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[Statement] A Historical Gathering of Human Rights Defenders A Convergence of Courage and Determination

A Historical Gathering of Human Rights Defenders A Convergence of Courage and Determination Launch of iDEFEND [In Defence of Human Rights and Dignity Movement ] Formerly Citizens’ Council for Human Rights August 12, 2016 Taimtim na Saludo at taas-kamao sa lahat na Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatang Pantao! This gathering of Human Rights Defenders to launch iDEFEND…

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[Statement] Marcos’ Crimes Will Never Be Forgotten -Balay

Marcos’ Crimes Will Never Be Forgotten Balay stands alongside martial law victims and activists against the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnMB). The LnMB is a national shrine meant to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and brought honor to our country. It is meant…

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[Statement] All Filipinos casualties if impunity continues in Duterte anti-drug and anti-crime campaign -ALG

All Filipinos casualties if impunity continues  in Duterte anti-drug and anti-crime campaign   The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) Inc. asserts that human rights and due process must be upheld  in the continuing anti-drug and anti-crime campaign under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. As a national coalition of legal resource nongovernmental organizations that adhere to…

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[Statement] Solidarity with and Justice for Indigenous Peoples! -ATM

ATM Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Solidarity with and Justice for Indigenous Peoples! August 4, 2016 Alyansa Tigil Mina, an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups from civil society, which opposes the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines, is strongly supporting the Indigenous Peoples (IP) and…

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[Statement] ATM Statement on the SONA of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte

ATM Statement on the SONA of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte July 26, 2016 Quezon City – ATM welcomes the clear pronouncements of Pres. Duterte related to environment concerns.  Specifically, Pres. Duterte gave instructions that permits and contracts of mining, logging and other environment-sensitive projects will be reviewed.  He further stated that should it be needed,…

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[Statement] ATM Statement on recent DENR positions on mining

ATM Statement on recent DENR positions on mining July 13, 2016 ATM welcomes the pronouncements of DENR Sec. Gina Lopez on mining issues.  Particularly, we support the moves to immediately conduct an audit of all mining project, a moratorium on mining applications, and her personal position against open-pit mining.  Our alliance also believes that Sec.…

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[Statement] Gloria Capitan: Killed for defending people’s right to a healthy environment -Kilusan

Gloria Capitan: Killed for defending people’s right to a healthy environment Gloria Capitan rose to become a community leader starting from her genuine concern for the health and future of her grandchildren and all the children residing in Barangay Lucanin, Marivelez, Bataan.  Gloria became an environment activist with social and political consciousness. She actively defended,…

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[Statement] Human rights group condemns the killing of woman human rights defender, appeals to Duterte for justice -MAG

Human rights group condemns the killing of woman human rights defender, appeals to Duterte for justice The Medical Action Group (MAG), health and human rights group, appeals to the government to take immediate and concrete actions to investigate the killing of human rights defender in Mariveles, Bataan. A day after President Rody Duterte sworn into…

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[Statement] on the Restoration of the Death Penalty and the “Shoot-to-Kill” Policy -FLAG

Statement on the Restoration of the Death Penalty and the “Shoot-to-Kill” Policy The FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP [FLAG] strongly opposes the incoming government’s efforts to restore the death penalty and adopt and implement a “shoot-tokill” policy. These actions are illegal and unconstitutional, render our legal system impotent and meaningless, and blatantly violate international law. The…

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[Statement] AFAD Statement on the Commemoration of the International Week of the Disappeared 2016

AFAD Statement on the Commemoration of the International Week of the Disappeared 2016 May 23-27, 2016 – Every year on this week, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, as an integral part of the global movement against enforced disappearances, commemorates the International Week of the Disappeared. First commemorated by the Latin American Federation of Associations…

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[Statement] Duterte Harry Has Been Dirty For a Long Time The new president of the Philippines has been bragging about murdering “criminals” for at least a decade. -HRW

Duterte Harry Has Been Dirty For a Long Time The new president of the Philippines has been bragging about murdering “criminals” for at least a decade. By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/05/17/duterte-harry-has-been-dirty-long-time In May 2015, Rodrigo Duterte invited my colleagues and I for some rest and relaxation in Davao City,…

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[Statement] Alyansa Tigil Mina challenges Duterte Admin to address mining, environmental issues

Alyansa Tigil Mina challenges Duterte Admin to address mining, environmental issues Alyansa Tigil Mina, a national coalition of more than 130 members and 21 local multi-sectoral alliances in the provincial Sites of Struggles collectively confronting the promotion of destructive large-scale mining in the Philippines, challenges incoming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to stand by his promise…