What is advocacy work?

As non-governmental organizations, we represent the interests of those affected by human rights violations in the Philippines vis-à-vis the human rights committees and bodies of international cooperation of the German government and international organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations. There we make statements at strategically opportune times, brief political decision-makers and multipliers in a manner appropriate to the target group and network with Philippine and international partners in order to organize joint side events during the sessions of the human rights bodies of the EU and the UN.

Human Rights in the Philippines

By signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and ratifying various UN human rights treaties, the Philippines has committed itself to protecting, respecting and guaranteeing human rights. Implementation is anchored in the Philippine constitution of 1987 and other agreements (such as the Bill of Rights) and institutions (such as the State Human Rights Commission – CHR). Of the nine most important UN human rights agreements, the Philippines has ratified eight, including the UN Social Pact and the UN Civil Pact. The UN Convention against Disappearances has not yet been signed or ratified by the Philippines. Nonetheless, the number of human rights violations reported and experienced by Philippine partner organizations has been increasing steadily since 2001.

Under the Duterte government, new forms of human rights violations in connection with the so-called “war on drugs” have been added since 2016. In addition to extra-legal killings, which amount to tens of thousands of cases and affect above all members of poor population groups, the “war on drugs” increasingly involves disappearances, arbitrary arrests, intimidation and repression of civil society, human rights defenders, indigenous people, journalists and members of the political opposition, as well as a discourse from the highest political level that explicitly despises women, is hostile to human rights and glorifies violence.

Documentation of individual cases

The AMP documents and accompanies individual cases of political murders as well as criminalizations and disappearances of human rights defenders and journalists, which illustrate the methodology of structural human rights violations. A list of all cases of political murders of human rights defenders and journalists appears in the AMP Human Rights Report.

Lobby activities

The AMP uses the lobbying instruments of civil society to influence decision-makers and multipliers in Germany, the EU and the UN with the aim of contributing to an improvement in the human rights situation in the Philippines. In this way we make our concerns and those of our Philippine partners heard on the international stage. International lobbying for the Philippines is becoming more important because we have to observe constantly shrinking spaces for Philippine civil society in our own country.