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Filipino rights defenders in UN to support calls for NTF-ELCAC abolition

March 7, 2024

Philippine UPR Watch said the rest of UN member states must be informed that both experts recommended the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC and called for the review of the anti-terror law that are being used against human rights defenders and other civilians.

Groups appeal to UN Special Rapporteur to investigate reclamation, Bulacan airport project

Kalikasan - People's Network for the Environment | November 7, 2023

Environmental and human rights groups expressed their concern over the controversial New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project to United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights Ian Fry, in line with his official visit to the Philippines this week.

Justice for Juan Jumalon! End Impunity Now!

November 6, 2023

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines, together with its allied groups and fellow progressive media sector formations, condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Juan “Johnny Walker” Jumalon this morning, November 5.

Jumalon, 57, was killed on air as he tended to his morning broadcast at the 94.7 Calamba Gold FM. His murder, done in broad daylight at his home station in Calamba town, was caught live on his station’s Facebook Page Livestream.

CSOs call for an end to impunity on violations of Filipino people’s human rights

October 30, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG), along with its network of human rights defenders (HRDs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs), renewed calls on the Philippine government to act decisively and be true to its declared commitment to respect human rights. This begins with ending impunity for continuing violations of the Filipino people’s human rights.

On the 25th year of Universal Declaration on Human Rights Defenders: CSOs Reiterate Call to Protect Human Rights Defenders

September 12, 2023

Today marks the 25th year of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) joins civil society organizations (CSOs) and their stakeholders in reiterating the urgent call to protect and uphold the rights of human rights defenders (HRDs) amid continuing impunity on human rights violations against them. […]

“Assert a People-Centered Development” – CSOs

May 27, 2023

CSOs in a forum discussed the systemic barriers faced by people across the globe amidst the “polycrisis” of connected and cascading crises in recent times. The economic and geopolitical interests of global powers impact on the on the multiple crises, wars, and acts of aggression. Peoples across the global South are waging struggles for their rights and sovereignty.

Justice For Alex Dolorosa, Protect Rights Defenders – CPDG

April 28, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) strongly condemns the vicious killing of Alex Dolorosa, a paralegal officer, and union organizer of the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) Philippines Bacolod chapter. Dolorosa is also an LGBTQIA activist under the BPO Employees, Gay, Lesbians and Allies for Genuine Acceptance and Democracy (BEGLAD). This heinous act of violence against a development worker like Alex Dolorosa is not only a tragedy, but also an affront to the advancement of civic spaces.

Advancing Pro-People Climate and Environmental Governance 

April 23, 2023

Every commemoration of Earth Day should include reflecting on the critical role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in advancing pro-people climate and environmental governance. CSOs are at the forefront of holding governments and corporations accountable for the continuing environmental degradation causing an inexorable climate crisis. 

Fashion protest on UnMET SDGs calls for development justice

March 30, 2023

The fashion protest is civil society’s creative way to demand the Philippine government and donor countries to fulfill commitments on effective development cooperation principles towards Agenda 2030.

CPDG calls for Development Justice at the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2023

March 28, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance, through its esteemed members, were able to address the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2023, and unpack the different systemic barriers and challenges in achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the multiple crises, including the shrinking civic spaces. They also raised the calls for development justice and higlighted the role of civil society in development processes.