Press Releases

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015: A Call for International Solidarity against Destructive Mining

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) press statement
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2015

Unified in addressing various people‚Äôs concerns on destructive mining across the globe, various environmental advocates, campaigners, and grassroots leaders worldwide will be launching the International People‚Äôs Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) in Quezon City, Philippines from July 30 to August 1, with the theme ‚ÄúHighlighting people‚Äôs lives and struggles in defense of rights, the environment and a common future: An international conference of mining communities and peoples.‚ÄĚ

The IPCM aims to stimulate international inquiry, individual and collective action, and multi-sectora

Glencore exit from Tampakan project a victory for the people

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2015

Anglo-Swiss mining firm sells it shares in South Cotabato mining project

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) hailed as a victory for the people’s movement the divestment of Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore from the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, SOCSKSARGEN region.

“Glencore, potentially the largest mining project in the country to date, ultimately failed in the face of massive people’s resistance against foreign and large-scale mining.

Philippine army goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe

Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

73rd IB-PA goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe ‚ÄďKarapatan

Elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) operating in Sarangani province intensified military operations, under Oplan Bayanihan, victimizing members of the Blaan tribe. ‚ÄúThe unit is under the 10th ‚ÄúAgila‚ÄĚ Division of Gen. Eduardo A√Īo.

As Earth Day approaches: DOJ castigated over failure to resolve killings of environmental activists

Kalikasan PNE and TF-JED press release
Date of publication: 
20 April, 2015

Days before the celebration of the 2015 Earth Day, environmental and human rights advocates held a picket protest at the Department of Justice (DOJ) castigating what they said was the ‚Äėdismal performance‚Äô of public officials over the growing number of political killings and other human rights violations or HRVs towards environmental activists.

“The families, friends and comrades of environmental activists recorded to have been politically killed since 2001 are surely disappointed that five years have gone by under the current Aquino administration with still no resolution to their c

Concern on Tampakan Mining Project

SAC Marbel press release
Date of publication: 
9 March, 2015

This is to inform the public about the ongoing Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) processes that will determine whether the mining project in Tampakan, South Cotabato will push through or not.

NGO worker Delle Salvador is killed in Lacub, Cordillera

Justice for Engr. Delle Salvador!

Hold the 41st IB Accountable!

Joint Statement of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Cordillera Human Rights Alliance

11 September 2014

We cry out for justice for Engr. Fidela ‚ÄúDelle‚ÄĚ Salvador, staff of activist NGOs CDPC and CORDIS ‚Äď an engineer of the people, a woman and a mother, who was killed by troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a Northern Luzon Command-led military operation in Lacub, Abra participated in mainly by the 41st Infantry Battalion deployed in the area.

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New Special Rapporteur to focus on indigenous ‚Äúcollective‚ÄĚ rights

Tebtebba release -
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2014

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines ‚Äď A new United Nations indigenous woman official from the Philippines has pledged to promote ‚Äúcollective rights‚ÄĚand ‚Äúgood practices‚ÄĚin implementing international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples.

‚ÄúMy mandate, therefore, demands lots of research work because I have to come up with reports backed by solid evidence,‚ÄĚVictoria Tauli-Corpuz, the new Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, told supporters here recently.

The first-ever indigenous woman Special Rapporteur, who hails from Besao town, Mt.

Philippine Human Rights Group Discussed Concerns with UN Special Rapporteurs

KARAPATAN Press Statement
Date of publication: 
12 June, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland — Human rights advocates of the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights (EcuVoice), who are participating in the 26th United Nations Human Rights Council sessions, welcomed the information conveyed by two United Nations special rapporteurs on their official visits to the Philippines to conduct independent investigations on the human rights situation in the country.

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Dr.

UP forest advocates harassed, barred from tree planting in mining-affected area by mining security

Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 June, 2014

‚ÄėReforestation not allowed here,‚Äô police said to environmentalists

Environmental advocates condemned today the security forces of a mining corporation in Nueva Vizcaya province for harassing students and professors from the University of the Philippines (UP) trekking to the mining-affected community of Sitio Bit-ang, Barangay Runruno.

“Forest advocates from UP who were on a tree-planting activity in Barangay Runruno were harassed by heavily armed security personnel of FCF Minerals Corporation and local policemen.

Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2014

William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao.

In a text message received by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably was on his way home from the CHRA office when we was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao.