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Deadliest Place to Deal

Deadliest Place to Deal

Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in the Philippines promising to clean up
the country by ‘slaughtering’ anyone involved in illegal drugs. Livvy
Haydock investigates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04tjf7w/deadliest-place-to-deal

Saw something on it on BBC breakfast news this morning – haven’t watched
it yet. Unfortunately looks like there is no place to comment to see if
there is follow up …

W

March 22, 2017   No Comments

CHANGE OF VENUE! London Forum on Philippine Peace Talks – You are invited!

https://www.facebook.com/events/230198284088631/

The public forum aims to provide updates on the ongoing Peace Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
Why are there peace talks happening in the Philippines?
A civil war has been happening in the Philippines since 1969, the longest communist insurgency in Asia. Historical and systemic injustice and oppression experienced by the majority of the Filipino people have driven many Filipinos to seek fundamental societal changes through armed struggle. That civil war continues throughout the country today.
The peace talks thus far
The first round of talks between the GRP and NDFP were successfully concluded in August 2016 wherein a six-point agreement was signed in Oslo, Norway. During the second round of talks in October also in Oslo, the GRP and NDFP were able to reach common drafts for the framework and outlines of the substantive agenda on socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms, and the end of hostilities and disposition of forces. A draft amnesty proclamation was said to be submitted to the Office of the President covering the release of 434 political prisoners, which would bring about a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the GRP and NDFP.
At present, both parties have indefinite unilateral ceasefires in place. To date, the amnesty granting the unconditional release of all political prisoners still remain to be seen.

The third round of talks are scheduled on 19-25 January 2017 in Rome Italy where the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), which would address the roots of the armed conflict and would be the main framework for a just and lasting peace, would be tabled, amongst other agenda.
Filipino migrants engagement
During the opening ceremony of the first round of peace talks in Oslo, a delegation from Filipino migrants in different parts of Europe was able to present a document containing their migrants agenda — issues and demands dear to the hearts of Filipino migrants. Filipino migrants now number more than 10 million scattered in different parts of the world and their remittances have played a big role in keeping the Philippine economy afloat.

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January 19, 2017   No Comments

Philippines: Conflicts and Human Rights Under Duterte

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philippines: Conflicts and Human Rights Under Duterte

Duterte Government and Rebel negotiating teams in public forum in London.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has shocked the world in the last few months with an estimated 5-6,000 extrajudicial killings in his “war against drugs”. Already there are reports of political activists being killed under the cover of this campaign by local police and death squads.  Much less media coverage has been given, in the confusing reconfiguration of Philippine politics under Duterte, to the current peace talks between the government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) guerrillas to end 48 years of armed conflict. It is estimated that the armed conflict – the longest in Asia – has claimed around 40,000 lives to date.

This month will see the third round of these talks, which have been sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Government, taking place in Rome. It marks a crucial stage in the negotiations as the agenda turns to economic and social justice, and the issue of the current extra-judicial killings must come under discussion.

The Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP), in co-operation with the UK- based NGO Conciliation Resources and the UNISON Filipino Activist Network, is organising a public discussion in London which will involve both government and NDF negotiators who will have come straight from the Rome talks. The meeting is responding to the enormous interest among the thousands of Filipinos in the UK, many of them working in jobs in health and social services. The UK has the largest Filipino migrant population in Europe.

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27th January 2017, Friday, 5.00pm

The UK public forum on Conflicts and Human Rights under Duterte will take place at 5.00 pm on Friday 27 January 2017 at the UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. There will be a special briefing for the press at 6.30 pm where interviews can be held.

30th January 2017, Monday, 4.00pm

A meeting between the peace teams and MPs will also take place take place hosted by Nicole Piche, Coordinator/Legal Adviser, All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group on Monday 30 January, at the Houses of Commons, Room. There will be an opportunity for press interviews after the meeting from 4.00pm.

Media liaisions:

Jamima Fagta
E: secretary@chrp.org.uk
M: +447958 389370

Rafael Joseph Maramag
E: info@chrp.org.uk
M: +447958 482753

Related links:

Eventbrite page: www.london-peace-forum.eventbrite.co.uk
Website info: www.chrp.org.uk/2017/london-peace-forum-venue-changed

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January 19, 2017   No Comments

London Forum on Philippine Peace Talks – You are invited!

CHANGE OF VENUE:

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

Click the link for more info:

London Forum on Philippine Peace Talks

January 10, 2017   1 Comment

Just & Lasting Peace PH: A Public Forum on the Ongoing Peace Talks in the Philippines

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The public forum aims to provide updates on the ongoing Peace Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Why are there peace talks happening in the Philippines?

A civil war has been happening in the Philippines since 1969, the longest communist insurgency in Asia. Historical and systemic injustice and oppression experienced by the majority of the Filipino people have driven many Filipinos to seek fundamental societal changes through armed struggle. That civil war continues throughout the country today.

The peace talks thus far

The first round of talks between the GRP and NDFP were successfully concluded in August 2016 wherein a six-point agreement was signed in Oslo, Norway. During the second round of talks in October also in Oslo, the GRP and NDFP were able to reach common drafts for the framework and outlines of the substantive agenda on socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms, and the end of hostilities and disposition of forces. A draft amnesty proclamation was said to be submitted to the Office of the President covering the release of 434 political prisoners, which would bring about a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the GRP and NDFP.

At present, both parties have indefinite unilateral ceasefires in place. To date, the amnesty granting the unconditional release of all political prisoners are still stalled.

The third round of talks are scheduled on 16-25 January 2017 in Rome Italy where the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), which would address the roots of the armed conflict and would be the main framework for a just and lasting peace, would be tabled, amongst other agenda.

Filipino migrants engagement

During the opening ceremony of the first round of peace talks in Oslo, a delegation from Filipino migrants in different parts of Europe was able to present a document containing their migrants agenda — issues and demands dear to the hearts of Filipino migrants. Filipino migrants now number more than 10 million scattered in different parts of the world and their remittances have played a big role in keeping the Philippine economy afloat.

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January 7, 2017   No Comments

CHRP UK SAY: MARCOS NO HERO

20th November 2016

CHRP-UK PRESS STATEMENT

Reference/s:

Kaleb Lloyd, committee member, +447482 990557
Rafael Maramag, committee member, +447958 482753

 

The Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP), together with Filipino community organisations in the UK, joins the Filipino people, at home and overseas, in their condemnation and outrage over the guileful burial of the remains of the late dictator Marcos on Friday, 18th November 2016.

In a truly macabre, thief-like fashion, the abrupt burial of Marcos in the Heroes’ Cemetery (Libingan ng mga Bayani) on Friday is an affront to all those real heroes of our country who resisted and died opposing the Marcos regime and who succeeded in finally bringing his dictatorship down. We condemn the Philippines Supreme Court for permitting this offensive ceremony.

We equally condemn President Duterte for granting state honours for this vicious dictator in an attempt to rewrite history. The Filipino people will never forget the 70,000 people imprisoned, 34,000 people tortured, around 3,200 people killed, and countless more who have been forcibly disappeared[1] during the Martial Law era.

We would instead urge the government to renew efforts to recover the $5-10 billion dollars of wealth plundered and hidden overseas by the Marcos family, and to provide restitution and compensation to the families of those who were killed, imprisoned, tortured or disappeared during the dictatorship.

The Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines has its roots in the Philippines Support Group (PSG) which opposed human rights abuses in the Marcos era. It was PSG former members who came together again in 2006 as human rights abuses were once more on the increase under President Macapagal Arroyo. CHRP has campaigned constantly to promote human rights in the Philippines since then, including bringing Philippine human rights defenders and families campaigning on behalf of victims on speaker tours of the UK.

The reality is that there has been little or no reform of the military since the Marcos martial law era. Successive administrations since Marcos, drawn from the traditional wealthy elite families, have been ready to allow a climate of impunity towards human rights abuses committed by the police and military. These have resulted in a continuing toll of deaths and disappearances among community activists, trade unionists, church workers, journalists and many others. It is no surprise that it was the same army which pushed through with this offensive ceremony honouring the former dictator.

We join the Filipino people in the home front and abroad, in the call for mounting mobilisations until 30th November by staging a protest in London on Tuesday, 22nd November from 4.00pm at the Philippine embassy.

 

MARCOS IS NOT A HERO!

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW!

JUSTICE TO ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!

#MarcosNoHero

#NeverAgain

[1] http://www.amnesty.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/asa350251982en.pdf

November 20, 2016   No Comments

CHRP General Meeting and the Celebration dates

We are making the day of CHRP General Meeting different from the celebration:

1. CHRP General Meeting

https://doodle.com/poll/2vt5hfwznirgms44

2. Celebration and BBQ. Susan is kindly hosting in their garden. Suggested date is 3 September

https://doodle.com/poll/aiyb3re2bxih9z7x

Please let us know if you can make it.

Many thanks,

CHRP Secretariat

July 22, 2016   No Comments

CHRP UK Fundraising success! Let’s meet and celebrate.

Mon 17:06

CHRP UK (CHRP-UK@yahoogroups.com);
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Dear all,

First, congratulations to everyone for a successful fundraiser on 9 July. We are currently tallying all expenses and income. Those who were disbursed monies and have pending claim for expenses – could you please submit your claim and/or receipts for accounting to finance@chrp.org.uk asapn (if you have not already done so)?

We will have the final accounting ready for the next meeting. Offhand, we seem to have reached our 2k target goal!

Second, It was suggested that we meet to celebrate with all the volunteers and friends who have been involved in the fundraising event. Perhaps a weekend BBQ?

Next, we need to decide how much we are sending to RMP and how much we are contributing to our official delegates (Rommel & Dara) who are now currently attending the human rights conference and ISM in Mindanao. They are kindly requesting to be reimbursed for the conference fees (which includes food, lodging and conference materials), ISM and other related costs. They will shoulder their respective international flights. Anyways, just a heads up as I’m sure they will keep all receipts for discussion on our next meeting.

Last, finding dates for the party and next meeting. Should we find dates in August for when the conference delegates are due back. So, if we want to hit two birds with one stone, we could find a schedule (and a host, anyone willing to host???!) on a Saturday (or Sunday?) as our bbq-cum-meeting:

Suggested dates:

6 or 7 Aug

13 or 14 Aug

27 Aug

If a weekday at 6pm would be more suitable for folks (and we can then go to our favourite sushi bar afterwards, hehe!), then I suggest the following dates:

9, 10 or 11 August

I look forward to your replies.

Best,

RJ

Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines CHRP UK
c/o Indigenous Peoples Links, Finspace, 225-229 Seven Sisters Road

London N4 2DA

W: www.chrp.org.uk

E: info@chrp.org.uk

T: 0207 263 1002

July 19, 2016   No Comments

IPCM forum to launch international campaign against Oceanagold

fyi … and for those who may be able to go, or who can inform others …

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject:
[ipcm2015-participants] INVITATION: Corporate Capture Over Nations: The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) & People’s Resistance

Date:
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:24:56 +0800

From:
Carlo Manalansan <loi@kalikasan.net>

To:
ipcm2015-participants@googlegroups.com

Dear IPCM members,

IPCM, in partnership with Kalikasan PNE, BAYAN USA, International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) USA, AGHAM, and TradeJustice Alliance, will hold a forum to launch our international campaign against Oceanagold. Ana Celestial of the IPCM Secretariat is currently in New York and will the focal person for this activity.

Please visit this facebook link for full details of the said event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1720747058142300/

Kindly disseminate and share this email especially to your networks in the US. Thank you very much!

Regards,

Loi, Kalikasan PNE and IPCM Secretariat

Loi Manalansan

Program Manager

Mobile: +63 9989710058

Telephone: (+632) 433 0184

www.kalikasan.net

July 17, 2016   No Comments

For the benefit of Lumad Children in the Philippines: A Fundraising Dinner

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Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP – UK) is a non-profit organisation and has been promoting Filipino-British solidarity since 2006. It was established in response to the increasing number of political killings and human rights abuses taking place in the Philippines.

Now on its 10th year, CHRP UK is proud to organise its first ever fundraising dinner. This event is for the benefit of the Lumad children and will feature Filipino dishes cooked by Chef Mae Williams of Pepes Kitchen (pepes-kitchen.org.uk)

Over the past 4 years, CHRP UK has been actively supporting the campaign by the Lumad community against mining companies which have aggressively been destroying the land and livelihood of many of the indigenous people. The massive militarisation and companies’ aggression against the indigenous communities have also resulted in the disruption of the Lumad children’s education and many of them grow up without adequate  education.

All profit from the event will go towards the building of two classrooms, purchasing books and school supplies.

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June 1, 2016   No Comments