13.09.18

In pursuit of justice: join the discussion with Filipino human rights defenders Cristina Palabay and John Milton Lozande

The NGO Action Solidarité Tiers Monde invites you to discuss the situation of the victims of human rights violations under the Duterte regime in the Philippines. These victims are now seeking justice. What actions are being taken by civil society in the Philippines to hold those responsible for these acts accountable? What is the role of human rights defenders? What can European countries such as Luxembourg do to support them? We will discuss the subject with two eminent human rights defenders from the Philippines. Cristina Palabay is the Secretary General of the internationally renowned human rights group KARAPATAN, an alliance of organisations working to promote and protect human rights in the Philippines. John Milton Lozande is the Secretary General of the Federation of Agricultural Workers in the Philippines. Both working in extremely difficult conditions, they will testify about the courage of the Filipino people in their pursuit of justice.

Since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016, the human rights situation in the Philippines has deteriorated dramatically. His appalling human rights record has now far surpassed those of previous administrations, including that of the notorious dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

During the first two year of his presidency, over 20.000 people were killed in total impunity in the anti-drug war launched by his administration. Human rights defenders and civil society organisations are constantly harassed and threatened, many have been killed.

As late as December 2017, Marcelito Paez, treasurer of the ASTM partner organisation NE-CBHP was gunned down several hours after he assisted the release of a political prisoner in Nueva Ecija. In 2015 Lucila and Roger Vargas, member of ASTM partner organisation KMP in Negros were killed over defense of land.

Where: Konrad Café, 7 Rue du Nord, 2229 Luxembourg
When: Tuesday, 25th of September, 7 pm

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