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Amnesty International: INDIVIDUAL AT RISK
James Balao, an activist working on Indigenous Peoples rights, was forcibly disappeared on 17 September 2008 in
Baguio City, Philippines. He was last seen near his home being roughly bundled by armed men into a white van.
One of the men who took him shouted at onlookers, and told them not to interfere becuase they were police officers
arresting James. A court has ordered the authorities to reveal where he is, and do no further harm to him, but has
not authorised his family to look for him in places of detention. He is one of hundreds of Filipinos who involuntarily
disappear and have not been found.
James, a member of the Indigenous Benguet Ibaloi tribe in the Cordillera region in Northern Philippines, dedicated
himself to research and fighting for Indigenous Peoples rights, particularly ancestral land rights. He helped write
articles in the Philippine Constitution pertaining to Indigenous Peoples. He is one of the founding members of the
Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), which today is an alliance of local organizations from the different Indigenous
tribes in the Cordillera region.
Join the call to Surface James Balao and Stop EnforcedDisappearances in the Philippines.
Take photos of yourself or with friends, ideally in front of a local landmark to show international solidarity, holding
up a message such as: “End Enforced Disappearances — the world is watching” or “Where is James Balao?” The photos will be used as part of an international solidarity campaign on the one-year anniversary of James’ disappearance, as well as other campaigns against enforced or involuntary disappearances. Email photos email@example.com by 31 October 2009.