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Stop the Attack Against Human Rights Defenders

The In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) condemn in the strongest terms – the continuing attack against human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines which is now compounded by the Duterte administration’s anti-human rights policies and actions that are creating a more hostile environment for human rights work.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in many instances has repeatedly threatened to kill human rights defenders who are criticizing his bloody “war on drugs” that already claimed more than 13,000 deaths including innocent civilians and children. By recently declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as “terrorists” and by ordering the immediate arrest, not only of armed rebels, but also of all members of the "legal fronts" supporting them, he just made an open season for further attack against the human rights defenders.

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A Grave Abuse of Authority

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) is gravely alarmed by the recent announcement of PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte appointing former Masiu, Lanao del Sur mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. as a new member of the Human Rights Victims’ Claim’s Board (HRVCB) without apparent vacancy of post and at this time that the Board is about to complete its statutory duties. Mr. Pangandaman Jr is said to replace Board Member Dexter Calizar.

The Human Rights Claims Board which was created by virtue of Republic Act 10368 of 2013 seeks to provide reparation and recognition of victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime. The Claims Board is not a permanent body as the law gives the Claims Board only two years upon the promulgation of the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations to process applications for human rights compensation and recognition.

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Justice for Atty. Mia Mascariñas-Green, Justice for all slain environmental rights defenders!

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), an alliance of human rights organizations in the Philippines, condemn the killing of environmental rights defender and lawyer, Atty. Mia Manuelita Mascariñas-Green, last Wednesday, February 15, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Based on reports, Atty. Mia, 49, died of bullet wounds in the head and body. Her children, one aged 9 and her two-year-old twins, were unharmed but they were shocked and shaken.

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