Subject: [Karapatan HR update] Philippine UPR Delegation to hold protest rally at the UN vs. Duterte’s tyrannical rule
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 


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. 

Members of the Philippine UPR Watch in Geneva, Switzerland

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, 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
Jigs 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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