Republic of the Philippines Joint Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 27th Session of the UPR Working Groupsubmitted on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:34
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.
*Please also see attached files for other solidarity statements around the world.
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights - Philippines calls on Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to immediately release pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) leaders.
On November 4, HDP Co-chairs Sellahatin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were arrested along with nine other members of the parliament as part of the crackdown against members of the opposition party. The Erdogan regime used the July 15 failed coup as a pretext to arrest the leaders of the Kurdish people saying they were behind the coup.
In behalf of our organizations UMANGAT-MIGRANTE and ICHRP-Rome, Italy and other fellow overseas Filipino Workers in Italy, we express our full support to the ongoing struggles of the Lumad against the closures of their schools, militarization of their villages and the unbaiting Human Rights
KARAPATAN Philippines condemns the recent arrest and detention of Malaysian activists, during their peaceful assembly to express their call for an investigation of an alleged corruption on the 1MDB issue. We likewise join the call for their immediate and unconditional release. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are basic human rights enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We believe the Malaysian people, as all peace-and-democracy-loving people of the world, have strived to get these rights embedded in their own Constitution.
International People’s Conference on Mining
Manila, Philippines | July 30 – August 1, 2015
Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) have a very strong connection with their lands and territories, which they describe as a source of life. In addition, the environmental damage generated by the extractive industry impacts women’s ability to provide food and clean water for their families and communities. Also with the loss of land and displacement, women’s workload to provide for their families increases, including the impact on women who are trafficked and victims of forced migration. Destructive and large-scale mining also impacts on their and their families’ health, and their livelihood.For all these reasons, many women have taken leadership roles defending their lands and communities. They are building and strengthening their organizations and communities; creating spaces for the development of their capacities; leading protests and direct actions; asserting women’s voices in negotiation platforms, political and governance processes; and are building solidarity across communities and national borders to resist transgressions on their rights. Assuming these new roles has increased their visibility, but has also put them at greater risk. WHRDs are exposed to violence from businesses, governments and repressive institutions, including patriarchal structures that perpetuate violence.