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Inform, Assert, Defend - What is “the respect and protect HRDS campaign?”
General Campaigns
Friday, 01 May 2015 12:43

WHAT IS “THE RESPECT AND PROTECT HRDs CAMPAIGN?”

EDUCATE – (INFORM)

HRD_logo_female_and_male_copyIt is an information campaign with our networks about who human rights defenders (HRDs) are. It will highlight, publicize, and discuss cases of human rights violations perpetrated against HRDs. This aims to generate solidarity and public awareness.

 

It is a campaign to inform the public that those who defend human rights often face risks and challenges.  They become victims of harassment, arrest and detention, vilification campaign, sometimes even torture, or worse, enforced disappearance, or extra-judicial killings.

 

It is an awareness campaign on the rights that HRDs as individuals have and which the State has the obligation to protect.

 

ASSERT – (CLAIM OUR RIGHTS)

Provide network with a platform to present HRDs’ work to encourage the public to assert and defend human rights.

 

That there is a Declaration for the Protection of HRDs adapted by the United Nations (UN) that recognizes the risks HRDs face. That it recognizes and acknowledges the vital role of HRDs in human rights issues, both in international and domestic levels.

 

  • Everyone has the right to promote and strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Everyone has the freedom of assembly, association and the right to communicate;
  • Everyone has the right to know, seek, receive and disseminate human rights information and form/hold opinions on the matter for public attention;
  • We have the right to develop new human rights ideas and advocate for their acceptance;
  • We have the right to effective access and participate in the conduct of public affairs, and to submit proposals and criticism;
  • We have the right to an effective remedy and protection from violation, the right to complain about official acts, the right to observe trials, and the right to unhindered access to international bodies;
  • Everyone has the right to participate in peaceful activities publicizing human rights violations and to be protected against violence or adverse discrimination.

DEFEND – (TAKE ACTION)

Generate support and mobilize participation in creative actions in calling for the government to respect and protect HRDs.

 

Initiate a solidarity campaign for all issues concerning different sectors. Initiate actions to support individual cases of HRDs and call for accountability of perpetrators towards ending impunity.

Mobilize advocates to call on the government to respect and protect HRDs and urge people to assert and defend human rights.

 

GENERAL CALL:

A CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT AND PROTECT HR AND HR DEFENDERS

  • Protect Human Rights Defenders!
  • Stop criminalization of HR work!
  • Stop the killings and harassment of HRDs!
  • End impunity of human rights violations against HRDs!
  • Enact a law protecting human rights defenders!

 

A CALL FOR PEOPLE TO ASSERT AND DEFEND HR

  • Uphold, assert, and defend human rights!

 

Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 12:49
 
[Urgent Appeal] Death of a human rights defender, Elisa Tulid, exacts a huge toll on physical and mental health conditions of victim’s relatives
General Campaigns
Friday, 01 May 2015 12:36
URGENT APPEAL

April 30, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Death of a human rights defender, Elisa Tulid, exacts a huge toll on physical and mental health conditions of victim’s relatives

ISSUES: Right to an Effective Remedy, Access to Justice

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Dear friends,

The Medical Action Group (MAG) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding provision of prompt, immediate and effective medical care to the relatives of Elisa L. Tulid, who was a victim of extrajudicial killing due to her human rights work as a human rights defender and a member of Samahan ng Magsasakasa Barangay Tala at Camflora (Organization of farmers in Barangay Tala and Camflora), in San Andres, Quezon.

If you wish to make any inquiries, please contact the Medical Action Group (MAG) through e-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4547513, website: www.magph.org


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Description of the case:

Elisa LascoñaTulid, a human rights defender and agrarian reform beneficiary, was a leader of the farmers’ group, Samahan ng Magsasaka sa Barangay Tala at Camflora, was killed on October 19, 2013 at around 2:00PM, at Sitio Kumbenyo, Barangay Tala, San Andres, Quezon.

Based on documentation by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Ms. Tulid was walking along with her husband and her four-year-old daughter when she was shot point-blank by a man who was identified as Mr. Rannie Bugnot, suspected trustee of Mr. Edwin Ausa, an alleged land grabber in the area.Ms. Tulid who suffered gunshot wounds in the nape, mouth, left eye and left thigh, was pronounced dead on the spot. Her husband and daughter both managed to run away. Her husband rushed to a nearby military camp in Barangay Tala to seek help and report the incident. The military called the police and requested their assistance. The police arrested Mr. Bugnot on the same day at his house in San Andres, Quezon and charged him later for murder.

As of this writing, suspect Mr. Bugnot is in detention at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Gumaca District Jail, Quezon. The case is pending before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 62 in Gumaca, Quezon.

Background information

There is a persistent agrarian conflict in Bondoc Peninsula where San Andres, Quezon is located, where almost 80 percent of households depend on subsistence farming mainly banana and coconut mono cropping as well as fishing.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 12:42
 
A Restrained Celebration for Mother Earth -ATM
On Mining
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:46
Alyansa Tigil Mina Statement For Earth Day
22 April 2015

A Restrained Celebration for Mother Earth


atm-logoOn April 22, 2015, the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of Mother Earth. Alyansa Tigil Mina, a coalition of more than a hundred organizations joins this celebration of 2015 Earth Day. As an environmental and human rights organization, today is celebrated as we renew our vows of upholding environmental and climate justice. With this vow, we stand firm and vigilant to pursue justice. Sadly however, the glaring truth is that this celebration is not one of victory, but a swelling of renewed commitment drawn from defeats.

This is not a time for the country to hold its head high as the world celebrates mother Earth. This is a time for vigilance; a time to collect dues from those who are accountable for the continuous destruction of our environment as 2015 did not start off promisingly for environmental advocates especially to those upholding advocacies on anti-mining.

Assaults against Mother Earth were felt by anti-mining communities.  The continuing illegal activities for the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) of Blaans in Tampakan, South Cotabato; the lifting of suspension orders against mining companies in Zambales; MMDC’s disregard of the Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; the resumption of ore hauling in Manicani island, in Guian, Samar; the illegal expansion activities of Oceana Gold in Nueva Vizcaya; and just recently, the reinstatement of Intex’s Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) in Mindoro are all consequential proof of this.  These were successful resistance of communities against mining companies, but have been reversed by misplaced government priorities and ineffective regulations.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:48
 
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