Tag: human rights violations
[FORUM Highlights] Prospects for Peace After the 2022 Elections: A Call for Just Peace and an End to TyrannyFebruary 23, 2022
“All in all, the human rights situation in the country is dark and gruesome not only during Marcos’s time but even now under the authoritarian rule of Duterte. This is why we should organize and build the critical mass, the broadest possible united front against dictatorship and tyranny, and gather international support. We should also be resolute, fear no sacrifice, and surmount every difficulty to win victory – end the Marcoses and Dutertes policital dynasty and control of Philippine government”, Joanna concluded.
Grassroots organizations, advocacy groups, and the civil society have registered their indignation over these injustices and warned that this draconian climate will be institutionalized if the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 is not blocked by the Supreme Court. Maza stressed that the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) should be repealed. “The ATL will complete the evolution of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) into a war machine against democracy,” she added.
Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) raises alarm on these non-stop and wholesale violations of people’s rights and lingering impunity especially as the 2022 national elections close in. CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said that incumbent administrations are known to use a climate of terror against critics and the opposition for electoral advantage, such the red-tagging and terror-tagging in the 2016 national and 2019 midterm elections.
Shortly after the release of the UNHRC resolution, the country saw impunity and disrespect by law enforcers on the death of Baby River, the three-month old daughter of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino. Even after the UNHRC resolution, in the closing weeks of 2020, there were successive arrests and killings of activists and development workers – i.e., the arrest of peasant volunteer worker Amanda Echanis and her then one-month old son Baby Randall (December 2), the arrest of seven activists ironically on International Human Rights Day (December 10), the extra-judicial killing of Dr. Mary Rose Sancelan and her husband (December 17), and the killing of nine Tumanduk indigenous people and the arrest of 16 more in Panay (December 30).
CPDG has long condemned the government’s growing anti-democratic legal measures such as the so-called Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and the smear campaign against activists, development actors, and rights advocates. These are sham peace-building efforts that harm and even result in the death of rights defenders. Anti-crime and counterinsurgency operations in the last months have already taken so many lives aside from defamed and imprisoned countless red-tagged individuals.