The following speech was delivered at SONA ng Bayan (People’s SONA) in Toronto on July 26th, 2020. The event was part of a series of coordinated actions around the world which drew attention to the worsening conditions in the Philippines, and the Duterte administration’s failure… Read More »ICHRP Canada speech for people’s state of the nation address 2020
On July 16, 2020, we sent the following letter to François-Philippe Champagne, who is Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. 28 organizations signed on, including grassroots organizations, Church, and labour groups. We will continue to update this post with more correspondences. Headings have been added for… Read More »Open Letter to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
Philippines pushes ahead with draconian Anti-Terror Law in the wake of damning UN human rights report
The first week of June saw two seismic events related to the human rights situation in the Philippines. On one hand, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights released a long-awaited and damning report on the state of human rights in the Philippines and the… Read More »Philippines pushes ahead with draconian Anti-Terror Law in the wake of damning UN human rights report
The Canadian chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners and low-level offenders in the midst of the worsening crisis of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
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!
Join us for the launch of the Canadian Chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP – Canada) in Ottawa this coming May 11-12, 2019. Register on-line today via the following direct link: https://goo.gl/forms/tb0MBT3j0AuFwljf1 or via the REGISTRATION page. / Rejoignez-nous… Read More »Conference Registration now open! L’inscription est ouverte!