[Press Release] The US Congress continues to be concerned about human rights violations by the Philippine Army”. -EANP

The US Congress continues to be concerned about human rights violations by the Philippine Army”. In an appropriations bill signed by president Obama on December 15, the US Congress expressed serious concern about the lack of progress on human rights by the Philippine Army. The bill appropriates $50 million in credits for the Armed Forces…

[Statement] Human Rights Watch on the $40 million military aid

“The $40 million military aid that US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to the Philippines is restricted to maritime security assistance and counter-terrorism training for the police in Mindanao. We note that none of it will go to the Philippine Army, a traditional recipient of US foreign military financing – and there’s a reason…

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.…

[Statement] Protect the right to defend human rights! Freedom and Justice for Women Human Rights Defenders! -TFDP

Protect the right to defend human rights! Freedom and Justice for Women Human Rights Defenders! Even with the existence of laws supposedly protecting women from violence, there are still women including those working with human rights and peoples’ issues who are subjected to killings, enforced disappearance, torture, illegal arrests and detention and other human rights…

[Statement] 30 pieces of silver for SMI’s security -Tampakan Forum

30 pieces of silver for SMI’s security Statement of Tampakan Forum on SMI’s funding of KITACO and CAFGUs 25 February 2013 It is deplorable. Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante disclosed during the Congressional hearing of the National Cultural Communities of the House of Representatives last 21 February 2013 that Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is actually providing…

[Press Release] Kiblawan mayor confirms Sagittarius Mines link to escalating militarization in Tampakan -ATM

Kiblawan mayor confirms Sagittarius Mines link to escalating militarization in Tampakan Says military receives subsidy for allowance and operations Koronadal City – Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante disclosed that Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is actually providing funds for the allowance and operations of the military and paramilitary groups within the towns of Kiblawan, Tampacan, Columbio, all…

[Statement] More than action, we need political will -CLRD

More than action, we need political will The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc. (CLRD) condemns in strongest term the massacre of members of the B’laan tribe on 18 October 2012 in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. The killing was beyond inhumane, a violation not only of the human rights of the victims but is…

[Statement] Urgently Adopt all Necessary Measures to Guarantee Life, Integrity, and Safety of HRDs -HRD Pilipinas

Urgently Adopt all Necessary Measures to Guarantee Life, Integrity, and Safety of HRDs On the occasion of the International Human Rights day on December 10, 2012, the Human Rights Defenders–Pilipinas (HRDP) salutes all working women and men in reclaiming the dignity of persons and those who continuously strive towards the achievement of all human rights…

[Appeal] Letter of concern regarding the investigations and processes undertaken by PNP and PA in the Capion killings -PAHRA

GEN. NESTOR FAJURA Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office Philippine National Police COL. ERICK PARAYNO Chief, Human Rights Office, Philippine Army November 5, 2012 Sir, Warm greetings. With due respect to the Kiblawan Philippine National Police (PNP) Progress Spot Reports and the Press Release of the 10th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army (PA), the…

[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] B’laan family in Tampakan massacred allegedly by 27th Infantry Battalion -ATM

B’laan family in Tampakan massacred allegedly by 27th Infantry Battalion Anti-mining groups condemn growing number of killings Quezon city—Groups condemn the murder of the family of an anti-mining B’laan tribal leader early this morning in Bong Mal, South Cotabato. Alyansa Tigil Mina received reports that between 6:00-6:30 in the morning soldiers under the command of…

Asian Human Rights Commission

[Urgent Appeal] Indigenous leader opposing mining murdered -AHRC

3 May 2012 —————————————————— PHILIPPINES: Indigenous leader opposing mining murdered ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; human rights defenders —————————————————— Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned about the killing of an indigenous leader inside his domicile in Bukidnon province. Since 2011, the victim has been receiving threats to his life from members of…

[In the news] Why would the Army abduct Jonas Burgos? -RAPPLER.com

Why would the Army abduct Jonas Burgos?. BY GLENDA M. GLORIA, RAPPLER.com April 28, 2012 MANILA, Philippines – Sometime in 2006, an Army battalion in the northern province of Bulacan was alerted about communist infiltration in its ranks. A young lieutenant was supposedly feeding guerrillas sensitive intelligence data from the military. The Army then plotted…

[In the news] Opol mayor lauds raid vs illegal miners -MindaNews

MindaNews » Opol mayor lauds raid vs illegal miners. By Erwin Mascariñas March 1, 2012 OPOL, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/29 February) – Mayor Dexter B. Yasay lauded the raid against illegal miners operating along the Iponan River of this town last Tuesday, saying the drive will be even more fruitful now that his undermanned police force…

[Press Release] PHILIPPINES: Human Rights Council must act on widespread arbitrary dismissals of torture complaints and resultant impunity -AHRC

PHILIPPINES: Human Rights Council must act on widespread arbitrary dismissals of torture complaints and resultant impunity The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform and seek the intervention of the Human Rights Council and the Special Rapporteur on torture concerning the frequent dismissals of complaints of torture, which speak to a system of legal…

[In the news] 2 Palparan co-accused transferred to military detention- InterAksyon.com

2 Palparan co-accused transferred to military detention by Abigail Kwok and Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com   MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.) The two soldiers co-accused with retired Major General Jovito Palparan in the 2006 kidnapping of two students from the University of the Philippines were transferred to a military detention facility last week, the Philippine…