[From the web] Statement on killings of human rights defenders -Metro Manila Pride

“Pride is, at its core, a political space built on the backs of human rights defenders. We cannot stand idly by as fellow activists are violently persecuted while they work on cultural and legislative reform.” #ResistTogether

Statement on killings of human rights defenders
Stop the attacks

On June 15, human rights activists Ryan Hubilla and Nelly Bagasala were gunned down in broad daylight, less than a kilometer away from the City Police Office. This attack happened following the heavy, targeted periodic surveillance of Karapatan members by government security forces. They are two out of four human rights activists slain in the region, in less than a week.

Ryan was set to appear as a witness in the Court of Appeals, where Karapatan and other human rights groups have lodged a petition seeking writ of amparo and habeas data.

He was a high school senior, co-founder of Anakbayan-Sorsogon, and an out gay 22-year-old.

His death, along with the recent killings of Karapatan Sorsogon leader Nelly Bagsala, Kasama Bukidnon member Nonoy Palma, Neptali Morada of Bayan Muna, and the bombings of Mangyan communities in Mindoro, are part of the alarming spate of violence suffered by human rights defenders in the Philippines.

Commenting on these events, Manila Officer PO3 Jupiter B. Tajonera of the Homicide Investigation Unit said, “Fight the stupid fight, you die a stupid death.”

According to Karapatan, 134 human rights defenders have been killed since Duterte took office in 2016. The links between the Duterte administration’s endorsement of targeted attacks, the AFP-PNP’s emulated rhetoric, and the rise of violence against human rights defenders are difficult to deny.

A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY

We condemn in the strongest terms the slaying of these human rights defenders.

We call for a stop to the vicious attacks and silencing suffered by activists and marginalized groups resisting oppression.

Pride is, at its core, a political space built on the backs of human rights defenders. We cannot stand idly by as fellow activists are violently persecuted while they work on cultural and legislative reform.

We call for solidarity across all sectors. The struggle of the LGBTQIA+ community is the struggle of women is the struggle of the urban poor is the struggle of the indigenous peoples is the struggle of the common Filipino.

PRIDE IS A PROTEST

JUSTICE FOR RYAN HUBILLA
JUSTICE FOR NANAY NELLY

JUSTICE FOR ALL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

#ResistTogether

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