UN bodies, international rights groups decry Duterte government’s “terrorist list”

Aside from the statements of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and two UN special rapporteurs on the inclusion of the names of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and of human rights defenders in the Department of Justice petition proscribing the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations, statements of support and solidarity poured in from several other UN bodies and international human rights organizations decrying the Duterte administration’s fake terrorist list.

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment said “These charges must be dropped immediately, and support provided for the legitimate activities of these individuals who have UN mandates, and the civil society organizations with which they work… It is deeply concerning that authorities have routinely responded to the expressions of environmental and human rights defenders by criminalizing and delegitimizing their voices.” His full statement can be accessed through: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/statement/statement-response-allegations-terrorism-against-un-special-rapporteurs

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues decried the charges against indigenous human rights defenders as “unsubstantiated” and called on the Philippine government to uphold its obligations under international human rights instruments, including the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Their full statement here: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/03/2018.03.13-UNPFII-statement-Philippines-HRDs.pdf

International human rights organizations and people’s organizations from various countries have expressed support for the activists and human rights defenders in the said fake terror list.

The Women’s Major Group, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Gabriela-New York and Innabuyog led a protest action at the Philippine Consulate in New York City on March 16, 2018 to express support for women human rights defenders in the list.

Among the organizations that released statements of support are:

  • Amnesty International
    https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/ASA3580682018ENGLISH.PDF
  • Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation
    https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/media-releases/3099-philippines-indigenous-rights-activists-at-risk-after-being-tagged-as-terrorists
  • Front Line Defenders
    https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/philippines-front-line-defenders-condemns-inclusion-human-rights-defenders-%E2%80%98terror
  • Protection International
    https://www.protectioninternational.org/en/node/1664
  • Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
    http://apwld.org/statement-women-human-rights-defenders-are-not-terrorists/
  • Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact
    http://iphrdefenders.net/philippines-end-the-abuse-of-power-and-violence-to-human-rights-defenders/
  • Pesticide Action Network – Asia Pacific

PANAP statement on the terror listing of land and indigenous peoples’ rights advocates in the Philippines

  • Forum Asia
    https://www.forum-asia.org/uploads/wp/2018/03/Statement-on-Philippines-withdrawal-from-ICC-and-Rome-Statute.pdf
  • International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Denounce the government terror listing in the PhilippinesSTATEMENT11 March 2018The International Coalition for…

Posted by International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines on Sunday, March 11, 2018

  • IBON International
    http://www.iboninternational.org/statement/stop-duterte-admin-crackdown-rights-defenders
  • CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Working Group on Conflict and Fragility

STATEMENT OF CONCERNWe, members of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Working Group on Conflict…

Posted by Int'l Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination & Liberation on Monday, March 12, 2018

  • United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD)
    http://www.unredd.net/announcements-and-news/2805-special-statement-un-redd-programme.html
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
    https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201803/iucn-dismayed-philippines-seeks-declare-un-special-rapporteur-%E2%80%98terrorist%E2%80%99
  • Cultural Survival
    https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/cultural-survival-stands-solidarity-victoria-tauli-corpuz-and-joan-carling-wake-unfounded
  • Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago – Indonesia
    http://www.aman.or.id/statement-of-concern-on-the-increasing-harassment-and-intimidation-of-indigenous-peoples-leaders-and-human-rights-defenders-in-the-Philippines/
  • Friends of the Earth International

Philippines and Indonesia must stop red tagging and criminalizing defenders of territories.

  • Bayan-USA
    http://bayanusa.org/
  • Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
    https://m.facebook.com/notes/seventh-generation-fund-for-indigenous-peoples/indigenous-peoples-are-the-first-responders-and-frontline-protectors-of-the-eart/10155951937470196/
  • Federation for Indigenous Peoples Self-Determination (FAPI)
    http://www.fapi.org.py/organizaciones-internacionales-rechazan-acusacion-del-gobierno-de-filipinas-contra-defensores-de-derechos-humanos/
  • Slow Food

Slow Food stands in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines

  • Land is Life
    https://mailchi.mp/e0223cc8223f/land-is-life-denounces-the-terrorist-tagging-of-indigenous-rights-defenders-in-the-philippines?e=79a2fb5e7c
  • People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty of Latin America

[Statement of the Coalición de los Pueblos por la Soberanía Alimentaria]Hacemos un llamado urgente por su apoyo contra…

Posted by Int'l Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination & Liberation on Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • Association Pour L’integration et le development durable au Burundi

Read the Association pour l'Intégration et le Développement durable au Burundi statement of condemnation of the Duterte Government's terrorist rule.

Posted by Int'l Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination & Liberation on Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

The Movement For The Survival Of The Ogoni People stands with IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid and all the…

Posted by Int'l Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination & Liberation on Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Policies

菲律賓政府日前公告了一份名單,將菲律賓共產黨和新人民軍定調為恐怖組織,許多投入菲律賓原住民族權利運動的倡議者也被列名為恐怖份子,其中包括科地埃拉人民聯盟CPA的主席和現任聯合國原住民族權利特別報告員。全球的原住民社群分別發起各項聲援行動…

Posted by 台灣原住民族政策協會 on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Center for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples – Nicaragua
    https://www.facebook.com/cadpi.info/photos/a.348585161990737.1073741828.348247432024510/920476214801626/?type=3&theater

Photo from #activismisnotterrorism  https://twitter.com/kikomanhk/status/974399985835036672


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