On the Philippine rights situation and int’l efforts to defend people’s rights: Page 2 of 2

Posted on 9 July 2019

have taken to filing perjury cases against rights defenders, while rights groups have been denied by courts to be protected from military harassment and “red tagging”. Despite growing evidence and efforts to exact accountability, impunity remains the norm while the presidency misleadingly insists that it “respects human rights.”

We call on the international community to strengthen efforts to hold the Philippine government accountable and serve justice to victims and their kin. We urge states at the UNHRC to support the adoption of the resolution towards investigations and measures for justice.

Other international CSOs have already released reports on “state executions” in the so-called “drug war,” and have called for support for rights defenders amid ongoing vilification campaigns. We enjoin civil society organisations, people’s organisations, and progressive parliamentarians to support the efforts of Philippine and international organisations, such as the Philippine Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Watch and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), against state-led violence and impunity, for the reversal of shrinking democratic spaces, and for the respect, defence and realisation of rights in the Philippines. #

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