1.9.15

Paramilitary group massacres 3 in Lumad School in Surigao Sur

01 September 2015

AN OPEN LETTER
To His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III

RE:  School executive, IP leader and a civilian killed
Paramilitary group massacres 3 in Lumad School in Surigao Sur
                                                   
Date of incident: 01 September 2015
Place of incident: Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Mr. President,

The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR) joins the Filipino human rights defenders, educators, people’s organizations  and international rights  groups in strongly condemning the barbaric and inhuman act of killing  of Emerito Samarca, executive director of Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), a self-initiated school for the Lumad. He was found dead on September 1, with a stab wound inside one of the classrooms in the school compound in Han-ayan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Also killed in Km. 16, some three kilometres from Han-ayan, were  Dionel Campos, chairperson of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) and his cousin, Bello Sinzo. The two were shot by members of the Magahat/Bagani force in the presence of their community members in Km. 16.

According to the report we received from KARAPATAN, two days prior to the killing, the Magahat/Bagani Force and elements of the 36th IB encamped at the ALCADEV school compound and occupied the function hall and parts of the school grounds. During the encampment, the Magahat group threatened the school faculty members, staff and community members that they will massacre the community if the people will not leave in two days.

On August 31, the MAGAHAT group burned down the community cooperative store of MAPASU while indiscriminately firing around the community.  Emerito Samarca, according to the report was held and detained by some armed members of Magahat before he was killed.  He was last seen tied around the neck, his hands and feet were also tied. He was brought to one of the classrooms.

On the evening of August 31, the ALCADEV faculty and most of the residents in Han-ayan went to Km. 16 for safety.  At around 4 a.m., Magahat Forces went from house to house in Km. 16 and ordered the residents to get out of their houses and go to the center of the community. That was when Campos and Sinzo were met by a volley of gunfire from brothers Loloy and Bobby Tejero of the Magahat/Bagani Force.

Magahat members also confiscated all cellphones and cameras from the residents and ALCADEV staff and remaining visitors in the community.

According to KARAPATAN, the Bagani paramilitary and the 36th IB has long been accusing self-help Lumad school ALCADEV as NPA school, killing the teachers and organizers in the community, consequently depriving the Lumad of their education.

Mr. President, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we ask that you order an immediate pull-out of the 36th Infantry Battalion in Lumad communities in Lianga, Surigao del Sur and the dismantling of paramilitary groups in this dirty war against the Filipino people.

We further urge your administration:

1.        The immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights to look into these incidents of human rights violations; and, to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
2.        To observe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all the major Human Rights instruments that the Philippine government is a party and signatory to.

Finally we call on your administration and all its institutions to uphold the basic human rights of the citizens whom you have sworn to serve.


The Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights

                      
Copy furnished:
1.       Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
Fax:+63(2) 911 6213
Email: osnd@philonline.com

2.       Atty. Leila De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila, Philippines
Direct Line 521-1908
Trunkline  523-84-81 loc.211/214
Fax: (+632) 523-9548
Email:  lmdelima@doj.gov.ph, lmdelima.doj@gmail.com, lmdelima.doj2@gmail.com

3.       Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, (+632) 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
E-mail: comsec@chr.gov.ph

29.7.15

Les gouvernements philippin, américain violent les droits du people philippin: Tribunal

29 juillet 2015

Pour diffusion immédiate

Les gouvernements philippin, américain violent les droits du people philippin: Tribunal
Des Montréalais se rassemblent jeudi le 30 juillet 2015 afin de faire le point


Montréal —Un tribunal international à Washington, DC, a émis un jugement reconnaissant la responsabilité des gouvernements actuels des Philippines et des États-Unis dans un large éventail de violations de droits de la personne à l’encontre du peuple philippin.

La délégation montréalaise qui s’est rendue à Washington à titre d’observateurs tiendra un forum public sous forme de BBQ-potluck/levée de fonds jeudi afin de discuter des conclusions du tribunal.

Le Tribunal international des peuples, qui a siégé dans la capitale américaine du 16 au 18 juillet, a entendu les témoignages de 32 victimes, témoignages qui ont révélé toute l’étendue de la violence, des expropriations forcées et de la répression politique auxquelles font face les Philippins.

Un jury international a jugé le 18 juillet que les gouvernements des Philippines et des États-Unis sont coupables de violations graves et systématiques des droits humains, notamment les droits civils et politiques, économiques et socio-culturels et le droit du peuple philippin à l’auto-détermination. Il s’agit d’un « tribunal de conscience », et le jugement n’est donc pas juridiquement contraignant, mais les organisateurs affirment que sa force est à la fois politique et morale.

Le verdict du TIP est émis après deux jours de témoignages, dont plusieurs provenaient des victimes mêmes de ces abus. Ils ont décrit avec force détails leurs expériences de torture, d’arrestation arbitraire et du meurtre d’être chers.

Ces crimes ont été commis par l’armée et la police philippines ainsi que par des forces paramilitaires agissant sous l’égide du programme anti-insurrectionnel du gouvernement, dénommé Oplan Bayanihan, utilisé comme prétexte pour réprimer de mouvements pour la paix et la justice sociale, selon le tribunal.

Le tribunal a également conclu que les États-Unis avaient participé à ces violations par le biais de leurs subventions à l’armée philippine, des interventions directes de leurs troupes et par l’imposition de politiques accentuant la pauvreté, l’exploitation et la dégradation environnementale aux Philippines.

La délégation montréalaise comportait des étudiants, immigrants, écrivains et activistes qui feront part de leurs observations jeudi soir et discuteront des façons dont la population montréalaise peut appuyer la lutte pour le respect des droits de la personne aux Philippines.

Détails de l’évènement:

6:00-9:00 PM, le jeudi 30 juillet
4709 The Boulevard, Westmount
Page Facebook de l’évènement: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427795717550829/

Le jugement intégral du Tribunal et des informations additionnelles sont disponibles en ligne: internationalpeoplestribunal.org

Centre for Philippine Concerns
http://cap-cpc.blogspot.ca/

Contact: David Koch

+1 514-966-7604 / davidgkoch@gmail.com

Philippine, U.S. govts violate rights of Filipino people: Tribunal

29 July 2015

For immediate release

Philippine, U.S. govts violate rights of Filipino people: Tribunal
Montrealers to gather Thursday, July 30, 2015 for report-back


Montreal — An international tribunal in Washington, DC, has ruled that the current governments of the Philippines and the United States are responsible for a wide range of human rights violations against the Philippine people. 

A delegation from Montreal that attended the tribunal as observers will be hosting a public meeting and fundraising BBQ-potluck on Thursday evening to discuss the findings.

The International Peoples’ Tribunal (IPT), which took place in the US capital from July 16–18, heard from 32 witnesses whose testimonies revealed the extent of violence, displacement and political repression being experienced by the Philippine people.

An international panel of jurors ruled on 18 July that the governments of the Philippines and the United States are guilty of gross and systematic violations of human rights, including civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; and the right to national self-determination. A “tribunal of conscience,” the ruling is legally non-binding, but organizers say its force is both political and moral.

The IPT’s verdict came after two full days of testimonies, many by those who had experienced these violations directly. They described in vivid detail their experiences of torture, arbitrary arrest, and the assassination of loved ones.

These crimes were committed by Philippine military, police, and paramilitary forces that use the government’s counter-insurgency program, known as Oplan Bayanihan, to justify the suppression of movements for social justice, the tribunal found.

The tribunal also ruled that the United States has participated in these violations through its aid to the Philippine military, direct intervention in the Philippines by US troops, and the imposition of policies contributing to poverty, exploitation, and environmental destruction in the Philippines.

The Montreal delegation included students, migrants, writers and activists who will be sharing their observations Thursday evening and discussing how people in Montreal can support the struggle for human rights in the Philippines.

Event details:

6:00-9:00 PM, Thursday 30 July
4709 The Boulevard, Westmount, Québec
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427795717550829/

The IPT’s ruling and other information can be found at: internationalpeoplestribunal.org

Centre for Philippine Concerns
http://cap-cpc.blogspot.ca/

Contact: David Koch

+1 514-966-7604 / davidgkoch@gmail.com

18.1.15

Desaparecidos to Pope: Disappearances destroyed our families

Press Release: January 19, 2015

"Enforced disappearances have destroyed our families, the very foundation of a society and church. Children are left motherless or fatherless," Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice said upon hearing Pope Francis' speech at Malacañang and in his meeting with representatives of Filipino families.

Lorena Santos
Lorena P. Santos, secretary general - Desaparecidos
"The remaining members of the family had to seek refuge away from their way home to secure their lives. We live in fear and in constant threat," Santos said. "In this way, dear Pope, we feel only violence, cruelty and further inequality," Santos continued.

"Our pain and suffering in search for our disappeared loved ones have been too long. But the consequences of enforced disappearance in the communities and the society leave a deeper scar that frightens, and even silence anyone who thinks of voicing out for the poor," Santos said. "This is what our missing loved ones did, serve the poor and became their voice. This is why they were abducted and disappeared," Santos continued.

"With your call to our government leaders for “moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity' we, families of desaparecidos find in our hearts the need to enjoin you in our quest for justice," Santos asked the “People's Pope”.

"We have written you letters to ask for your help. We hope these letters will reach you," Santos said. "Our missing loved ones deserve justice. Their children and the younger generations need to be assured that crimes against humanity should not go with impunity," Santos said. "We don’t want our children and the youth to continue to live a life of injustice and inequality, " Santos added.

"We ask you dear Pope, to call on to stop enforced disappearances in the Philippines and in other countries. Again, be with us in our quest for justice to all victims of human rights violations," Santos said.

"Our missing loved ones believed and worked for a just society, free from the bondage of inequality. Like you, we believe that this is what 'heaven on earth' means. Like you, we want to build this society for our children," Santos concluded. ###

Reference: Lorena P. Santos, secretary general - Desaparecidos

15.1.15

Fasting in Solidarity with Political Prisoners in the Philippines

News Release:  Thursday, January 15, 2015 

The Centre d'appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns calls on its members and supporters to join in a 24-hr fast starting at 6 pm Saturday, January 17 until 6 pm Sunday, January 18, 2015 in solidarity with political prisoners in the Philippines.

The almost 500 political prisoners in 43 jails across the Philippines started a hunger strike-fast January 15, 2015 as they also lit candles to welcome Pope Francis, who was beginning a 4-day visit to that country. The hunger strike aims to highlight the call to release all political prisoners and for Pope Francis to intercede on their behalf. 

People’s cry for justice and peace 

Christina Palabay, of the Philippine human rights organization Karapatan, explained that the political prisoners are among those people who, “question, challenge, or change the unjust order; those who are threatened, killed, disappeared or detained by the authorities who have guns and tanks to protect the rich, the hacienderos, and the powerful.”
The unjust order, she explained, is the unabated violations of the“people’s rights to land, decent jobs and living wages, shelter, accessible health and education services.”
“No amount of posh welcome rites or overkill security arrangements by the current administration can hide the glaring poverty and injustice in Philippine society, especially amid corruption scandals that rocked the nation these past years,” she added.
Karapatan reiterated its call for the BS Aquino government to address the roots of the armed conflict through peace negotiations, instead of going into military campaigns of suppression against the people. “The state of unpeace and the narratives of oppression continue,” she said.
With His Holiness’ visit to the Philippines, Karapatan enjoins Pope Francis to “hear the calls of political prisoners and their kin for their freedom, and the cry for justice of relatives of the desaparecidos and the victims of political killings. Theirs are voices that cannot be silenced, even by the most brutal forms of repression.”
“We ask him to stand with the poor and oppressed, and to struggle with us for just and lasting peace in our nation,” Palabay concluded. 
Community supper to break the fast, 6 pm, Sunday, January 18, 2015
CPC and other Philippine community groups in Montreal, invite you to join them in a community supper Sunday at 6:00 pm to end the fast, and to hear from family members of political prisoners in the Philippines and other updates.
Place: St Paul's Anglican Church basement
3970 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, QC, Canada H3T 1E3 QC (Metro Côte-Sainte-Catherine)
 Meanwhile, please adopt this logo on your Facebook pages, and please circulate this event information.

28.11.13

Appeal to the Canadian Government to increase the federal financial aid for typhoon Haiyan victims

November 25, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper,
Re: Appeal to the Canadian Government to increase the federal financial aid for typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction
As the Canada Coordinating Committee of the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) we would like to reiterate a request we made on November 12 that the Canadian government increase its relief assistance and commit to provide additional aid for long term rehabilitation and reconstruction to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. As of today, the death toll from what has been called possibly the strongest storm in history reached 5,235 with a further 1,613 missing and at least 11.3 million people are reportedly affected.
We welcome the aid offered by the Canadian government, including an initial announcement to provide up to $5-million to assist with immediate humanitarian aid in the communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and a decision to match the money donated by individual Canadians until December 9.
This was followed by up to $5 million to cover the deployment of relief supplies to the hardest-hit regions of the Philippines and a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) which was deployed to the city of Iloilo.
We were disappointed to learn that a further announcement of $15 million in aid was in fact not new assistance but a re-announcement of money already allotted for the matching funds, to which individual Canadians had already donated $19.8 million on the day of your announcement.
We believe the Canadian government has the financial capacity and the responsibility to the people of the Philippines and to the dynamic and growing Filipino community in Canada to considerably raise its level of assistance, particularly for medium and long term rehabilitation and reconstruction. The 600,000 Canadians of Filipino descent along with other generous Canadians and Canadian organizations have responded quickly to mobilize resources to aid the affected communities. However, private funding from individuals and charitable organizations can scarcely meet the enormous resources required for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, particularly in the medium and long term.
A substantial increase in aid from the Canadian government would be in line with the international commitments and Canada’s response to past disasters. The UN has launched a flash appeal for $301 million for typhoon Haiyan emergency relief efforts to cover an initial period of six months. Australia, with a Filipino population one third the size of Canada’s, has announced almost CAD$30 million in direct aid.
In past emergencies of this magnitude, Canada has been among the major donors of assistance. It gave $425 million to countries hit by the 2004 tsunami. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Canada immediately allocated $150.15 million for humanitarian and initial reconstruction efforts and another $400 million for the Haiti Action Plan.
We thus appeal to the Canadian Government to increase Canada’s direct financial aid for Typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, in addition to what it has already promised.
We ask that information about the assistance provided by the Canadian Government to the Philippine Government and non-government organizations be made public to ensure transparency and public accountability for the use of the funds.
Sincerely,





Bern Jagunos
On behalf of the Canada Coordinating Committee - International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines
Email address: ichrpcanada@yahoo.com
Mailing address:  c/o Bern Jagunos, 211 St. Patrick St., #702,Toronto, ON M5T 2Y9

cc
Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development
Hon. John  Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Helene Laverdierre, NDP critic, Int’l. Development and deputy critic, Foreign Affairs
Mr. Paul Dewar, NDP critic, Foreign Affairs
Mr. Wayne Marston, NDP critic, Int’l. Human Rights
Hon. Irwin Cotler, Liberal Party critic, Rights and Freedoms, International Justice
Mr. Marc Garneau, Liberal Party critic, Foreign Affairs and Int’l. Trade
Ms. Kristy Duncan, Liberal Party critic, Consular Affairs and Int’l Development
Mr. Tobias Enverga, Conservative Party Member of the Senate
Rev. Barry Naylor, Chair, Global Council of the International Coalition for Human
       Rights in the Philippines

Download this letter in PDF format 

14.11.13

Comment aider les victimes du super typhon Haiyan aux Philippines

Nos pensées vont au peuple des Philippines à la suite du terrible typhon Haiyan (nom local Yolanda). Beaucoup d'entre vous aimeraient aider, ainsi nous avons dressé une liste des organisations populaires philippines qui sont actifs dans les zones les plus touchées. Le Centre d'appui aux Philippines - Centre for Philippines Concerns à Montréal travaille avec ces organisations depuis de nombreuses années, et nous savons qu'ils sont dignes de confiance, capables et que tous les fonds iront directement et rapidement aux plus nécessiteux.

Sagip-Migrante Fund


Migrante Canada canalise les secours de ses organisations membres vers le fond Sagip-Migrante. Ces fonds appuieront des missions de sauvetage, de la distribution de biens de première nécessité tels que le riz, des conserves et des bouteilles d'eau, la mise en place des soupes populaires et autres missions de secours dans les zones touchées de la région des Visayas.

Vous pouvez faire un don au Fonds Sagip-Migrante de Migrante Canada via PayPal avec le lien ci-dessous:
 Donate Button with Credit Cards
Les dons peuvent également être déposés directement dans le compte bancaire de Migrante Canada:
VanCity N ° de compte: 663682 Branch 3 (Succursale 3)
ou au compte bancaire de SAGIP Migrante aux Philippines:
Migrante International, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Kalayaan Branch Savings Account No. 1993-0859-16 Swift Code: BOPIPHMM **

Des biens de secours peuvent également être envoyées au bureau d'accueil de Migrante International: # 45 Cambridge St, Cubao, Quezon City.
Les reçus d'impôt pour dons de charité peuvent être fournis par Migrante Canada sur demande pour les dons de plus de 20,00 $. Veuillez communiquer avec migrantecanada@gmail.com pour plus d'informations.

BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan)

Vous pouvez également faire un don à BAYAN urgence initiative BALSA. Voir le site BAYAN Philippines pour plus de détails: http://www.bayan.ph
Dépôt direct - compte en dollars U.S. de Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA:
Rita T. Baua, acct #180218002566-3; Metrobank, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; MBTCPHMM **

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) ou Nouvelle Alliance patriotique est un centre de campagne multisectorielle pour les organisations membres à travers les Philippines. BAYAN initie et / fait la promotion de projets de secours et de réhabilitation socio-économique en appuyant la défense des droits démocratiques des réfugiés de l’intérieur et les populations déplacées.


L’Église Unie du Canada

L'Église unie du Canada (UCC ) enverra les fonds reçus à la UCCP (Église unie aux Philippines) ou au Conseil national des Eglises des Philippines (NCCP) qui effectue le travail de secours. Des reçus d'impôt seront émis. Veuillez désigner des dons pour " Typhoon Haiyan Relief ".

Vous pouvez envoyer un don en ligne via la page de don sécurisé UCC:
https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1955&AID=3036

Par téléphone: 416-231-5931 ou sans frais 1-800-268-3781 et utilisez votre carte Visa ou MasterCard.

En envoyant un chèque, mandat ou des renseignements Visa ou MasterCard avec le montant du don à: 

L'Église Unie du Canada - Groupe philanthropie - Intervention d'urgence:
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4


N'oubliez pas de noter "Emergency Response- Typhoon Haiyan Relief " sur le devant de votre chèque. 

Autres collectes de fonds locales en cours:

Montréal :
Vendredi 15 novembre. présentation du film " Busong " 18h00 à Cuisine de Manille (Victoria Ave coin Bourret) . (Organisé par le groupe des jeunes Anakbayan) https://www.facebook.com/events/545909998832328

Samedi le 16 novembre. Dîner de collecte de fonds à l'Église Unie de Beaconsfield, 18:00 https://www.facebook.com/events/228275437350292/

Dimanche le 17 novembre, Messe des migrants, Église Saint- Paul sur Côte Sainte- Catherine, 17h00 . La collecte sera versée aux victimes du typhon. Un diner communautaire suivra la messe.

** Noter que pour les envois bancaires, si vous mentionnez que l’argent est pour les secours aux Philippines, la banque ne chargera pas de frais normalement.