Human rights defenders call for safe environment online vs harassment, threats
by Jodesz Gavilan, RAPPLER
Human Rights Online Philippines’ project comes amid threats and harassment advocates have been receiving online ever since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs
On Thursday, August 31, Human Rights Online Philippines (HR Online PH) launched the “Protect Freedom of Expression” project which aims to establish a support mechanism for individuals and groups working on upholding human rights.
“Gusto natin na through this project, makagawa ng safe and just environment talaga (What we want to with this project is to create a safe and just environment),” Jerbert Briola, project coordinator of of HR Online PH, said.
The project gives a special focus on social media where human rights defenders have been attacked. Digital security trainings will be conducted for various organizations to better equip themselves in their advocacy projects online.
The project comes amid the “demonized” concept of human rights as advocates continue to criticize the violations under Duterte’s bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) shows that more than 3,500 suspected drug personalities have been killed in drug operations since July 2016. The number of people killed by vigilantes is still highly debated.
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