On March 18, members of ICHRP Canada in BC and Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR) attended an event held by KAIROS BC-Yukon of music and conversation with “The Allouettes”, three women who shared their stories and voices for climate justice through song and reflections. Ruth Walmsley, Catherine Humbling, and Janette McIntosh, took a stand for climate justice in September 2021 and were arrested while participating in a multi-faith prayer circle associated with Protect the Planet, Stop TMX! They served nine (9) days at the correctional centre from February 14 – 22, 2022. They stand on the shoulders of the Indigenous land defenders who have been arrested since 2018 for opposing the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) and to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Beth Dollaga, founding member of CPSHR, and Clair Swanson, CPSHR Chairperson, attended in solidarity. Dollaga shared the worsening human rights violations, extrajudicial killings as well as threats and harassment against environmental and human rights defenders, civil society organizations, journalists and critics in the Philippines.
Luthfi Mawarid, the Secretary-General of ICHRP Canada, which KAIROS is a member of, also spoke on the case of Danilo de Leon, a worker-leader and the Chairperson of Migrante Canada who is imminently facing deportation. In 2009, Danilo came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker. Like thousands of temporary foreign workers, he helped to fill Canada’s labour shortages and continues to contribute to the Canadian economy. Danilo is one of thousands of migrant workers who fell through the cracks of Canada’s immigration system and thus lost his immigration status.
We call with urgency to help stop the deportation and let Danilo de Leon stay in Canada! For more information and to sign the petition, please visit the Let Danilo Stay campaign.