CHRP-UK stands in solidarity with human rights defenders based in Manila in the Philippines who have reported an increased presence of military and police within the vicinity of the building which houses their offices. This form of intimidation and harassment comes in the wake of the most recent rhetoric of President Duterte and Malacanang against human rights defenders, as well as the arrests of many peace advocates and activists.
This intimidation violates international human rights standards and must cease immediately. We call for all those peace activists who have been arrested on trumped up charges to be freed, and for the intimidation of human rights defenders, including the planting of false evidence against them, to end. Human rights defenders are a vital part of any democracy. We call on the increased use of surveillance and other forms of harassment to cease immediately and for the Philippines government to comply with international norms the standards of international law protecting basic human rights.
Posted by: Secretary – CHRP UK