The Third World Studies Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of Ghent University started in January 2018 the research and advocacy project “Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines.”
This project brings together representatives from the academic community, civil society, and the media into a research network to undertake, initially, a collaborative research from January 2018 to December 2019. The overarching goal is to produce, and subsequently disseminate, rigorous research outputs that can sustain an evidence-based intervention in ongoing public debates in the Philippines about violence and tendencies towards authoritarianism.
With this project, we aim for an empirically informed analysis about the Duterte administration’s particular use of violence in its various iterations to govern the country. We seek to contribute to public debates about the state of violence in the Duterte administration and the Philippines in general. All of us are still grappling to make sense of current events and feel a need for more informed research and analysis that go beyond daily reporting and social media discussions. Amidst the polarized discussions between the opponents and the supporters of the current administration, we wish to make public research outputs that are based on hard evidence, on lived experiences, that will reinvigorate the narratives towards an effective critique of state violence. Mainly a critique of violence as abetted by the state as well as other consequent acts that revolve around the current state of violence. Importantly, this research will serve as the empirical backbone for the advocacy/outreach components of this project.
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