[From the web] Assault on human rights defenders in the Philippines at crisis point -TFDP

As we mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), it is, we firmly believe, as relevant today as it was when it was adopted 71 years ago. Human rights defenders, environmental activists, indigenous peoples rights defenders, lawyers and journalists in the country are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence,…

[From the web] Balay celebrates graduation of ALS Learners in Bagong Silang

Balay Rehabilitation Center has given recognition to 26 learners in its Alternative Learning Center for passing the accreditation and equivalency exam administered by the Department of Education to students who completed the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program. The passers represent 37% of the total learners currently enrolled in the Balay ALS program. The ceremony was…

[From the web] Ring the Bells to Stop the Killings! Rings the Bells, as a call for Addressing the Roots of Armed Conflict!

Is it not divine providence that the International Human Rights Day is observed during the Christian Season of Advent? We wait—like captive Israel of old—for a new dawning of God’s justice and peace. How befiting for human rights day to fall at this time! The human rights situation in the Philippines is dismal. In Negros…

[From the web] CHR stands in solidarity with human rights defenders, calls out attacks against them

Quezon City—On 09 December 2019, a day before the celebration of the International Human Rights Day, the Commission on Human Rights hosted a solidarity event convening human rights defenders, activists, and supporters around the country to amplify the call to end the unabated clampdown on human rights workers. “We thank everyone for joining us in…

[From the web] Manila city council declares Panday Sining ‘persona non grata’ -Rappler.com

Members of artist group Panday Sining have been declared as “persona non grata” by the Manila city council, the Manila Public Information Office announced on Friday, December 6. “Manila City Council passes resolution declaring militant group ‘Panday Sining’ as persona non grata in the nation’s capital,” the office tweeted. The resolution came after the group…

[From the web] Statement of Task Force TAMASCO on the 2nd Anniversary of the TAMASCO 8 massacre in South Cotabato

Justice remains elusive two years since the killing of eight members of the T’boli-Manobo indigenous people in Mindanao who are locked in a struggle with a coffee plantation over land. Task Force Tamasco, a group of non-governmental organizations supporting the T’boli-Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO), condemns the agonizingly slow action of the Department of Environment…

[From the web] Green Groups Vow Support for QC’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic and Paper Disposables -ecowastecoalition.org

In response to the plea made by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, various ecology groups signified their support for groundbreaking citywide policies aimed at reducing the volume of single-use plastics and other residual wastes. At a press conference held yesterday, Belmonte announced the promulgation of Ordinance No.2876, which bans the distribution and use of single-use…

[From the web] Duterte is making a big mistake – by Christian Gultia and Ernesto Neri

Political persecution and killings of activists and human rights defenders have been consistently at the top of the government’s agenda since Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency in 2016. To date, more than 2,000 human rights defenders have already been attacked through various forms including threat, intimidation, harassment, trumped-up charges, and extrajudicial killing. The massive crackdown…

[From the web] Duterte’s drug war is a war against human rights -PhilRights

PhilRights’ documentation of alleged EJK cases reveals that human rights violations committed against the victims of alleged EJKs, their families, and their communities are systemic, coordinated, sequential, and comprehensive. QUEZON CITY – More than being a war on the poor, Duterte’s drug war is ‘an unrelenting war against human rights,’ the Philippine Human Rights Information…

[From the web] Defending the Philippines -Global Witness

Environmental activists at the mercy of business at all costs Duterte’s broken promises are leaving activists at the mercy of business at all costs in the Philippines, the country with the most killings of land and environmental defenders in 2018. In 2018, 30 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines, making it the…

[From the web] People’s resistance to RCEP intensifies, amplifying #NotoRCEP call! -Focus on the Global South

As governments scramble to save the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement , peoples from Southeast Asia have consolidated their strong opposition to this ambitious and unjust trade and investment agreement Meeting at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN Peoples Forum held recently in Thailand under the Convergence Space on Trade, Investment and Corporate…

[From the web] Human rights, Religious and Democracy groups commemorate martial law with cultural performance

Quezon City- Members and networks of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Peoples’ Coalition for Authentic Democracy (PCAD) and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) held last Saturday, September 21 a joint program commemorating 47 years since martial law was declared…

[From the web] Kayabangan at kasakiman, bunga ng kawalan ng pakialam sa kapwa at kalikasan -Veritas

Pinasinayaan ng Kanyang Kabunyian Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ang Solar Power Facility ng Holy Apostles Senior Seminary sa Guadalupe Makati, ika-17 ng Septyembre. Ayon kay Cardinal Tagle, isang magandang hakbang ito lalo na ngayong buwan na ipinagdiriwang din ang Season of Creation. Binigyang diin ng Arsobispo ng Maynila na ang paggamit sa natural…

[From the web] Stop Oceanagold’s illegal mining operations -ATM

BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA – Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) together with its local partners, the Nueva Vizcaya Quirino Waterwatch, Alyansa ng Magsasaka para sa Kalikasan ng Kasibu, and Didipio Earth Savers Movement (DESAMA) declare their rejection of the continued illegal and destructive operations of OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI). One hundred local farmers and indigenous peoples from…