Protect the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Philippines

24-May-2018 10:07 AM

?The Centre for Indigenous People and the Law has voiced strong concern around continuing reports of violations of the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

“We, as a Centre concerned with protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples globally, express our concern about continuing reports of violations of the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Philippines and Philippine government allegations that Indigenous advocates are terrorists.

“As the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples and the Special Rapporteur on internally displaced people have reported, Lumad Indigenous communities in Mindanao, Philippines, are facing militarization of their region, forcible displacement and killings allegedly carried out by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and affiliated paramilitary groups.  This is contrary to the Philippines’ obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Indigenous peoples’ rights under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“Further, Indigenous advocates including the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, have been included in a list of names submitted by the Department of Justice to the Manila Regional Trial Court for designation as terrorists, under Philippine anti-terrorist legislation.  We share the concerns expressed by UN Human Rights experts, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, about state targeting of Indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines.”

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Notes for editor:
The Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Law was launched in October 2017, and grew out of the Nin Tomas Indigenous Peoples and the Law Group which was established after Dr Nin Thomas’ passing in 2014.
 
The Centre’s work includes significant research, a wide range of courses, contributions to local and international policy making on Indigenous rights, support for and sometimes expert evidence in cases on Maori and Indigenous rights, and collaboration with Maori, Pacific, UN and other international movements for the advancement of Indigenous rights domestically, in the Pacific and globally.
 
Miranda Playfair | Media Adviser
Communications Office
Tel: 09 923 5029  Mob: 021 063 8393 Email: m.playfair@auckland.ac.nz

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