Repression and systematic attacks continue to intensify against rights defenders in the Philippines. The shrinking of democratic spaces in the country has been in constant decline since 2016 when Rodrigo Duterte became president. By instituting legislative and policy restrictions, the government has weaponized the law meant to restrict people’s dissent. These deliberate attacks have not only created a culture of fear and impunity but have also directly put many rights defenders lifes at constant risk.
An AMP-factsheet gives an overview of the extrajudicial killings of human rights defenders and situation of impunity in the Philippines between December 2020 and April 2021.