Thousands of killings in the bloody war on drugs, a civil society threatened by political murders and criminalization, and a climate of impunity characterize the human rights situation in the Philippines. These are the findings of a human rights report, the Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechten – Philippinen presented this month. Regarding the Philippines’ upcoming Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, the AMP concludes that the government failed to implement many key recommendations from the previous review in 2012.
Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte - Philippinen called on the members of the 17th Congress of the Philippines not to reinstate the death penalty as proposed in House Bill No. 1. We categorically oppose the death penalty in all cases and under all circumstances. We consider its application to be a violation of the right to life and freedom from cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment. The experience in the Philippines before its abolition in 2006 and worldwide shows that the death penalty is not only ineffective in deterring crime. It is also a fundamentally unjust punishment that is often disproportionately applied against the poor.
The Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen submitted its stakeholders’ report to the Philippines' upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council in May 2017. The submission assesses the implementation of relevant state recommendations which were made during the last UPR. The report finds that in some areas the human rights situation deteriorated dramatically. This includes the surge of extrajudicial killings of alleged criminals in the so-called War on Drugs of the new administration under President Duterte. The situation of indigenous peoples also worsened with dozens of killings of anti-mining activists and attacks on independent indigenous schools being documented. Other problems such as the situation of human rights defenders and the culture of impunity for severe human rights violations remained virtually unchanged. Since May 2012, at least 170 human rights defenders and journalists were killed in the country, while impunity for extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture continues to be almost complete.
In a letter to the EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, the Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen (AMP – Action Network Human Rights Philippines) called upon the EU to take a clear stance on the current human rights crisis in the Philippines. The recent surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users must be publicly condemned and the Philippine government must be pressured into stopping such illegal activities, urged the Network.
The Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen (AMP - Action Network Human Rights – Philippines) calls for an independent investigation of the violent dispersal of the protests in Kidapawan City on April 1 when two people died after police forces shot at the protesters. Over a hundred people were hurt and dozens were arrested.