli government without charges or trial. Their struggle for freedom and dignity is their struggle for liberation from occupation and oppression as a Palestinian nation. 

Free Palestinian political prisoners!

A Solidarity Statement of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines on the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 

Karapatan stands in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, as we commemorate with the Palestinian people the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners from April 17 to 24, 2017. This period also marks the protest hunger strike of Palestinian political prisoners, dubbed the “Strike for Dignity,” to call for an end to the prohibitions and cuts to family visits, proper medical care and an end to medical neglect and an end to isolation and administrative detention.

 

Fig. 1. Palestinian Prisoners’ Day celebrated last April 17, 2017 where more than 1,300 Palestinian detainees initiated a hunger strike, photo taken from NSBC International

Letter to UNSR EJK

April 10, 2017

Ms. Agnes Callamard

Special Rapporteur

Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

 Palais Wilson, 52 Rue des Pâquis

CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland

 

Dear Ms. Callamard,

Greetings of peace!

On behalf of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, a non-government organization working for the promotion of human rights in the Philippines, I would like to bring to your attention the spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, in line with the counterinsurgency program of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

An Open Letter to President Rodrigo Duterte from Canadians for Just Peace in the Philippines

FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS! 

We, Canadians for just peace in the Philippines, strongly support the Peace Talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDPF). We believe that the Peace Process is key to solving the long-standing armed conflict and we hope fervently for its success. 

Republic of the Philippines Joint Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 27th Session of the UPR Working Group

Republic of the Philippines Joint Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 27th Session of the UPR Working Group 

Submitted on 22 September 2016
Submission by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, NGO in General Consultative Status with ECOSOC
and Karapatan – Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
 
"1.5 CIVICUS and Karapatan are deeply concerned by the extrajudicial killing, intimidation and harassment of human right defenders, journalists and media workers.

Press release on Intl HR and peace advocates for peace

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*Please also see attached files for other solidarity statements around the world. 

 

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