[Statement] Humanrights group assails judge for soldier’s acquittal in couple’s slay in TagumCity -TFDP

Humanrights group assails judge for soldier’s acquittal in couple’s slay in TagumCity The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) assailed the judge for the military’s acquittal over the slaying of the couple Bacar and Carmen Japalali during a military operation headed by Sgt. Serafin Jerry Napoles last September 8, 2004 in Barangay Bincungan, Tagum City. In…

[Statement] Groups condemn dismissal of murder case against Army’s 27th IB -Justice for the Capion massacre DENIED

Groups condemn dismissal of murder case against Army’s 27th IB Justice for the Capion massacre DENIED Support groups of anti-mining communities affected by the Tampakan Copper Gold Project condemn the dismissal of the criminal charges against members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 27th Infantry Battalion. Last year, Oct 18, Juvy Capion and her…

Asian Human Rights Commission

[Urgent Appeal] Another activist faces threats in Davao del Sur -AHRC

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-129-2013 8 October 2013 —————————————————— PHILIPPINES: Another activist faces threats in Davao del Sur ISSUES: Threats and intimidation; human rights defenders —————————————————— Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that an activist in Davao del Sur is facing threats.…

[Press Release] Groups condemn ambush of B’laan leader and member in minerals-rich Davao del Sur -ATM

Groups condemn ambush of B’laan leader and member in minerals-rich Davao del Sur Demand immediate investigation, pullout of paramilitary groups Groups, supporting the opposition of indigenous peoples and faith-based organizations to the Tampakan Copper Gold Mining project, condemn the recent report of ambush of B’laans Eking Freay and his brother-in-law Sonnny Boy Planda on June…

[Statement] B’laan tribe members killed in alleged military ops -ATM

B’laan tribe members killed in alleged military ops SMI-Xstrata Mines-affected communities call for court martial, high-level investigation Tribal communities affected by the SMI-Xstrata Tampakan Copper-Gold Mining Project and their support groups are calling for a high level investigation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Commission on Human Rights on the escalating tension…

[In the news] Collateral damage -INQUIRER.com

Collateral damage. Philippine Daily Inquirer November 1st, 2012 SOME TWO weeks after an Army unit killed the wife and two sons of a B’laan tribal leader in Davao del Sur, the Armed Forces announced that the 13 soldiers involved—one lieutenant and 12 enlisted men—would be tried before a military court. We welcome the news, and…

[Press Release] Groups blame Xstrata-SMI: “Their blood are in your hands!” -ATM

Groups blame Xstrata-SMI: “Their blood are in your hands!” Mining is root cause of killing of indigenous peoples, envi advocates Manila—Anti-mining and human rights group led an indignation rally at the Sagittarius Mines Inc.-Xstrata (SMI-Xstrata) Head Office in Makati, Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame early today condemning the massacre of Capion Family in Kiblawan, Davao…

[Press Release] Digos, Davao del Sur – Tampakan mining project’s impending displacement and relocation of 2, 600 IP families tantamount to death – B’laans

Digos, Davao del Sur – Tampakan mining project’s impending displacement and relocation of 2, 600 IP families tantamount to death – B’laans Following the blocked entry of the church and human rights groups led fact-finding and solidarity mission to Bong Mal, Tampakan South cotabato 25 of the more than a thousand B’laan natives awaiting the…

[In the news] Fact-finding mission blocked from entering Sagittarius mine site -MindaNews

MindaNews » Fact-finding mission blocked from entering Sagittarius mine site. By Bong S. Sarmiento April 26, 2012 TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato — Members of a multi-sectoral fact-finding mission who trooped to the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. on Wednesday  to check alleged military abuses in the area were blocked by groups supposedly supportive…

[In the news] New history aims to aid peace efforts – www.cathnewsphil.com

New history aims to aid peace efforts CATHOLIC educators meeting in Davao City, southern Philippines, announced yesterday they aim to correct historical biases and inaccuracies about Mindanao and its inhabitants, especially the Muslims and indigenous people, in elementary and high school textbooks. Members of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), meeting for a…

[In the news] Supposed benefits from Mindanao mining project questioned – www.gmanews.tv

Supposed benefits from Mindanao mining project questioned Environmental activists have questioned claims that the $5.2-billion Tampakan Copper-Gold Project by Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) in South Cotabato would yield huge benefits for the national economy and for local communities around the mining area. “Hindi kami naniniwala sa sinasabi ng SMI at ng national government na malaki…