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Human Rights Violations Against Members of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Bishop Carlos MoralesThe Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen (AMP) is deeply concerned about the severe human rights violations suffered by members of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI - Philippine Independent Church) which include the illegal arrest of Bishop Morales, the killing of two lay members, and the surveillance of IFI clergy.

Because the IFI has always been vocal about injustice and human rights violations, the church has a history of being targeted by state security forces who accuse its members of supporting the communist rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA). This includes the murder of Bishop Alberto Ramento in 2006 and of the lay member and anti-mining activist Benjamin Bayles in 2010. We are extremely worried that the new cases of harassment and violence represent a resurgence of repression against the church which has somewhat decreased in recent years.

 

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Joint Civil Society Letter Calling Human Rights Council Members for Action

Human Rights CouncilThe Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte - Philippinen joint a number of international human rights organizations in calling on the members of the UN Human Rights Council to urgently address the Situation in the Philippines:

Dear Excellencies:

We write to you to reiterate our grave concern over the human rights situation in the Philippines, and to call on your delegation to reflect this concern in both joint and individual statements at the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

During the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in June, over 30 states, supported a joint statement calling on the Philippines to cooperate with UN human rights mechanisms and allow the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to visit the country without conditions, and to accept and implement the recommendations that it received during its Universal Periodic Review last May.

Joint Civil Society Letter to Members of the HRC 36, September 11, 2017

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Human Rights Defender Tulawie faces new fabricated charges

Cocoy TulawieThe Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen is deeply concerned about Mr. Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie, a human rights defender and local politician from Jolo, Sulu, who faces charges for kidnapping which appear to be politically motivated and without factual basis. This is already the second time Mr. Tulawie faces spurious criminal charges. He already had spent several years in prison after he was falsely accused of a bomb attack against the former provincial governor Abdulsakar Tan in May 2009. We assume that both charges were fabricated by Mr. Tan to silence him.
As a member of the human rights group Bawgbug, Mr. Tulwie uncovered numerous human rights abuses and violations on the part of the local government in Sulu, among them mass rapes of women and girls allegedly committed by the sons of prominent politicians and their paramilitary forces. He also denounced the declaration of a state of emergency of the province by Governor Tan as unconstutional.
Mr. Tulawie is now charged with being the mastermind behind the kidnapping of the German journalist Andreas Lorenz. Mr. Lorenz was abducted himself in 2000 while reporting for the German magazine Der Spiegel on the Sidapan hostage crisis and the kidnapping of the German family Wallert by members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

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AMP presents Human Rights Report Philippines

AMP Human Rights Report PhilippinesThousands of killings in the bloody war on drugs, a civil society threatened by political murders and criminalization, and a climate of impunity characterize the human rights situation in the Philippines. These are the findings of a human rights report, the Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechten – Philippinen presented this month. Regarding the Philippines’ upcoming Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, the AMP concludes that the government failed to implement many key recommendations from the previous review in 2012.

AMP - Human Rights Report Philippines

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AMP urges members of Congress not to reinstate death penalty

Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte - Philippinen called on the members of the 17th Congress of the Philippines not to reinstate the death penalty as proposed in House Bill No. 1. We categorically oppose the death penalty in all cases and under all circumstances. We consider its application to be a violation of the right to life and freedom from cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment. The experience in the Philippines before its abolition in 2006 and worldwide shows that the death penalty is not only ineffective in deterring crime. It is also a fundamentally unjust punishment that is often disproportionately applied against the poor.

Letter to members of the Philippine Senate regarding the planned re-imposition of the death penalty

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