The Philippines

From Our Member Karapatan Alliance Philippines (KARAPATAN), the Philippines – Karapatan Statement: Arbitrary designation of peace consultants under terror law a death warrant
31 May 2021 3:08 am

Karapatan: Arbitrary designation of peace consultants under terror law a death warrant The Anti-Terrorism Council’s designation of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants and peace panel members as “terrorists” under the Anti-Terrorism Act is “red-tagging in its most blatant and most dangerous,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted on Thursday, as the group [ Read more ]

From Our Member Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights (LILAK), the Philippines – LILAK’s Statement on the FTAA renewal of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI)
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May 11, 2021 LILAK’s Statement on the FTAA renewal of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) OCEANA’s MINING PERMIT RENEWAL – 25 more years of violence and destruction LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights) believes that President Duterte’s impending renewal of the mining agreement of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) for another 25 years presents clear and [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] The Philippines: Immediately rescind Executive Order 130, reject OceanaGold’s mining permit renewal
20 May 2021 4:25 pm

(Bangkok, 20 May 2021) – The Philippine government must immediately rescind Executive Order (EO) 130 and reject OceanaGold’s mining permit renewal as it imperils every Filipinos’ constitutional right to a safe and healthy environment. The Executive Order also guarantees continued impunity in a country dubbed as one of the most dangerous places for environmental human [ Read more ]

‘I vowed that from then on, I would use my liberty to promote Asian solidarity and the rights of others.’ – Interview with Ritz Lee B. Santos III, Executive Director of BALAOD Mindanaw
5 April 2021 2:25 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Ritz Lee B. Santos III, Executive Director of BALAOD Mindanaw, FORUM-ASIA’s member in the Philippines. In the interview, Ritz shared with us how ordinary people doing extraordinary work keeps him going, a defining moment that completely changed his thoughts on solidarity and how upholding human rights is a duty. How did you [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Philippines: Duterte’s administration should be held accountable for the killings of activists and human rights defenders
18 March 2021 5:41 pm

(Bangkok, 18 March 2021) ‒ The Philippine Government must face international accountability for its widespread killing of activists and human rights defenders, and the grave human rights violations it has committed, seven human rights groups said in a statement today. On 7 March 2021, members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the military killed nine [ Read more ]

From Our Member Karapatan Alliance Philippines (KARAPATAN), The Philippines – On SOJ’s statement at HRC46
5 March 2021 11:49 pm

On SOJ’s statement at HRC46 Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra in his speech before the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council missed a very important point regarding “working domestic accountability mechanisms” in the Philippines — that the killings continue. What’s worse is that the domestic mechanisms have allowed such to continue with impunity, with [ Read more ]

From Our Associate Member Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights (LILAK), the Philippines – Persisting Greed Amidst Tragedy: OceanaGold Philippines Inc
27 November 2020 3:38 am

Persisting Greed Amidst Tragedy: OceanaGold Philippines Inc by Shar Balagtas   Earlier one of our Tuwali women leaders called us – her voice shaking as she said, “Nakapasok na naman sila”. “Lima po sila.” On November 26, 2020, five oil tankers forced their way inside Barangay Didipio, a mining-affected community in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. The [ Read more ]

HRC45 Joint Oral Statement on Item 10: General Debate
7 October 2020 5:29 pm

45th session of the Human Rights Council Item 10: General Debate Oral statement delivered by Stella Anastasia, Human Rights Advisor and Network Coordinator at World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) on behalf of 14 organisations, including FORUM-ASIA 5th October 2020 Thank you, Madam President. On behalf of 14 organisations, including colleagues in the Philippines, we are [ Read more ]

HRC45 Oral Statement on Item 5: Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on the report of the Secretary-General on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights
2 October 2020 2:56 pm

45th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 5: Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on the report of the Secretary-General on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights Oral Statement Delivered by Benny Agus Prima On behalf of the Asian Forum [ Read more ]

From Our Member Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw (Balaod Mindanaw), The Philppines – Arrest of alleged child traffickers
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Arrest of alleged child traffickers Human trafficking and online sexual exploitation have greatly advanced in making human beings as a commodity especially in this rapidly globalized world. This monstrosity is an organized crime of the perpetrators and its customers. They must pay the price from gaining profit of the victims. KASO commends the arrest of two alleged human traffickers — [ Read more ]