Auckland Philippines Solidarity and Migrante Aotearoa are jointly holding a rally to speak up for human rights in the Philippines.
The human rights situation in the Philippines has deteriorated significantly since President Duterte came to power in 2016. As many as 27,000 people have been killed in police operations during the Duterte Administration’s “war on drugs”. There is also a rising tide of extrajudicial killings by the police and military of trade unionists, environmentalists, lawyers, human rights advocates and journalists. Critical media, such as the news website Rappler, have faced politically motivated prosecutions.
In her recent report, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted the Duterte Administration increasingly views criticism and dissent as akin to terrorism. The recently passed Terror Law gives the Philippine government even more powers to crack down on critics.
As Filipinos and New Zealanders concerned with justice, we believe it is important for us to raise awareness about the situation in the Philippines and call for an end to human rights abuses. Our rally will coincide with President Duterte’s annual State of the Nation Address, where he will justify his Administration’s appalling record.
We encourage anyone who wants to raise their voice for human rights to come along.
Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law, University of Auckland
Dennis Maga, First Union
Dewy Sacayan, lawyer
Robert Reid, President, First Union
More to be confirmed