April 10, 2019

A Call to Rage, A Global Day of Action – Justice for Negros 14 – Philippines

On March 30, 2019, the massacre of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental, the Philippines, shocked the world. The brutal killings happened at around midnight, some at 2AM. Twelve others were illegally arrested. Relatives of the victims assert that those slain and arrested are farmers and residents in the area

More than 60 peasant leaders in Negros alone, 205 from across the country, have already been killed under the Duterte regime. Must those who till the land to feed a nation be slaughtered in the night like sick cows? Must those who have suffered from long years of neglect and who struggle for land and lasting peace be meted with death like the worst criminals

The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines says NO! ICHRP calls on all its members worldwide and appeals to all other groups and individuals in the international community to join the peasants’ and other Philippine organizations’ call for Justice for the 14 farmers killed and for the 12 arrested. We urge you not to pass this opportunity to be in solidarity with the peasants in the Philippines.

We can take part in this Global Day of Action on April 10 by holding actions in our respective cities/countries. Let us send a loud message to the Philippine Embassies/Consulates in cities where we reside and let us lobby with Governments all over the world to demand the Duterte administration’s accountability for these killings. The waves of killings must stop!

Please let us know your response/plans, send them to the Global Secretariat at inquire@humanrightsphilippines.net

In solidarity,

Peter Murphy, Chairperson of the Global Council

International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Art work by Rombutan

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Press Statement

April 7, 2019

Reference: Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, +639173162831

Karapatan Public Information Desk, +63918-9790580

Rights group slams recent Presidential Spokesperson’s statement on the Negros killings

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Poster and English translation by Altermidya: “I saw Papa being carried by his hands and feet by 4 policemen. When they reached a rocky area, they let go of his hands and dragged him towards their small truck. I saw Papa’s head hitting the rocks.” – 7-year old son of one of the farmers killed.

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Poster and English translation by Altermidya: “I heard my husband saying, ‘I am innocent. Don’t hurt my family.’ He had 7 bullet wounds. His genitals were destroyed, his shoulder was broken, his arms were bruised as if he tried to protect himself from blows from rifle butts.” – Wife of Valentin Acabal, village chief of Brgy. Candabong, Majuyod, Negros Oriental
and one of those recently killed

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Poster by Altermidya, English translation of texts by Karapatan: “The police gave the search warrant to Franklin. Before he finished reading it, he was shot on his chest. The police said “You are an NPA!” and he was shot again twice, dragged like a pig away from our house.” – Aunt of Franklin Lariosa, a habal-habal driver killed in Negros Oriental.

The facts as stated by witnesses and relatives of the farmers killed and arrested by State forces in Negros speak for themselves. Karapatan and those supporting the plight of the farmers do not manufacture hate and fear of the State forces – they are borne out of the actions of the State forces.

Thus, the callousness of Malacanang and the PNP in insisting on an unacceptable narrative on their legitimate police operations is but a stupendous, deliberate attempt to cover up the government’s crimes. Any brick that they throw on the victims, their families and those who document and make known their crimes ends up thrown on themselves. It is thus clearer than ever that any form of attacks against human rights defenders, including red-tagging and terrorist-labelling, are meant to whitewash the Duterte government’s accountability on human rights violations.

The latest antics of this government’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo and military general Antonio Parlade who both make living by inciting violence on Karapatan and other right defenders are duly noted and recorded. We will be sure to hold them accountable in any forum possible.

We enjoin the Filipino people and all human rights advocates to join the national and global day of protest on April 10 to demand justice for the farmers killed in Negros. Let us denounce the continuing State terrorism of the Duterte government.

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