What international organisations say about human rights in the Philippines

“President Duterte continues to incite killings and the climate of impunity across the Philippines is catastrophic, with lawyers and judges increasingly the targets. The justice system as a whole is in deadly danger.”.

Emerlynne Gil, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director, March 2021

“Threats and attacks, including killings, against left-wing political activists, environmental activists, community leaders, Indigenous peoples’ leaders, journalists, lawyers, and others rose in the past year. The government harassed journalists and media companies, including through politically motivated prosecutions and other legal action”

Human Rights Watch World Report 2021.

“Civil society activists who speak out against this situation are labelled terrorists or communists, and face harassment, threats, and in some cases – death. Indigenous communities have been particularly targeted, and even the churches have not been spared. “

Peter Prove, World Council of Churches Director for International Affairs, October 2020

“Since the Government launched its campaign against illegal drugs in 2016, official figures indicate that at least 8,663 people have been killed, with some estimates putting the real toll at more than triple that number. The UN Human Rights Office has also documented that, between 2015 and 2019, at least 248 human rights defenders, legal professionals, journalists and trade unionists have been killed in relation to their work.”

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, June 2020

“Shockingly, over half of all reported killings last year occurred in just two countries: Colombia (peaking at 64) and the Philippines (rising from 30 in 2018 to 43 in 2019).

Global Witness Annual Report on the murders of environmental defenders, July 2020

“In the ITUC (International Trade Union Council) Report of 2020, the Philippines is included in the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world for workers. The Philippine trade union movement can attest to the alarming level of repression of workers’ rights in the country. There have been too many unexplained disappearances and killings of labor leaders and members.”

Statement of the Council of Global Unions, July 2020.