NGOs ask EU to start suspension of Philippines' trade preferences over human rights
In a joint letter with European civil society organizations, the members of the Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen (AMP) conveyed their profound concern about the gross and systematic violations of human rights occurring in the Philippines. While extrajudicial killings in the government’s War on Drugs continue unabated, human rights defenders, the political opposition and the free press increasingly come under attack.
The EU is therefore urged to address this situation by starting the withdrawal procedure of the trade preferences the Philippines enjoy under the GSP+ scheme which are linked to the adherence to international human rights standards. Since the withdrawal procedure stipulates a monitoring and evaluation phase of six months, the Philippine government would have a final chance to avoid the loss of the status. The letter suggests a number of concrete steps which the Philippines could undertake to improve the human rights situation immediately.