THANKS BUT… | Back up EJK concern with action – Karapatan to Trudeau

By InterAksyon

THANKS BUT… | Back up EJK concern with action – Karapatan to Trudeau

15 November 2017

MANILA, Philippines — While welcoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau’s taking up the issues of human rights and extrajudicial
killings with President Rodrigo Duterte, a human rights group said his
words “should be matched with political moves.”

On Tuesday, November 14, Trudeau said he brought up with Duterte the
issue of human rights and the killings associated with the war on drug
before Canada’s meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Trudeau also said he offered Canada’s help to address these concerns,
which have earned the government widespread criticism here and in the
international community, and described Duterte as “receptive.”

But Duterte, who has openly displayed an aversion to criticism of his
war on drugs and human rights record, had a different recollection,
calling Trudeau’s comments a “personal and an official insult.”

“I told him (Trudeau): ‘I only answer to a Filipino. I will not answer
to any bullshit foreigner,’” Duterte said.

Karapatan took Duterte to task for this, saying that as he “bristles
over comments on his regime’s human rights record, he should do well to
remember that no amount of concealment and bluster can hide the real
situation in the Philippines.”

But at the same time, it said Trudeau should not only “withdraw aid and
support for the fascist military in the country that enables
counterinsurgency and all-out war programs” but also “enforce his
country’s newly minted law regarding sanctions on human rights violators.”

Canada’s Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, mandates
sanctions against foreign officials or their associations “responsible
for or complicit in gross violations of human rights” or “acts of
significant corruption.”

At the same time, Karapatan said Canada “should pull out and make
accountable all its mining companies plundering Philippine land and
resources and its use of investment defense forces of the Philippine
government to kill and suppress indigenous peoples and farmers defending
their right to land.”

Canada is among the largest mining investors in the country.

The group also said Trudeau should order tons of Canadian wastes
illegally imported to the Philippines taken back “with the same gusto”
that he ordered a takeout meal from fastfood chain Jollibee soon after
he arrived in the country for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
summit.