Women Human Rights Defenders Are Not Terrorists

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:00am-12:15pm
Philippine Consulate
556 5th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Under Duterte’s administration, the Department of Justice filed a petition before a Manila court that tags 649 people, including over 70 women human rights defenders, as “terrorists.” This baseless “terrorist list” puts the lives and safety of women human rights defenders and other activists at risk, putting them in the crosshairs of state-sponsored surveillance, harassment and extrajudicial killings even without any evidence that links them to terrorist activities.

Activists, to indigenous community leaders, to human rights defenders are included on the list, such as Joan Carling. She’s a current Member and Co-Convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, former Secretary General of the Asian Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP), and former member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is currently in NYC participating in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, and will be speaking at the action.

Other women human rights defenders have been included like:
– Victoria Tauli Corpuz, current United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, former Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and former Secretary General of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA);
– Joanna Cariño, member of the CPA Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the SANDUGO Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self Determination;
– Elisa Tita Lubi, current Karapatan National Executive Committee member, former interim Regional Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and founding Vice Chairperson of Gabriela Women’s Party;
– Beverly Longid, current global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), former CPA Chair and current Advisory Council member

We call upon members of our organizations, allies, and advocates to stand in solidarity with the women human rights rights defenders in the Philippines and demand a stop to the killings, harassment, and criminalization of activists!

Let us RISE against fascism, RESIST the crackdown of women human rights defenders, and UNITE for the true liberation of the Filipino people!