Human Rights-Militarisation

Green groups, Catholic bishops urge Pope Francis to stand for ecology against large-scale mining

Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2015

Twenty-three environmental groups and four Catholic bishops appealed to Pope Francis to intervene on the issue of ecological devastation and human rights violations brought about by large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

“We are appealing to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to support the call of the Filipino people to stop large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines. The mining liberalization policy in the past two decades have led to the destruction of marine and freshwater ecosystems, denudation of forests, and displacement of peoples.

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

by Katrina Pestaño and Jill Mangaliman - Seattle Globalist -
Date of publication: 
22 December, 2014

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines chanting “Defend ancestral land!” and “Glencore-Xstrata-SMI out now!” during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.

The mobilization, “Lakbayan,” meaning “People’s Journey,” stretched across approximately 100 miles from Dec. 8 through Dec.

On Human Rights Day, group scores PNoy for continued failure to uphold rights

Date of publication: 
10 December, 2014

On Human Rights Day Wednesday, a human rights group gave President Benigno Aquino III yet another failing grade for his leadership in human rights.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said the lack of a National Human Rights Action Plan allowed corporate-backed impunity.

Such impunity has in turn led to adverse impact on the environment and climate change, PAHRA said in a statement.

“Impunity lurks even amidst the typhoons and disasters,” said PAHRA chairman Max de Mesa, referring to what he called mining areas in Manicani, Samar and in Marinduque.


No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities

Date of publication: 
5 December, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization.

#16days - Indigenous women stand against all forms of VAW

Date of publication: 
1 December, 2014

“With the continuous mining in our communities, the indigenous women and the whole community continue to fight.”

MANILA – Indigenous women led by Bai Indigenous Women Network (BAI) protested at the Chino Roces Bridge (former Mendiola Bridge) on Thursday, Nov.

Philippines: It’s mining profit vs. indigenous peoples in Mindanao

KAMP statement, via
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Makati—Outraged indigenous Lumad people led protest actions in business offices of mining corporations in Metro Manila on Tuesday, demanding the withdrawal of mining corporations in their ancestral lands.

Some 200 protesters trooped the offices of Apex Mining Corporation, Sagittarius Mines Inc., TVI Resource Development, and Nickel Asia Corp.

Mindanao folks troop to Makati to warn mining companies: ‘Get out of Mindanao now’

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Anti-mining activists, environmental advocates and indigenous peoples from Mindanao held protest actions in front of the Makati offices of mining corporations responsible for environmental destruction and rampant human rights violations in the country’s southern region, namely the Filipino-Malaysia-owned Apex Mining, Canada-owned Toronto Venutres Inc (TVI), and Swiss-owned Glencore.

“This is a warning to these companies: get out now. The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day.

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

Family and kin of slain botanist Leonard Co to DOJ: Enough waiting, act now

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 November, 2014

After four years of no justice

Family, friends and supporters of the slain botanist Leonard Co and two others held a dialogue with officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, asking for the immediate resolution of Co’s killing and the punishment of the military perpetrators.

“Four years is too long a wait. The DOJ under Secretary De Lima should do its job and hasten the resolution of the case, as there is clear evidence and the perpetrators are known.

Mindanao local seeks Brits' help to fight mining giant

By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau -
Date of publication: 
13 November, 2014

LONDON – Mark Lopez has come a long way to save his community from one of the largest multinational companies in the world, which he claims is ruining Filipino lives in pursuit of gold.

Lopez gave a series of talks in England about the plight of local communities affected by the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, set to become the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines.

Anglo-Swiss corporation Glencore-Xstrata has a controlling stake in the project, operated locally by Sagittarius Mines, Inc.