UN HRC Resolution on Philippines
Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on 11 July on the situation of human rights in the Philippines. The resolution expresses concern on reported human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, and urges the Philippine government to carry out an independent investigation into those killings and refrain from any acts of intimidation or retaliation.
The resolution, initiated by Iceland, expresses concern at the allegations of human rights violation in the Philippines, ‘particularly those involving killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, the intimidation and persecution of or violence against members of civil society, human rights defenders, indigenous peoples, journalists, lawyers, and members of the political opposition’. It requests the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to provide a detailed report on the situation of human rights in the Philippines, and to present it to the Council at its 44th session. It also calls upon the government to cooperate with the OHCHR and the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, by facilitating country visits and preventing and refraining from all acts of intimidation or retaliation. Furthermore, the said resolution urges the Philippine government to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable, in accordance with international norms and standards, including on due process and the rule of law. The resolution passed with 18 votes in favour, 14 against and 15 abstentions.
Lawyers for Lawyers is worried about the sharp deterioration of the human rights situation in the Philippines and has repeatedly expressed concerns about the increasing attacks against lawyers, including the practice labelling lawyers and lawyers’ groups as enemies of the State.
Meer nieuws uit Philippines
Joint oral statement to the Human Rights Council on the Philippines
On 24 March, Lawyers for Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute delivered an oral statement during the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. During this session, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report of theLees verder
Concluding observations UN Human Rights Committee on the Philippines
On 10 and 11 October 2022, the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed the Philippines’ compliance with its international human rights obligations. On 3 November 2022, the Committee issued the concluding observations of this review. In the concluding observations the CommitteeLees verder
Gerthie Mayo-Anda: “I had the experience of being red-tagged in the nineties. I was shocked when I learned about this. There even used to be a price on my head.”
Illustration: Joost Hölscher Grizelda Mayo-Anda is the co-founder and executive director of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), a Filipino non-government organization committed to helping communities to uphold their constitutional right to a healthful and balanced ecology. She is alsoLees verder
‘They’re basically saying the EU is funding terrorism’
Philippine lawyer Musni provides legal assistance, with support of the EU, to poor farmers in the north. The state suspects her of financing terrorism. The Philippine human rights lawyer Czarina Musni made clear prior to the video interview that sheLees verder