In February 1986 a popular uprising forced the dictator Ferdinand Marcos to flee the Philippines and opened the possibility of a new era of democracy and respect for human rights. It was not to be. The wealthy landlord families quickly resumed their old hold on political power. Peace talks with the armed rebels of the New People’s Army were abandoned. An unreformed military and police continued their brutal repression of those who tried to defend the interests of the poor.
CHRP was set up in 2006, when President Gloria Magapagal made an official visit to London at a time when there had been a sharp rise in the number of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in the Philippines. One of our first actions was to register our protest against her visit and to picket her hotel.
Since then we have drawn public attention to extra-judicial killings and human rights violations by successive administrations in the Philippines, and given support to those in the Philippines struggling to defend human rights and democracy. Such activities have included:
- Speaker tours for victims and relatives of enforced disappearances, such as Ray Manalao, a farmer kidnapped and tortured by the military, and two other victims; as well as for Edita Burgos the mother of disappeared student activist Jonas Burgos;
- Speaker tours for human rights defenders such as Congressman Satur Ocampo and environmental defenders such as Attny Edre Olalia;
- Campaigns against UK-based mining companies causing environmental destruction and human rights abuses in the Philippines, such as Glencore-XSTRA’s Tampakan Mining Project;
- MPs briefings on the progress of peace talks between the Philippines Government and the National Democratic Front. CHRP is run entirely by volunteers and is paid for by donations and affiliations. We work closely with human rights organisations and NGOs in the Philippines and are a member of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.
CHRP is run entirely by volunteers and is paid for by donations and affiliations. We work closely with human rights organisations and NGOs in the Philippines and are a member of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines. Many of our activities have been organised jointly with trade unions, MPs, environmental groups, development NGOS, church groups and other human rights organisations, such as Amnesty International, and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group. The need for our solidarity has never been greater than at the present under the rule of President Duterte in which the Philippines government has cast aside almost any pretense of respecting human rights.
- To put pressure on the Philippines Government to stop the political killings and protect human rights in the Philippines;
- To raise awareness in the UK about political repression in the Philippines with the aim of putting pressure on the Philippines Government to respect human rights;
- To end British investment and trade links which benefit from human rights violations in the Philippines;
- To make connections between the issues of poverty and political oppression in the Philippines and the situation of Filipino migrants in the UK;
- To support genuine democracy and social justice in the Philippines as the long term means to end repression and guarantee human rights. For our current campaign please see Campaigns and Events.
For our current campaign please see Campaigns and Events.If you wish to become involved in CHRP please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRP is affiliated with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.