The NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) seeks to join other human rights defenders for the official launching of the U.S. chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP). The ICHRP USA launch is set to take place on December 9, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, in commemoration of International Human Rights Day.
The main objectives of the ICHRP USA launch are to develop a mechanism for structure and coordination among members, and to launch a campaign to stop the killings in the Philippines and end U.S. military aid!
NYCHRP members, who are all volunteer, grassroots human rights activists, need your help to travel across the country for this momentous gathering!!!
The cost of roundtrip airfare from NYC to PDX is on average $350 each ticket. Six NYCHRP members have committed to attend the ICHRP USA launch! Thus, our expenses will amount to $2,100 on airfare alone! We are also budgeting costs of housing, food, and emergency expenses.
With only about a month away until the big event and airfare costs rising every day, your donation is critical to our participation in the ICHRP USA launch! Please consider supporting NYCHRP. Your donation will go a long way in support of the global solidarity movement to defend human rights in the Philippines!
In the Philippines, the Duterte government is becoming another despotic regime. In a little over a year the drug war has resulted in over 12,000 extrajudicial killings. Its war on terror has bombed all throughout Mindanao especially in Marawi, North Cotabato, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, leaving at least 416,005 individuals displaced and 357,569 subjected to indiscriminate gunfire and aerial bombardment.
There is grave concern that martial law in Mindanao brings about even more human rights violations and abuses already targeting innocent civilians because of the state’s assumption that the rebels are among the evacuees. In the course of the Marawi siege, there were reported looting, illegal arrests, and other human rights violations. There are efforts to silence the mass media and public opinion and moves to dismantle the system of checks and balances. Trumped-up cases are filed, critics and activists unjustly labelled as “enemies of the state” are arrested and detained.
In the economic sphere, life is not going to be better for the majority of the people who are poor. They will be hardest hit by the economic crisis that is expected to get worse. The socio-economic and political reforms that the Filipino people have long been clamouring for are not in sight. With the neoliberal economic policy already adopted by the government top economic team, it is clear that the Duterte policy is to preserve the economy which is dependent on the export of raw materials and cheap labor, import of manufactures, foreign investments, foreign loans to cover trade deficits and higher taxes and prices of basic commodities at the expense of the people.
More than ever, the broad masses of Filipino people need the solidarity and support of the peoples of the United States of America who, despite the continuing U.S. government’s foreign policy framework and methodology of “counter terrorism” over Philippine affairs that has for years been demonstrably dismissive of human rights, can choose to stand on the side of what is true, of what is right and just, with a suffering but struggling Filipino people.
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