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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)

The family of slain anti-coal plant activist has sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterte for justice, a week after victim Gloria Capitan, 57, was killed by an assassin in Bataan.

At a press conference on Friday in Quezon City, Capitan's family appealed to Duterte to dig into the bottom of the case.

Human rights defenders and leaders of human rights organizations also joined Capitan's family in the call for justice.

On July 1, 2016, two unidentified motorcycle-riding attackers shot Capitan at her house in Barangay Lucanin in Mariveles town. One of the riders shot the victim three times. She died on the way to a nearby hospital.

Capitan was the President of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML), a community organization that is critical of the coal plant and coal storage facilities located inside the Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services Corporation, just in their neighborhood.

The plant is owned by the Limay Bulk and Terminal Handling Corp. in Mariveles.

 

July 4, 2016

Statement

Human rights group condemns the killing of woman human rights defender, appeals to Duterte for justice

The Medical Action Group (MAG), health and human rights group appeals to the government to take immediate and concrete actions to investigate the killing of human rights defender in Mariveles, Bataan.

A day after President Rody Duterte sworn into office, Gloria Capitan, president of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamaya ng Lucanin (SNML) and woman human rights defender, of Barangay Lucanin in Mariveles, Bataan, slain on Friday night.

Two still unidentified motorcycle-riding men reportedly gunned down Gloria Capitan. Based on police report, Efren Capitan, 58, Lucanin barangay kagawad, said his wife Gloria, 57, sustained three gunshot wounds, two in the neck and one in the arm from caliber .45 revolver.

Gloria Capitan, “Ate Glo”, as she was fondly called by everyone, as president of SNML and known environmental rights defender of Mariveles, Bataan 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. 

Today June 26, IRCT members Balay Rehabilitation Center, Inc. and Medical Action Group (MAG) launch report on torture and right torehabilitation in the Philippines - http://bit.ly/28ZuDna.

 

It is high time that the Philippines government put action behind the pronouncements and adequately fund the national rehabilitation programme. End torture impunity and #SupportLifeAfterTorture

17-05-2016

 

The UN Committee against Torture is calling on the Government of the Philippines to fully implement a national rehabilitation programme, to ensure effective investigations into torture allegations and to make a public statement at the highest level that torture will not be tolerated. The recommendations follow a two-day hearing in Geneva where the Committee carefully scrutinised the performance of the Philippine Government in eradicating torture.

As part of the hearings, IRCT members Balay Rehabilitation Centre (Balay) and Medical Action Group (MAG) produced extensive background information on rehabilitation, investigation and prosecution for torture and travelled to Geneva to brief the Committee on their key concerns. Greatly appreciated by the Committee, Balay and MAG’s input was extensively utilised by the Committee in its assessment.