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Philippine UPR Watch calls for int’l support to Filipino people’s campaign against tyrannical rule of Duterte administration

Press Release | 19 September 2017

The Philippine UPR Watch calls on the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to express their support for the Filipino peoples' campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's tyrannical rule.

In barely four months, after the UPR of the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council last May 2017, human and people's rights violations have spiralled, with the drug war, counter-insurgency program and martial law in Mindanao, the group said. On September 22, 2017, the recommendations made to the Philippine government on its 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review will be adopted this coming 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 September 2017 . "The Duterte regime has been totally disregarding these recommendations urging the State to protect and uphold international human rights obligations," said Ephraim Cortez, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers(NUPL) and  co-head of the Philippine UPR Watch delegation.   

Imprisoned and threatened indigenous people's leaders, church workers, and teachers are proof of Duterte's tyrannical rule

Press Release | September 19, 2017

"When a country’s church people and teachers are being imprisoned for working alongside marginalized communities, it becomes indicative of widespread repression and the State’s intolerance for genuine opposition. Such a situation exposes how far we are from a democracy, worsened by awards and status accorded to murderers, plunderers and rights violators," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay during a rally in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 13, 2017 to call for the release of indigenous people, church workers, and teachers imprisoned by the Duterte administration.

Karapatan holds day of solidarity with indigenous children at the Lakbayan 2017 Kampuhan

Press Release | September 17, 2017

Karapatan, in cooperation with Sandugo, Hustisya and Temperamental Brats, held a storytelling session, crafts-making workshop, and cultural program for indigenous children at the 2017 Kampuhan ng Pambansang Minorya, UP Equine Stud Farm, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Quezon City on September 17, 2017. The activity was also supported by artists, young educators, human rights activists, and civil libertarians. 

ON THE POSSIBLE DECLARATION OF NATIONWIDE MARTIAL LAW NEXT WEEK

Press Statement | September 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law next week is an expression of the Duterte regime’s fear of its own demons. It is increasingly becoming desperate in quelling the legitimate and peaceful protest of the Filipino people against the fascist and anti-people policies of the regime. It is fearful of the people’s growing resistance against its tyrannical rule. 

Duterte funding Lumad, peasant murderers, sanctions budget to kill – Karapatan

Press Statement | September 14, 2017

"There is no money for social services, for mechanisms for redress, for socioeconomic programs for the welfare of the majority under Duterte’s leadership. The budget is instead allocated to murderers and fascists who are enabled and protected by no less than the President. State security forces – from the police, the military, and its paramilitary forces – are not only accorded the license but also the resources to kill," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

 

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