Campaign on the Defense of Rights Defenders in the Philippines

Letter of Concern of Indigenous Peoples Organisation-Australia (IPO)

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP 
Prime Minister 15 March 2018 
Parliament House 
Dear Prime Minister Turnbull, 

The Indigenous Peoples Organisation-Australia (IPO) is a national coalition of 250 Aboriginal organisations and individuals committed to advocating for the rights of Indigenous people, both nationally and through the use of international mechanisms.

The IPO is gravely concerned about the threat to the well-being of Vicky Tauli Corpus, the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, and the other Indigenous people recently ruled as terrorists under the Philippines National Security Act 2007 at the direction of the Duterte government. The Duterte government has shown it has the capacity to kill with impunity over recent months. This court ruling is deeply troubling in two key respects: 

  1. Indigenous human rights defenders are not terrorists and the designation of ëterroristí to human rights advocates sets a dangerous precedent. 
  2. The recent history and high number of extrajudicial killings is alarming and this targeting of Indigenous people represents a substantial threat to the well-being of the Special Rapporteur of Indigenous People, Indigenous human rights defenders and the members of the Indigenous organisations listed as terrorists. 

Letter of Concern from Both Ends, Netherlands

Ms Sigrid A.M Kaag
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
P.O. Box  20061
2500 EB The Hague
The Netherlands

Date: 14 March 2018
Re: Letter of concern regarding increased harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders in the Philippines

Dear Minister Kaag,

I kindly request your attention to the following: The organisations signing on  to this letter are extremely concerned about the safety of human rights defenders in the Philippines, including several representatives of local partner organisations, following the recent events that have taken place in the Philippines.

As you may know, the Philippine government, through the Department of Justice, has accused more than 600 people of being members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA). The names of these 600 people have been published in a petition to declare the CPP and the NPA as ‘terrorist’ organisations.

Among these 600 people, there are a UN Human Rights expert, dozens of civil  society organisations’ representatives, indigenous leaders and ex-priests. By labelling them as 'terrorists', the Philippine government puts these 600 people at great risk. Last Friday, Human Rights Watch identified the list as a 'virtual hit list.

Déclaration de soutien au peuple frère en lutte aux Philippines

Deux Heures pour nous, deux heures pour Kamita (Afrique) 

Déclaration de soutien au peuple frère en lutte aux Philippines


Partout au monde où l’humain sera humilié et sa dignité mise en péril, nous répondrons solidaire à ce peuple ! nous lui témoignerons toute notre énergie pour que l’injustice ne triomphe pas des justes.

C’est avec amertume que notre mouvement a appris que des militants des droits de l’homme dans votre pays soient mis aux arrêts avec des prétextes honteux et contraire à l’intelligence humaine d’être des terroristes pour leur propre pays. Peut-on dire que dans un pays où les citoyens épuisés d’être abusés par des pouvoirs politiques sans foi ni loi et sans vision n’ont pas le droit de s’indigner et mieux n’ont pas le devoir de s’indigner, de se révolter et d’exiger de l’Etat non pas un droit à la vie mais un droit à la survie. Lutter pour son émancipation social, économique, politique, culturel et spirituel sont des obligations pour tous les peuples et ou tous les citoyens du monde qui vivent des situations immondes.

Canada: Open Letter to Duterte re Human Rights Defenders Tagged in Terror List

An Open Letter to
Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte
RE: Human Rights Defenders Tagged in Terror List

12 March 2018

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals in Vancouver, BC, Canada, express our grave concern on the recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names of more than 600 individuals in a Justice Department petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. Such listing repressive motives behind the said act.

United Church of Canada: Letter of Concern to Duterte

March 14, 2018

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte President of the Republic Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: or send message through

President Duterte:

We are writing to register the deep concern of The United Church of Canada at the increasingly violent culture and shrinking space for democratic dissent in the Philippines and to ask you to end the martial law like state experienced by indigenous communities and expressed through extrajudicial killings, and the terrorist proscription list.  An example is that On March 2, 2018, indigenous activist Ricardo Mayumi was extra judicially killed in his own home in Kiangan, Ifugao province. Mayumi was a leader of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), the Cordillera People’s Alliance chapter in Ifugao province.

CHRP-UK: Letter of Concern to Duterte re Tagging of Noted Human Rights Defenders as 'Terrorists'

14 March 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte

President of the Republic Malacañang Palace,

JP Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila

The Philippines


Letter of concern regarding the tagging of noted human rights defenders as 'terrorists'

Dear President Duterte,

We wish to add our voices to those condemning the recent filing, on 21 February 2018, of a legal petition to have a number of organizations, associations, and leaders declared as terrorists and outlaws pursuant to the National Security Act of 2007.

CPDE: Statement of Concern Over the Rampant Violation of Civil and Political Rights


We, members of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Working Group onConflict and Fragility, express our deepest concern over the rampant violation of civil and political rights, and harassment against civil society leaders and development workers globally.

Most recently, the Government of the Philippines (GPH), no less than its Department of Justice, filedtrumped-up charges and indiscriminately tagged leaders of indigenous peoples’ (IP) movements, along with 600 more civil leaders, as terrorist and outlawed organizations.

CPDE Statement of Support for Co-chair Beverly Longid

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) condemns the harassment and red-baiting tactics  being  waged  by  the  Government   of  the  Philippines   (GPH)  to  600  Filipino   activists   and development   workers,   including   Beverly   Longid,   one   of   CPDE   co-chairs,   and   coordinator   of International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation.  

EMRIP: Statement in Support of Indigenous Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines

Statement in support of indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines

21 March 2018

The United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is joining the concern expressed by UN human rights experts1 and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues2 on the recent terrorism accusations levelled against Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These unsubstantiated allegations brought by the Philippine Government authorities constitute an unacceptable attack on her mandate, its independence, and more broadly on her work as a human rights defender. The Expert Mechanism finds it unacceptable that, as she undertakes a report on the criminalisation of indigenous human rights defenders, she has herself become a victim of this phenomenon.

The Expert Mechanism would also like to express its support to Joan Carling, former member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Jose Molintas, former member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, who are also the targets of these unsubstantiated accusations.

Forum-Asia: Withdrawal from the ICC/Rome Statute another attempt to perpetuate impunity for human rights violations in the PH

The Philippines: Withdrawal from the ICC/Rome Statute another attempt to perpetuate impunity for human rights violations in the country

(Bangkok, 15 March 2018) – In the past one and a half years, blatant rejection and undermining of human rights have been the message conveyed by President Durterte’s administration. This anti‐human rights rhetoric has resulted in the increase of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, environmental activists, and political dissenters. His recent claim to withdraw from the Rome Statute and the publishing of a list of 600 supposed ‘terrorist’ fit smoothly in his systematic attack on human rights and human rights defenders.

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) calls on the international community, notably Governments and the United Nations (UN), to intensify to the pressure to hold Durterte’s administration accountable and put an end to the human rights violations. We call on the UN Human Rights Council to hold the Philippines accountable to standards expected of Council members, and urge the Council to call for the suspension of the Philippines’ membership over failure to uphold these standards. While we welcome the preliminary examination of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the ‘war on drugs’, we additionally urge the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an international, independent investigation on the matter.1