What follows is an ecumenical letter from KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada—signed by Archbishops Linda Nicholls and Mark MacDonald—to the Federal Government concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines: Dear Minister Garneau, KAIROS unites ten Canadian… Read More »Ecumenical letter on the deteriorating human rights situation in the philippines
Message of Solidarity – from Billie Pierre and Nlaka’ Pamux/Saulteaux nations on the trumped-up charge against Windel Bolinget and the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA)
Windel Bolinget belongs to the Kankanaey and Bontok indigenous peoples in Mountain Province. He has been an environment defender and human rights activist for more than half of his life. To date, he served the CPA for 23 years as Education Commission Officer, Secretary General… Read More »Message of Solidarity – from Billie Pierre and Nlaka’ Pamux/Saulteaux nations on the trumped-up charge against Windel Bolinget and the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA)
The Vancouver and Distruct Labour Council (VDLC) sent a letter to the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 6, 2021, in support of the release of several unionists and labour organizers who were arrested in the Philippines on December 10th 2020, on International… Read More »Vancouver Labour Council Calls For Release Of Imprisoned Unionists In The Philippines
Reference persons:Patricia Lisson, Chair, ICHRP-CanadaDoug Booker, Secretary-General, ICHRP-Canada 16 December 2020 The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines – Canada (ICHRP-Canada), vehemently condemns as reports of red tagging, killings and mass arrests of human rights defenders and activists continue to pour in. ICHRP-Canada… Read More »ICHRP-Canada Statement on the Killings of Dr. Mary Rose and Edwin Sancelan
Reference persons:Patricia Lisson, Chair, ICHRP-CanadaDoug Booker, Secretary-General, ICHRP-Canada December 15, 2020 ICHRP-Canada strongly deplores the mass arrest of trade union organizers, Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines, Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila, Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila,… Read More »ICHRP-Canada Statement on the Human Rights Day Mass Arrest of Union Organizers
From December 1st to 10th, ICHRP-Canada will be holding 10 Days of Solidarity for the Philippines! We’ll be highlighting our campaigns, sharing information about the human rights situation in the Philippines, and hosting three online events. We’ll also be holding a country-wide day of action… Read More »Announcing ICHRP-Canada’s 10 days of solidarity with the Philippines!
This November 22, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines – Canada calls for the junking of Memorandum Order No. 32 (MO 32) and the end to lawless state violence on Negros Island, Philippines. On November 22, 2018, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared… Read More »Junk MO 32, End Lawless State Violence on Negros Island, Philippines!
TOPIC: Launch of ICHRP-Canada’s Defend Negros Island campaignDATE: Friday, November 6th, 2020TIME: 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 10am PHT (Nov 7)LENGTH: 1.5 hours REGISTRATION LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMof-quqTgvH9S-L5XtuFxzSciGoHP-LvAaFACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2701605186721028/ SPEAKERS: – Clarizza Singson, Secretary General of Karapatan Negros Island – Julie Ann Balora, Spokesperson of… Read More »Campaign launch: Defend Negros Island
Withdraw the paramilitary groups from Davao! Support UCCP Haran in protecting the rights of the Lumad!
On January 25th 2020, members of the notorious para-military group Alamara dismantled the outer wall protecting the sanctuary area in the United Church of Christ – Haran compound, home to 500 indigenous Lumad.
International Human Rights Day 2019
In 2019, the Philippines has continued its slide towards authoritarianism, placing human rights defenders and government critics and all those working to improve the lives of ordinary Filipinos in grave danger. As we mark International Human Rights Day, we denounce the human rights tragedy that we see unfolding in the Philippines.
Every day, the situation appears to become graver with new measures by the Duterte Regime to oppress, harass and murder social and human rights activists. Martial Law has effectively been expanded beyond Mindanao to cover many areas of the Central Philippines including Negros, Samar, Leyte and Sothern Luzon. The apparatus of the government under Duterte is increasingly controlled and coordinated by military and ex-military officials giving it a junta character similar to the brutal regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Many Filipinos are worried the Duterte government is laying the ground for open authoritarian rule with its “shoot-to-kill” and arbitrary arrest policies.
Political and drug related killings and arbitrary arrests continued unabated through 2019. Amnesty International reported in July of this year that in the three years since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed the crackdown almost 27,000 people have been killed in either police anti drug operations or by unknown perpetrators. In addition, Karapatan reported that over 1,000 civilians were killed in military actions related to the War on Terror in Marawi City; over 222 political killings; 111 documented instances of torture; 85,236 victims of threat, harassment and intimidation; 368,391 who have suffered due to indiscriminate firing and aerial bombing; and 447,963 internally displaced who were subject to forced evacuation (Dec. 10, 2018).Read More »Defend Human Rights! Stop all Aid to the Philippine Military and Police! Stop the Killings!