Campaign on the Defense of Rights Defenders in the Philippines

CIEL Statement of Solidarity with UN Special Rapporteur Vicky Tauli-Corpuz

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is deeply concerned with the reports that UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, along with other human rights defenders, has been accused of being a terrorist by the Philippine government. This appears to be a blatant attempt to silence and criminalize Vicky Tauli-Corpuz and others for their work to protect and defend the rights of indigenous peoples. Around the world, environmental and human rights defenders are being increasingly targeted by governments and companies seeking to silence them and undermine their important work. This retaliatory step by the government of the Philippines threatens the security and safety of these people. CIEL condemns the use of threats to silence indigenous leaders and environmental human rights defenders who work to protect and promote the human rights of the most vulnerable. CIEL stands with Vicky Tauli-Corpuz’s fellow UN Special Rapporteurs and the many organizations and people who have already condemned this action by the government.

Accusations against UN expert a retaliation by Philippines, say fellow rapporteurs

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GENEVA (8 March 2018) - UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about terrorism accusations levelled against the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national.

The legal petition listing her name is an unacceptable attack against the mandate holder by the Philippines Government, they added.

Statement of LAHURNIP, NIWF, NEFIN and YFIN Against Defamation and Harassment of IP HR Defenders

Joint Statement of Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP),  National Indigenous Women's Federation (NIWF)Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), and Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalitites (YFIN)

Against Defamation and Harassment to UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines 

ADN Press Statement on the Terrorist Labeling of PH Indigenous Rights Defenders


Seoul, 15 March 2018. The Asia Democracy Network expresses deep regret over the decision by the Philippine government declaring over 600 individuals including indigenous rights groups and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, as “terrorist”. Such a move poses a direct attack on human rights organizations and undermines international institutions.

Taiwanese Organizations Condemn Terrorist Listing of Philippine Human Rights Defenders

Twenty Taiwanese organizations jointly condemn the terrorist listing of Philippine human rights defenders by the Duterte regime in front of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), Taipei at 10am on April 3, 2018.