Greetings from AIPP and IWGIA! We are writing to you to join us in condemning the recent Panay Massacre in Philippines.
As you may be aware, on 30th December 2020, a deadly operation through coordinated police and military actions was carried out on our Indigenous people in Panay island leading to extra judicial killing of 9 indigenous leaders and the illegal arrest of 17 additional leaders and members of Tamanduk Mangunguma nga Nagapangapin sa Duta Kag Kabuhi (TUMAKDUK).
Those killed were recognized leaders in their respective barangays. They were civilians and not armed combatants. These Tumandok communities have consistently opposed militarization and human rights violations in their localities and have advocated for the protection of their rights as an Indigenous People. These communities were active and vocal in resisting the construction of the Jalaur Mega Dam in Calinog, Iloilo and the Pan-ay mega dam in Tapaz, Capiz. The leaders and members of these Tumanduk communities have been red-tagged and accused by the military as members and supporters of the CPP-NPA (armed opposition group) because of active assertion of their rights.
We call for the global community to join us in condemning the incident and stand in solidarity and support with the community whose human rights is grossly violated and in seeking justice for the victims of the Panay Massacre and stand as allies in their struggle in advocating and advancing the rights of the Indigenous Peoples, in their struggle for self-determination, peace and justice.
We request your support by signing on to this statement no later than 13th of January, 2021.
Further actions on this will be alerted soon.
In solidarity on behalf of
AIPP and IWGIA
Programme Coordinator-Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
112 Moo.1 T Sanpranate, Amphur Sansai
Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand
Tel. +66 (0) 53343539
Fax: +66 (0) 53343540