Subject: #TogetherWeDefend: Stand Up for the Defense of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines

Dear friends,
In the Philippines, the ongoing human rights crisis is fast spiralling under an increasingly authoritarian environment wherein the Constitution’s Bill of Rights and international human rights instruments are being undermined. Human rights defense and the exercise of people’s basic rights and fundamental freedoms are being painted as anathema to democracy, while everyday we witness the gross disregard of the people’s basic right to life, social justice, and just peace.

The legal system has become a constant platform utilized to persecute groups and individuals exercising their right to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and association, among other political rights and civil liberties. Those who hold government to account for its obligation to provide its citizens with food, decent and living wages, and social services are demonized. Those who assert our country’s sovereign rights on national territory are similarly maligned.

Human rights defenders, development workers, journalists, lawyers, political dissenters, faith-based leaders and members of the political opposition are currently facing judicial harassment engendered by malicious, retaliatory, baseless and fabricated charges filed by State actors, while those favored by the current administration are being absolved from high crimes and even rewarded with the most shameless expressions of political patronage.

We are enjoining you to initially support this campaign by signing on to this petition for the defense of human rights defenders in the frontline who have become subjects of political persecution and judicial harassment: http://bit.ly/2N32Cgi

You may also view the statement as attached and send the following email to karapatan@karapatan.org:
Subject: #TogetherWeDefend: Stand Up for the Defense of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
I am signing on to this petition.
Name, Organization/Group (if any), Profession, Country

Thank you very much.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION DESK
publicinfo@karapatan.org
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Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
2nd Flr. Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Sts., Central District
Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
Web: http://www.karapatan.org/

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.
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Final – Statement for Sign On .pdf