Human Rights-Militarisation

Indigenous activist slain in San Luis, Agusan del Sur

Source: 
Katungod Lumad Alert
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

Another indigenous activist has added to the increasing figure of extrajudicial killings of Lumad in Mindanao. Lito Abion, 44 years old, a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) driver, was waiting for passengers when he was fired upon by two gunmen on September 28, 2015.

He was a member of Tagdumahan, a Lumad (collective term for the indigenous peoples of Mindanao) organization in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. Tagdumahan has been resisting the entry of mining in the ancestral lands of the Banwaon and Manobo peoples in Agusan del Sur.

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

Source: 
http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=64757
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Philippines - 100 teachers, students blocked in Talaingod

Source: 
By Rhealyn C. Pojas, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/09/28/100-teachers-students-blocked-talaingod-432844
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2015

OVER a 100 teachers, students, and members of a progressive group were allegedly blocked on Monday by the military and some members of paramilitary group recognized by the lumads while on their way to a school in Talaingod, Davao del Norte to attend a founding anniversary and festival.

Save Our Schools (SOS) Network in Southern Mindanao Spokesperson Rius Valle said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao that 116 persons including 44 elementary and high school students were not able to reach the Salugpongan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center since they were blocked by the mili

Philippines: Paramilitaries Attack Tribal Villages, Schools

Source: 
Human Rights Watch Statement - https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/23/philippines-paramilitaries-attack-tribal-villages-schools
Date of publication: 
23 September, 2015

Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

(Manila) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and schools in the southern region of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today.

Philippines: UN experts urge probe into killings of three Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders

Source: 
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16481&LangID=E
Date of publication: 
22 September, 2015

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called on the Philippines Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings of three human rights defenders in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, which is currently affected by armed conflicts.

One of the human rights defenders killed was the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV), a school providing education to indigenous youth who live in the mo

Lumad killings and counterinsurgency

Source: 
Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Streetwise - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=lumad-killings-and-counterinsurgency&id=115641
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Today, Sept. 21, we commemorate the anniversary of the Dictator Marcos’ declaration of martial law and say “Never again!” This constitutes our collective denunciation of the evils spawned by 14 years of the brutally repressive, thieving and lying US-backed Marcos dictatorship.

Lumads hold dialogue with UN experts, rallies support against ongoing militarization, killings in communities

Source: 
IPMSDL Secretariat statement
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Manila, Philippines—Indigenous Peoples organizations facilitated a dialogue with United Nations Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz last 16 September 2015 on the recent spate of Lumad killings in Mindanao. Edtami Mansayagan, a Lumad himself and a member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was also present in the dialogue.

Green group marches to Mendiola, holds PNoy accountable for mining disasters

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
17 September, 2015

“INTEGRIDAD NG TAO AT EKOLOHIYA IPAGLABAN, GANID NG PANDAIGDIGANG INDUSTRIYA NG MINA WAKASAN!

Teduray woman wins award for peace-building in Maguindanao

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Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/721693/teduray-woman-wins-award-for-peace-building-in-maguindanao#ixzz3lhTNJGjE
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2015

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao—A Teduray woman was recently named the lone Filipino winner of this year’s N-Peace Awards for her passionate work as an advocate of peace and nonviolent action.

Jo Genna Martin Jover of Maguindanao province was being credited for organizing members of her tribe to continue working for justice “amid such injustices as intrusion into their traditional lands.” She has also been working hard to bring about change in “lumad” and Moro communities in Maguindanao by adopting strategies of nonviolence and peace-building.

N-Peace is the Bangkok-based multicou

Surigao Sur evacuees swell to 2,700 as military, para-military ops continue

Source: 
InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/117132/surigao-sur-evacuees-swell-to-2700-as-military-para-military-ops-continue---karapatan
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2015

Surigao Sur evacuees swell to 2,700 as military, para-military ops continue – Karapatan

MANILA – The number of lumad (indigenous people) forced to evacuate their homes in Surigao del Sur have swollen to more than 2,700 as military and para-military operations continue, the human rights group Karapatan said in a news release Sunday.

Karapatan identified the military and para-military groups that are frightening people away from their homes and communities as the 36th Infantry Battalion, 75th Infantry Battalion, Special Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the bandi