Dear Friends,

Today, 21 September, on the 45th anniversary of Marcos’ Martial Law, the Filipino people protest Martial Law in Mindanao declared by Mr. Duterte last May 23, 2017.

In Geneva, Switzerland, the Philippines UPR Watch joined other Filipino organizations based in Switzerland in calling for an end to Martial Law and a Stop to the Killings in the Philippines, among others.

For videos and photos: https://www.facebook.com/ICHRPhilippines/

In solidarity,

International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines
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KARAPATAN HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATES

Apologies for any cross-posting. Thank you for understanding.

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PH is moving from de facto martial law to open fascist rule – Karapatan

Philippine UPR Delegation to hold protest rally at the UN vs. Duterte’s tyrannical rule
publicinfo: Sep 21 10:12AM

Dear friends,
 
 
We are sharing with you two statements from the delegation of Filipino human rights defenders who are participating at the UN Human Rights Council session on the outcomes of the Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review.
 
 
Karapatan Public Information Desk
 
 
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Press Release | 21 September 2017
 
 
References (Heads of Delegation):
 
Atty. Ephraim Cortez, Secretary General, National Union of Peoples Lawyers, +639175465798
 
Roneo Clamor, Deputy Secretary General, Karapatan, +639997721233
 
 
Philippine UPR Delegation to hold protest rally at the UN vs. Duterte’s tyrannical rule
 
 
The 13-person delegation of the Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch will hold a protest rally
at the United Nations today as a show of support to the protest rally in Metro Manila against rising tyranny in the Philippines and to seek the support of UN member states and non-government organizations who are participating in the final session for the 2017 UN Universal Periodic Review
(UPR ) of Human Rights in the Philippines.
 
 
The protest rally at the famous Broken Chair near Palais de Nations, the venue for the 36th Session, will be participated in by different Filipino organizations who are presenting a case to the UN against the rising death toll under the Duterte administration due to his war on drugs, implementation of the US global “war on terror”, extra-judicial killing and the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
 
 
The rally was planned to be conducted simultaneously with the rally in Metro Manila led by the Movement Against Tyranny which calls for a stop to the return of dictatorship in the Philippines and oppose all steps being done by the Duterte administration allies such as the impeachment process
being prepared against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, the continued harassment of human rights defenders and activists.
 

“We appeal to the world leaders who are meeting today not to support the Duterte administration’s attack on the Filipino people and to hold his administration responsible for the hundreds of death due both to his anti-illegal drugs campaign called ‘Operation Tokhang” and politically-motivated killings under Oplan Kapayapaan,” said Roneo Clamor, spokesperson and co-head of delegation of the Philipine UPR Watch.
 
 
Delegates from the peasant sector, Lumad and Moro people will give testimonies on the impact of Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao and the use of military airstrikes that has caused the massive loss of lives and properties in Marawi.
 
 
The Philippine UPR Watch is composed of the 13-member delegation of rights defenders and sectoral representatives from peoples’ organizations, churches and institutions, some of whom have also been recently subjected to rights violations. They are as follows: Atty. Ephraim Cortez, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (co-head of the delegation), Roneo S. Clamor, KARAPATAN (co-head of the delegation); members: Eufemia Cullamat, Amirah Lidasan, Sandugo, Sharon Cabusao, Gabriela, Mary Joan Guan, Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), Eule Bonganay, Childrens’ Rehabilitation Center
(CRC), Johanna Dela Cruz, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Maria Teofelina Morales, wife of Bishop Carlo Morales and from NCCP, Beverly Longid, IPMSDL-RMP, Antonio Flores, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Bro. Ciriaco Santiago of Rise-Up, Angie Gonzales and Doris Wilson of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).
 

News Release | Sept 20, 2017
 
 
References :
 
References (Heads of Delegation):
Atty. Ephraim Cortez, Secretary General, National Union of Peoples Lawyers, +639175465798
Roneo Clamor, Deputy Secretary General, Karapatan, +639997721233
 
 
Philippine UPR Watch Delegation hold meeting with Swedish Mission in Geneva
 
 
The Swedish Mission to the United Nations expressed concern over the increasing human rights violations perpetrated by the Duterte administration against the Filipino people. Ms. Anna Enval, head of the Swedish Mission to the United Nations held a dialogue with members of the Philippine UPR Watch to discuss the human rights situation in the Philippines.
 
 
Roneo Clamor, Secretary General of Kaparatan, provided updates on the increasing number of abductions and killings linked to the Duterte administration’s counter insurgency and war on drugs campaigns.
 
 
Amirah Lidasan of Sandugo, a broad coalition of indigenous organizations in the Philippines, stressed that the indigenous peoples and communities face the threat of ethnocide as they are displaced from their ancestral lands because of the continuing martial law in Mindanao and military bombings of indigenous communities. Lidasan also denounced the deliberate omission of the ongoing attacks on Lumad schools in Mindanao in the Philippine government representative’s report to the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples in the afternoon of September 20.
 
 
Eule Bonganay of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center shared how Lumad school teachers who painstakingly serve the Lumad children in remote areas of Mindanao have been charged by the Duterte administration with trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms, arson, and child trafficking. At
present, about 70% of Lumad schools had been closed or rendered non-operational because of military occupation by soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippine. These Lumad schools are duly recognized by the Department of Education and local government, and some had even received
awards from these bodies for excellent service. 
 

Enval expressed the mission’s support in the Filipino campaign for respect for human rights as she reiterated the importance of listening to reports from the ground which provide a clearer picture of the human rights situation in the Philippines.
 
 
The Philippine UPR Watch delegation interacted with other international human rights advocates and organizations to bring to the attention of the international community, the grim situation of human rights in the Philippines as well as gather support for the Filipino peoples’ for the struggle against the imminent return of tyrannical rule through the Duterte administration.
 
 
The Philippine UPR Watch delegation co-headed by Atty. Ephraim Cortez of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and Roneo Clamor of Karapatan is composed of 13 representatives from different sectoral and human rights organizations. They will continue to engage in dialogues with different
Special Rapporteurs and organizations to highlight the Philippine case and campaign for the adoption of relevant provisions that address the dire human rights situation in the Philippines. #
     
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SELDA NEWS: Victims of Marcos’ martial law rage against Duterte’s fascism, threats of nationwide ML
Selda Philippines: Sep 21 01:19PM +0800

News Release
 
21 September 2017
 
 
 
 
Victims of Marcos’ martial law rage against Duterte’s fascism, threats of nationwide ML
 
 
 
“Habang buhay kaming mga naglamay noong diktadurang Marcos, hindi namin patatahimikin itong presidenteng hibang sa martial law at gusto ring maging diktador *(As long as we who kept vigil under the Marcos dictatorship are alive, we will not stand down with a president who’s obsessed with martial
and wants to become a dictator himself).”
 
 
 
These were the strong words of Trinidad Repuno, newly-elected chairperson of SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) as they join the anti-martial law protests set today in Mendiola and Luneta, led by Movement Against Tyranny and organizations under Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).
 
 
 
“We have survived through the worst. Fascists like Marcos and Duterte create a mindset of possible violence and chaos in the face of nascent protests . Look at how Duterte portrayed our rallies today. But who has sowed terror and violence among the people? The militarist policies to kill in the name of the war on drugs, and counter-insurgency have wreaked havoc among poor families and communities?” Repuno explained.
 
 
Selda said the Duterte regime has ceased to effect change, it has allowed the dominance of its fascist minions in the military and the Cabinet, it now transformed itself into a monstrous regime opting to oppress the people whom he has promised to liberate from poverty, bureaucratic corruption and
criminality.
 
 
“They are so obsessed with martial law, that they will grab every opportunity to justify a dictatorship, while the people demand a stop to killings, and respect to their rights. That only goes to show that Duterte has become another warmongering regime in favor of pursuing the interests of the few and not the people,” said Repuno.
 
 
Many of them of old age and frail health, SELDA members agreed to join the protests at their recently-held national assembly in Quezon City.
 
 
“Di pa rin kami titigil, laluna sa mga nangyayaring pagpatay sa mga mahihirap. Bilang mga miyembro ng Selda, di namin pinapayagan ang ganitong panggagahis sa mamamayan. Nilabanan namin ang pasistang si Marcos noon, lalabanan din namin ang pasismo ni Duterte ngayon (We will not stop just
yet, with the poor being killed. As members of Selda, we do not allow these attacks against the people. We fought the fascist Marcos before, we shall fight Duterte’s fascism now),” said Repuno.
 
 
Repuno explained that ultimately, they continue standing for the next generation.
 
 
“The Duterte regime cannot resolve decades-old problems of the country — poverty, landlessness, unemployment. The Philippines has further wallowed in crisis, as the Duterte regime continues to adopt policies favoring foreign business and the few powerful oligarchs in the country. Duterte has turned deaf to the people’s demands — better living conditions for the people. Land for the farmers. Jobs and higher wages for the workers. Services for the poor,” said Repuno.
 
 
“Naranasan na natin ang pinakamasahol, kaya nagbabantay tayo para sa susunod na henerasyon. Ayaw na nating maranasan ninuman ang kasamaan ng pasistang diktadura, sa ilalim ni Duterte (We have suffered the worst, that is why we keep vigil for the next generation. We do not want no one to
suffer the evils of fascist dictatorship under Duterte,” added Repuno.
 
 
Repuno said there is no compelling reason to declare martial law nationwide, other than Duterte’s ambition to be a dictator. Selda added that the Duterte regime postures as a strong government with the people’s support, but is weak and insecure because it has failed to deliver the much-needed change for the people.
 
 
“No military solution was ever successful, because the people who are aware of their hard-earned rights rise up and resist. We call on the people not to allow a comeback of tyranny, and come together to fight for change, a change that was not simply abandoned by the current regime, but used and
exploited in furtherance of their own interests. We are challenged again to fight tyranny, and say a million times, never again!” added Repuno.
 
 
“Just like Marcos who chooses to advance its own interests, with only in its first year of existence, the Duterte regime is drifting fast towards isolation. In the days to come, it will suffer the same fate as that of his dictator idol, junked by the people”, said Repuno.
 
 
 
Reference: Trinidad Repuno, SELDA chairperson, c/o +63918-5739875
 

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) is an organization of former political prisoners in the Philippines. Founded on December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by newly-released political prisoners of the martial law period. SELDA’s primary task is to work for the release of all political prisoners and to see to it that humane treatment of those who are still in detention are complied with by the Philippine authorities. SELDA advocates justice for current and former political prisoners. It calls for the mobilisation of resources in support of political prisoners, former detainees and their families. It carries out legislative advocacy for the indemnification and rehabilitation of political prisoners. SELDA goes into partnership and builds solidarity with concerned individuals and groups for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and all victims of tyranny.
 
SELDA National Office:
2/F, Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin
corner Matatag Streets, Brgy. Central District,
Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Tel: +632-4354146
Email: selda.phils@gmail.com, selda_phil@yahoo.com.ph
Web: www.seldapilipinas.wordpress.com
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PH is moving from de facto martial law to open fascist rule – Karapatan
publicinfo: Sep 21 11:13AM +0800

Press Release
September 21, 2017
 
 
Reference: Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831
Karapatan Public Information Desk, +63918-9790580
 
 
 
Today, September 21, 2017, on the Filipino People’s Day of Protest, Karapatan joins the newly-formed alliance Movement Against Tyranny and thousands of protesters to amplify calls to stop the killings in line with Duterte’s counterinsurgency program and the drug war campaign, among other forms of human rights violations. The protest also marks the 45th year since Marcos placed the country under martial law back in 1972.

 
“The parallelism between the Marcos and the Duterte regimes are becoming more pronounced, as the latter not only aids the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses but also employs the same fascist tactics and anti-people policies of the US-Marcos dictatorship, including threats to impose a nationwide martial rule. Duterte and his security cluster has utilized narratives and tactics straight out of Marcos’s playbook of repression, repeating and justifying rights violations, with increasing frequency and
intensity,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

 
Karapatan stated that “Marcos’ martial law was used as a tool to plunder public funds, plunge us into debt, restrict forms of protest, and completely do away with civil and political rights. We now have martial law in Mindanao and it has expectedly followed the same trajectory of escalating rights abuses.”

 
As of August 31, 2017, Karapatan has documented 420, 046 victims of forced evacuation, 891 victims of illegal arrest, and 357, 754 victims of aerial bombardment and indiscriminate gunfire. Karapatan claimed that these cases are attributable to Duterte’s all-out-war declaration, his subsequent
imposition of martial law in Mindanao, and the ongoing implementation of counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan.

 
Palabay added that “the AFP and the PNP, hailing from the Philippine Constabulary during the Marcos regime, continue to be among the most ruthless, despicable, and shameless institutions in the country. Akin to martial law during the Marcos regime, Duterte’s martial law unfolded with guarantees and protection for State security forces who are at the front line of committing rights violations. There has not been a change in the framework of the military and the police, thus continuing with their atrocities in indigenous and peasant communities.”
 

The rights group pointed out that “in so far as there are undeniable, discomforting parallels between Marcos and Duterte, the systemic conditions which has plunged the country into deeper and deeper crisis remain the same – peasants remain landless, workers remain tied to slave wages, exploitative contracts and work conditions, government continues to be run by corrupt politicians from powerful clans, the country still adheres to unequal foreign agreements which has robbed us of any real chance at development, and the majority of Filipinos still live in poverty.

Throughout regimes, change has come in profits and increasing revenues for the rich, and greater misery and burden for the rest of us.”

“In the face of a military beholden to US dictates, Duterte has inched closer and closer to an open fascist rule. With his significant influence in all three branches of government, a de facto martial law has already been put in place. Whether it is formally declared or not, the people will continue to resist continuing State fascism. September 21 reminds us that 45 years ago, a corrupt, egoistic rights violator did what he could to hold on to power, but this day also reminds us of the real heroes of one of the
darkest period of our history – the Filipino people who fought against martial law,” Palabay concluded.
 
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Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
1101Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146Web:
http://www.karapatan.org

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and
promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.