Subject:
[aipnee] REQUEST FOR SOLIDARITY on the worsening worsening political vilification including threats to indigenous human rights activists and development workers in Ifugao

Date:
Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:41:17 +0700

From:
Robie Halip <robie@aippnet.org>

Reply-To:
Robie Halip <robie@aippnet.org>

To:
iphrdefenders@lists.riseup.net, ipadbmonitor@lists.riseup.net, aipnee@lists.riseup.net

Dear All,

Our friends from Ifugao is requesting for support and solidarity in bringing to the attention of the Philippine government to address the worsening political vilification including threats to indigenous human rights activists and development workers. Recently, some of our colleagues working with the Ifugao Peasant Movement received threats with a photo of a blanket used by Ifugaos for the dead. It can be recalled that our colleague and friend, William Bugatti, who is from Ifugao and has been working with indigenous communities was gunned down by unidentified men last year and his case remains unresolved to date. William Bugatti is the Regional Council member of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN, Regional Council member of the Cordillera People’s Alliance representing the Ifugao Peasant Movement, and the provincial coordinator of Bayan Muna partylist. Despite threats to his life and security, he diligently assisted political prisoners and other victims of human rights violations until the day he was assassinated. He is survived by his wife and sons.

Ifugao particularly Tinoc (my hometown) is currently facing issues on extractive energy projects (hydropower and geothermal) which has been a cause for division among the communities. The projects are small scale in nature but the equitable benefit sharing has not been ensured and the impacts have not been clearly shared and explained to the affected communities. A number of our community leaders in Tinoc including human rights workers in Ifugao were included in the target list of the military.

To express your support to end death threats and political vilification in Ifugao and the struggle of the indigenous communities there to defend their land and resources, colleagues from the Philippines are requesting everyone to take a selfie/group photo with a placard “nurture the environment and uphold human rights in Ifugao” or you can make your own then post to facebook. #defendIfugao here’s the facebook page of this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1875391569352794/1875723905986227/ ( if you have problems accessing go to .. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Defend-Ifugao-Nurture-the-Environment-and-Uphold-Human-Rights/859392157468217?fref=ts) and here’s the page of the Ifugao Peasant Movement: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009510050222.

A letter of concern addressed to relevant government officials in the Philippines will be circulated soon for your endorsement.

Regards,

Robie