Philippines | Defenders of economic, social and cultural rights need to be protected

"In a joint submission, the International Service for Human Rights, the Medical Action Group, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact have highlighted the risks human rights defenders working on economic, social and cultural rights face in the Philippines.

Defenders are subject to threats, harassment, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and murder; all within a deep-rooted culture of impunity. In fact, Front Line Defenders ranks the Philippines as the second most dangerous country in terms of the number of human rights defenders murdered, while Global Witness ranks the Philippines as one of the most dangerous to be a land and environmental defender.

The 59th session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will be held in Geneva from 19 September to 10 October 2016. The aim of the review will be to assess the Philippines’ progress towards compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights."



Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:12
MAG and support groups paid courtesy call on the EU Delegation to the Philippines


European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines' First Secretary Jerome Riviere (fourth from left, standing) and Mr. Margarito Raynera, Jr., Programme Officer (first from right, standing), meets with members of the Medical Action Group (MAG), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Veronica Cabe (seated, center) of Coal Free Bataan Movement (CFBM) and, relatives and support groups of slain human rights defender Gloria Capitan https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/the-philippines-assassination-of-ms-gloria-capitan of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SMNL).

The killing of human rights defender Gloria Capitan as president of SNML and known environmental rights defender of Mariveles, Bataan highlights those defenders who are working on land and environmental issues in connection with so-called “development projects” facing a particularly ‘high risk of violations’.

Ms. Capitan was actively involved in opposing the construction and presence of huge coal stockpiles facility located inside the Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services Corporation, near their neighborhood owned by the Limay Bulk and Terminal Handling Corp.

The group discussed the on-going European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyUkRIjVdkg&feature=youtu.be and updated the Delegation about the people’s campaign against coal and general human rights situation in Bataan province during their courtesy call on the Delegation last July 14, 2016. (photo courtesy of the EU Delegation to the Philippines)

Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2016 12:05