International Solidarity

Statements of Bärbel Kofler, Jean Asselborn and Romain Schneider on the killing of Atty. Ben Ramos

Dear friends, 

We are sharing with you the statement of Barbel Kofler, German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Policy and Humanitarian Aid, and that of Luxembourg ministers Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, on the killing of Atty. Benjamin "Ben" Ramos. 

Human Rights Commissioner on the murder of Benjamin Ramos, Filipino human rights defender and lawyer

Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (7 November) on the murder of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos on 6 November 2018 in Negros Occidental :

Luxembourg Ministers Jean Asselborn and Romain Schneider strongly condemn the assassination of human rights defender Ben Ramos

Declaration of Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, on the assassination of human rights defender Ben Ramos: “We strongly condemn the killing of human rights defender Benjamin Ramos, executive director of the Peace and Development Group, by unidentified persons on November 6 2018 on the island of Negros in the Philippines.

Statement: APWLD Condemns Unsubstantiated Charges against NUPL Attorney Katherine Panguban

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are sharing with you the statement of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) on the unsubstantiated charges against Atty. Katherine Panguban, a lawyer of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL). Atty. Panguban is among the legal counsel of the relatives of the victims of the Sagay 9 massacre in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Her involvement and commitment to bring justice to the victims and their relatives have made her a target of threat and harassment perpetrated by state security forces. 

We ask you to widely share the statement and stand in solidarity with Atty. Panguban, along with other human rights defenders who continue to advocate for the promotion and protection of people's rights amid a repressive regime. 

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13 November 2018
Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) condemns the Philippines state security forces for filing unsubstantiated criminal charges against  human rights lawyer Attorney Katherine Panguban, in the wake of the 20 October killing of nine farmers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental Province, widely referred to as the ‘Sagay 9 massacre’. APWLD also condemns the 6 November extrajudicial killing of Attorney Benjamin Ramos, another human rights lawyer who worked with the farmers.

Karapatan’s Statement on the Worsening Human Rights Situation in Bangladesh

Karapatan stands in solidarity with the people of Bangladesh in their struggle against attacks on their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights by the ruling Awami League Party. 

Uphold the Right of Return of the Palestinian people! End the US-Zionist Israeli regime!

Uphold the Right of Return of the Palestinian people!
End the US-Zionist Israeli regime!
Statement of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle Commission 3*

The 70th anniversary of the Nakba was marked with a massacre in Gaza on Monday, May 14, 2018, with the biggest one-day toll of Palestinians killed since the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza. Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrators in Gaza, killing at least 60 people and injuring thousands of Palestinians protesting the Monday opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. We condemn the gruesome use of lethal force against the Palestinian protesters that reflected both the continuing Nakba and the violence of the 11-year siege on Gaza; the Israeli military attacks on the popular Great Marches of Return since March 30 have taken over 110 lives.  

On the very hour of the opening by the United States government of its embassy in Jerusalem, thousands of Palestinian civilians, including children, women and persons with disabilities, were massacred by Israeli snipers, baptizing the US embassy with bloodshed.

We are witnessing the use of unabated brutality and force against civilians to stifle popular protest - an abhorrent violation of human and people’s rights and international humanitarian law. The killing of Palestinian demonstrators is a clear violation of international human rights law, committing what appear to be willful killings constituting war crimes.
Meanwhile, the US blocked the United Nations Security Council’s call for investigation of the deaths in Gaza caused by the Israeli military attack. Washington rushed to justify Israel’s response, accusing the Palestinian movement Hamas of fueling the protests and justifying Israeli brutality, which is funded and supported by billions of dollars in US military aid annually. The US has a long record of using its veto power in the UN Security Council to protect Israel from international scrutiny.

Statement on Denial of Entry into United States of Filipino Civil Rights Advocate

Dear friends, 

Below is a statement of the United Methodist Church on the torture and arbitrary detention of Moro human rights and peace advocate Jerome Succor Aba. 


Karapatan Public Information Desk

Women human rights defenders in Asia and the Pacific say: STOP THE KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES NOW!

News Release | September 10, 2017
More than a hundred women from different countries in Asia and the Pacific joined the #BlackFriday protest against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines held last September 8, 2017, in Chiangmai, Thailand, in the sidelines of the 3rd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).

“We, participants from the Philippines at the third Asia-Pacific Feminist Forum, joined by our sisters in the Asia-Pacific region, condemn in the strongest sense, the unabated killings in the Philippines in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs and Oplan Kapayapaan,” they said in a statement.

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.