Statements

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

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/391913/news/nation/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.

“Resi

Position paper on the Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Source: 
Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement (MPPM) statement
Date of publication: 
29 October, 2014

MPPM POSITION PAPER DELIVERED DURING THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON BANGSAMORO BASIC BILL OF THE AD HOC BBL COMMITTEE ON OCTOBER 29, 2014

Honorable Congressmen and Congresswomen, esteemed guests, good afternoon.

It is our honor to be invited as one of the resource speakers of this Committee’s congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Stop the military operations in Lacub, Abra

Source: 
Joint Statement of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) call on all units under the 5th and 7th Infantry Divisions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stop its ongoing military operations and terrorism in Lacub, Abra province, for the safety of the communities and to give way to for the communities to attend to their livelihood.

We urgently call on government officials and local government units in Abra province, including the Church, and to all who believe in life, to call on the AFP to stop its military operations in Lacub.

The Philippines is a

State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014

Source: 
Statement from State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) Meeting
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2014

Indigenous Peoples – For Truth, Justice, Peace & Equality!

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends

Condemn the Massacre of the Ligiw Family by the 41st Infantry Battalion!

Source: 
Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) statement
Date of publication: 
10 March, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) strongly denounces the massacre and brutal killing of Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw, Edie Ligiw and their father Licuben Ligiw on March 2, 2014 in Sukaw, Domenglay, Baay-Licuan, Abra by elements of the 41st Infantry Battalion, which has a notorious track record of rights violations in Abra, such as indiscriminate firing, arrest and detention, harassment and intimidation of community members. The victims’ bodies were recovered on March 8 by kakailian in a shallow grave near the victims’ pacalso, a temporary shelter for farmers and small-scale miners.

Philippines’ indigenous woman leader named to United Nations post

Source: 
Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service
Date of publication: 
10 March, 2014

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Filipino indigenous woman leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has been named as Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples rights, a position in which she will assess the condition of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples worldwide.

United Nations Human Rights Council president Boudelaire Ndong Ella confirmed Tauli-Corpuz’s selection on March 3, noting her “active involvement with United Nations and multi-stakeholder cross-regional bodies on indigenous issues and her past collaboration with and commitment to constructive engagement among governme

Philippines: Justice for all the Lumad leaders victims of Heinious killings!

Source: 
KATRIBU Partylist statement
Date of publication: 
18 February, 2014

KATRIBU Partylist strongly condemns the ruthless killing of Datu Rolando Ambongan, 39 years old, on January 31, 2014 at around 7:20 in the evening near their house at P-2, Brgy. Guinabasan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Also wounded in this incident is his nephew, Janmar Ambongan Sulhayan, from the strafing of their house. Datu Ambongan is an active member of the KATRIBU Partylist – Buenavista Chapter.

Witnesses identified Eddie Ampiawan a.k.a Komander Bawang, leader of the armed para-military group Alimaong or Bagani Force as the perpetrator of the killing of Datu Ambongan.

Philippines: 1500 IPs attended 1st Visayas-wide Rights Platform Consultation

Source: 
AIPP - http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-news-release-1500-ips-attended-1st-visayas-wide-ppipr-consultation/
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2014

Baranggay Aglinab, Tapaz, Capiz. They came by teams, in batches of 10s, and groups of 20s and 30s.

Human Rights Day 2013 – Focus on the Philippines

Source: 
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) Statement
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2013

The 10th December 2013 marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration has encouraged governments, and others, to promote and protect the human rights of people; historic advances have been made in many countries.

At this time, we are mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest figures in recent history, who gave his life to affirming human dignity and to confronting and fighting against all that belittles and undermines it.

Message of solidarity to Tampakan mobilisation

Source: 
War on Want (UK), PIPLinks (UK) and Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines UK
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2013

War on Want & PIPLinks, stand in solidarity with the people of Tampakan and their supporters in opposition to the proposed Glencore Xstrata – SMI mine. We salute the 4 day mobilisation taking place on 7-10 December.

We deplore the harm that has already been caused by the efforts of the company, allied with the national government, to push through this project. We particularly mourn the many deaths that have been associated with the project, including the local B’laan who have lost their lives for standing up for their right to determine their own future.