Drought stricken Farmers and Lumads seeking Food Aid, Killed and Brutally Dispersed

Last 1 April 2016, state forces brutally dispersed 6,000 Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines. They picketed the National Food Authority (NFA) demanding for food aid as they are suffering hunger due to massive crop failures caused by El Nino.

 We call on everyone to sign and share the petition below in change.org on the brutal dispersal and killings of Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan City. Kindly click on this link: https://www.change.org/p/h-e-benigno-c-aquino-iii-food-not-bullets-drought-stricken-farmers-lumads-seeking-food-aid-killed-dispersed

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS: Petition to Malaysian authorities to stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang and other activists

Please find the petition below to Malaysian authorities to stop judicial harassment and intimidation against Jannie Lasimbang, former Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). We need your support and solidarity to fight against this selective prosecution against her and other activists aimed at sanctioning their legitimate human rights activities.

Please read the attached endorsement for more information and send in your endorsement (name of your organization and country) for the petition to our colleagues; Prabindra Shakya (prabin@aippnet.org) and Hpuji Naung (fuji@aippnet.org).

We look forward to receiving as many endorsements as possible. Kindly share this petition in your network as well.

Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.


24 January 2016
Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak
Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia
Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building
Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya

Subject: Petition to stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang

Honorable Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Ms. Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, and call
on the Malaysian Government authorities to immediately drop all charges laid against her. We affirm that the targeted prosecution of Ms. Lasimbang, among other rights activists, is indicative of the closing space for civil society in Malaysia. We urge the Government to put an end to such prosecution and uphold the values of democracy and human rights.

Ms. Lasimbang is one of the former vice-chairpersons of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), which is a campaign endorsed by over 60 Malaysian NGOs seeking electoral reforms and promotion of democratic rights in Malaysia. She is the first person to be charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) for her role in organizing the fourth series of peaceful assemblies of (Bersih 4.0). The assemblies were held in major cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, on 29 and 30 August 2015. There were subsequent assemblies in over 70 cities around the world in support of the main assemblies in Malaysia.

The overnight rally in Kota Kinabalu had more than 3,000 people in attendance but ended two hours shy of its 24-hour target after a police barricade stopped some 1,000 participants of the assembly from walking towards the city. The police had questioned Ms. Lasimbang immediately after the Bersih 4.0 assembly ended, along with along with others for their alleged role in organizing the assembly. She was not arrested; it therefore came as surprise to her to be charged
nearly two months later.

Ms. Lasimbang was charged on 21 October 2015 at the Kota Kinabalu Magistrate Court under Section 9(5) of the PAA 2012 for allegedly organizing the Bersih 4.0 assembly at Likas Bay Park without giving a 10-day notice to the city police chief prior to the event, as required under Article 10(c) of the PAA 2012. T Ms. Maria Chin Abdullah, the Chairperson of Bersih 2.0 was also later also charged under the same section.

We are informed that although Bersih Sabah had submitted the form required for the 10-day notice, the failure to append a consent letter from the owner of the Likas Bay Park (City Hall) was construed as not giving the 10-day notice.

The Kota Kinabalu Magistrate allowed Ms. Lasimbang bail of RM3,000 (approx. USD 697) with a deposit of RM1,000 (USD 232) for the charge and set the court date for 13 November 2015 for case management and 23 and 24 November 2015 to hear the case. The case management has since been rescheduled to 20 January, and the hearing to 26 and 27 January 2016. We are gravely concerned that if convicted, Ms. Lasimbang faces a maximum fine of RM20,000 (USD 4646) for two counts of the same charge, one for each day of the 2-day event. She has pleaded not guilty.

Ms Lasimbang, a former commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) has also served as a member and chairperson of the UN Expert Mechanism on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), established by the Human Rights Council under the United Nations. Former Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, she is currently at the forefront of indigenous rights advocacy in Malaysia as the Secretary General of the
Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia, also known as Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS).

We affirm that the selective prosecution of Ms. Lasimbang and other activists in Malaysia constitutes violations of national and international human rights obligations of the State, including under UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The Declaration provides that for
the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels to meet or assemble peacefully (Art. 5(a)). It is the duty of State of Malaysia to “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone…against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration” (Art. 12).

We believe the ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Lasimbang and others only aims at sanctioning their legitimate human rights activities. Thus, we call on the Malaysian authorities to immediately drop all charges against them and rather engage constructively with the human
rights activists for advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Malaysia.


Joan Carling
Secretary General
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

On behalf of the organizations listed in the below or annexed
Submitted via email to Hon’ble Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia, Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Main Block, Perdana Putra Building, Federal
Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Copied to
l Mr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Minister of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62546 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Email: webmaster@moha.gov.my

l Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
(SUHAKAM), Tingkat 11, Menara TH Perdana, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. Email: humanrights@suhakam.org.my; hasmyagam@suhakam.org.my

Sign on for support to the Global Call to Action on land rights!

This week is mobilization week for the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights!

We are looking for your active support to the Global Call to Action  by helping us mobilize and broaden its support base in the lead up to the launch of the campaign early 2016.

What is the Global Call to Action?

The Global Call to Action (GCA) is a worldwide alliance campaign, its goal is to ‘double the area of land recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020’. It is conceived as a response to the vast amount of communities and indigenous people’s – 1,5 billion globally – whose lands are being contested.

This has significant social and economic repercussions, poses additional challenges to climate change, and threatens the livelihoods and basic human dignity of some of the poorest men and women in the world.

As part of a global alliance uniting behind this goal, we can add value to efforts of existing organisations and movements at national level in a range of ways.

The GCA is designed to give a boost to groups and organisations that are fighting for community land rights, amplifying their voice internationally, providing a platform for dialogue and collaboration, technical tools, and enabling mobilisation and coordination of activities.

The GCA is guided by a set of clearly defined policy asks to a variety of audiences, and a Steering Group comprising land rights leaders and organisations, as well as world experts on the issue.

More information on all aspects of the GCA can be found on the GCA website http://landrightsnow.org .


Help us promote the Global Call to Action!

The Global Call to Action will officially start in early 2016, with the launch of a report. Our pre-launch strategy is to involve a critical mass of communities, organizations and supportive individuals to amplify and add weight to the launch, by signing on, either as individuals, or organizations/communities.

Naturally, once the GCA is formally launched in 2016, there will be additional action targeting wider supporter audiences, but that will come later.

Dozens of organizations and communities have already signed up, but we need to grow this.

Help us promote the Global Call to Action in the pre-launch period through your partners and networks, by taking the following actions:

  Send your organization’s full name, country and email address to: prabin@aippnet.orgbefore  December 10,2015 to signify your endorsement to this Global Call to Action and to receive updates

 Reach out to your social network online!

o   Suggested Tweet 1: I stand for #LandRightsNow! Sign up and support the Global Call for Action on Indigenous and Community #landrights, http://tinyurl.com/qaaxpms  (If you want to include a flashy graphic, see “.jpg” file attached for Twitter use)

o   Suggested Tweet 2: Do you support #LandRightsNow? Join us & support the Global Call for Action on Indigenous and Community #landrights http://tinyurl.com/qaaxpms

o   Suggested Tweet 3: Post a picture of yourself holding the hashtag #landrightsnow on social media (see #hashtag file in mobilization package).


Further questions?

Further information can be found on the online platform supporting the Global Call to Action: http://landrightsnow.org



If you have queries about the GCA, please write to contact@landrightsnow.org

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS – Letter calling for immediate end to continued killings of and other abuses against Lumad (indigenous) peoples in Mindanao

Another Lumad leader and human rights defender was killed on 28 September in Mindanao of the Philippines and military troops tortured three other men the same day. At least Lumads and their rights advocates have been killed at the hands of the Philippine Army and paramilitary troops in the past eight months and the latest killing brings the total number of those killed under the current regime to 69. 
We call for your endorsements of the letter below in order to put collective pressure on the Philippine Government for the rights of Lumad peoples. Kindly send your endorsements  by Monday, 19 October to sarlawla@aippnet.org and prabin.aippnet.org
Text of the letter
H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Malacañang Palace
JP Laurel Sr. San Miguel
Re: Calling for immediate end to continued killings of and other abuses against Lumad (indigenous) peoples in Mindanao
Dear President Aquino,
It is with extreme alarm that we received a report that another Lumad leader and human rights defender, Lito Abion, was killed on 28 September in San Luis, Agusan del Sur in Mindanao. On the same day in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, military troops reportedly tortured three Higaonon civilians in the course of an armed encounter between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the rebel New People’s Army (NPA). These incidents occurred while a credible investigation on the spate of killings and other abuses of Lumad leaders and community members and advocates over the last few months is yet to take place.
There is a common thread that connects all these killings:
• The victims are all leaders of Lumad communities who were accused of being members or supporters of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA).
• The communities where the victims come from are asserting their rights to decide on the kind of development they want while their lands are subject of mining applications.
• Paramilitary groups, who are themselves from indigenous communities, have been openly campaigning for the entry of mining companies and threatening those opposed to these, often in the presence of state security forces.
• There is military presence and armed conflict in the vicinity of the victims’ communities in indigenous territories.
Lito Abion, a member of the indigenous peoples’ organization Tagdumahan, which has been resisting entry of mining operations in the ancestral lands of Banwaon and Manobo peoples in the province, had returned in 2014 from a self-imposed sanctuary since 2005. At that time, a certain Mario Napungahan, a tribal leader and former NPA member who was later recruited as a member of the Civilian Auxiliary Force of the Philippine Army, wanted to merge his Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) with that of the Tagdumahan’s. He accused Tagdumahan leaders and members who refused to sign the application for a unified CADT as supporters or members of the NPA. Later, four Tagdumahan leaders were killed, forcing Abion to seek sanctuary.  When he returned to his community years after, Abion was earning a living as a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) driver. However, he is now dead – shot by two unidentified gunmen.
Meanwhile, the three Higaonon men had been gathering wild plants to use for various purposes like medicine, spice, among other things, in Balahan. They had taken cover when they heard gunfire. When the shooting stopped, they went out of their hiding place, however, the military troops saw and apprehended them. They were accused of being members of the NPA and were abused, beaten and tortured. The military took their photos and their fingerprints, and ordered them to sign a paper – the contents unknown to them – before finally releasing them.
Mr. President, your country is the first Asian country to legislate the recognition and respect of the rights of indigenous peoples through the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) to ensure that indigenous peoples’ right to determine and decide priorities for their development is respected (Sec. 17, IPRA). Your government has pledged that in periods of armed conflict, the indigenous peoples shall have the right to special protection and security, and that indigenous individuals will not be used against other indigenous communities (Sec. 22, IPRA). It has committed that no military activities shall take place in the lands or territories of indigenous peoples, “unless justified by a relevant public interest or otherwise freely agreed with or requested by the indigenous peoples concerned” (Art. 30, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)). It has reaffirmed its commitment to respect, promote and advance and in no way diminish the rights of indigenous peoples and to uphold the principles of the UNDRIP, at the conclusion of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014 (Para. 4, Outcome Document).
We urge you not to let Lito Abion and the three Higaonon men join the statistics of killed and abused Lumad human rights defenders and community members. At least thirteen have been killed at the hands of the Philippine Army and paramilitary troops in the past eight months. With Abion, a total of sixty-nine have been killed under the incumbent Aquino regime while there are hundreds of cases of harassments and arbitrary detentions and displacement of thousands of Lumads now living in evacuation camps across the region.
In response to the killings of three human rights defenders – a school director and two tribal leaders – in Surigao del Sur in September, UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples and on the situation of human rights defenders had called on the Philippine Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings. The Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions also endorsed the call. We welcome that the Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the transgressions against the Lumads of eastern and northern Mindanao in response to pressure inside and outside the Philippines on the issue. We call for an independent and transparent investigation to be conducted and broadened to look into the roles of not only the paramilitaries but also the Philippine army in the violence against the Lumads across Mindanao and the root causes of the transgressions in the region.
Further, we appeal to you to take immediate measures to disband all paramilitary groups, whether these are within the investment defense forces or not, and revoke the Executive Order 546, which legitimizes formation of such paramilitary groups.
Mr. President, as you move the peace process in Mindanao, let not the Lumad people be left behind. May your efforts at peace building be inclusive of addressing the Lumad peoples’ plight by fully implementing your commitments to the UNDRIP and the Outcome Document.
We call for your swift action on the matter.
Ms. Joan Carling
Secretary General
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
(On behalf of the organisations listed in the Annex)
Submitted by email to
H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph
Hon. Jose Luis Martin C. Gasco, Chair, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, comsec@chr.gov.ph,mmarianomaravilla@yahoo.com
Hon. Severo Catura, Presidential Human Rights Committee, phrc.phil@gmail.com
Hon. Nancy A. Catamco, Chair, Committee on National Cultural Communities, House of Representatives
Hon. Luzviminda C. Ilagan, Committee on National Cultural Communities, House of Representatives
Hon. Loren B. Legarda, Chair, Committee on Cultural Communities, Senate of the Philippines, loren@lorenlegarda.com.ph
Hon. Leila M. de Lima, Secretary, Department of Justice, info@doj.gov.phcommunications@doj.gov.ph
Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin, Secretary, Department of National Defense
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, Chair, Justice and Human Rights Committee, kokopimenteloffice@yahoo.com
Rep. Guillermo Romarate Jr., Chair, Human Rights Committee, House of Representatives
Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo, Chair, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com
Hon. Democrito O.  Plaza, Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur, mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph
Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera, Mayor, Municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur
Hon. Yevgeny Emano, Governor, Province of Misamis Oriental
Hon. Redentor N. Salvaleon, Mayor, Municipality of Claveria, Misamis Oriental
Otro defensor líder Lumad y los derechos humanos, fue asesinado el 28 de septiembre en Mindanao de las Filipinas y las tropas militares torturaron otros tres hombres el mismo día.
Al menos lumads y sus derechos defensores han sido asesinados a manos del Ejército de Filipinas y las tropas paramilitares en los últimos ocho meses y el último asesinato eleva el número total de las personas muertas en el régimen actual a 69. El ejército y los paramilitares continúan hostigando , detener arbitrariamente y torturar lumads. Miles de lumads ahora viven en campos de evacuación en toda la región. Una investigación creíble sobre la ola de asesinatos y otros abusos de los líderes Lumad y miembros de la comunidad y defensores en los últimos meses está por llevarse a cabo.
Hacemos un llamado a sus endosos de la siguiente carta (y apegados anexos adjunto) con el fin de ejercer presión colectiva sobre el Gobierno de Filipinas por los derechos de los pueblos Lumad. La amabilidad de enviarnos sus endosos (con el nombre de su organización y país) el lunes, 19 de octubre. Por favor, copie Sar Ley La (sarlawla@aippnet.org) en sus respuestas.
Texto de la carta
ÉL. Benigno S. Aquino III
Presidente de la República de Filipinas
Palacio Malacañang
JP Laurel Sr. San Miguel
Re: El pedir el fin inmediato de continuos homicidios y otros abusos contra Lumad pueblos (indígenas) en Mindanao
Estimado Presidente Aquino,
Es con alarma extrema que recibimos un informe que otro líder Lumad y defensor de los derechos humanos, Lito Abion, fue asesinado el 28 de septiembre en San Luis, Agusan del Sur, en Mindanao. El mismo día en Claveria, Misamis Oriental, las tropas militares torturado a tres civiles Higaonon en el curso de un enfrentamiento armado entre las Fuerzas Armadas de Filipinas (AFP) y el rebelde Ejército del Pueblo (NPA). Estos incidentes ocurrieron mientras una investigación creíble sobre la ola de asesinatos y otros abusos de los líderes Lumad y miembros de la comunidad y defensores en los últimos meses está por llevarse a cabo.
Hay un hilo común que une todos estos asesinatos:
• Las víctimas son todos los líderes de las comunidades Lumad que fueron acusados de ser miembros o simpatizantes del Ejército de los Nuevos Pueblos (NPA).
• Las comunidades en las que las víctimas provienen de están afirmando su derecho a decidir sobre el tipo de desarrollo que quieren, mientras que sus tierras son objeto de solicitudes mineras.
• Los grupos paramilitares, que son ellos mismos de las comunidades indígenas, han estado haciendo campaña abiertamente por la entrada de empresas mineras y amenazando a quienes se oponen a ellos, a menudo en presencia de las fuerzas de seguridad del Estado.
• Hay presencia militar y el conflicto armado en las inmediaciones de las comunidades de las víctimas en los territorios indígenas.
Lito Abion, un miembro de la organización de los pueblos indígenas Tagdumahan, que ha estado resistiendo la entrada de las operaciones mineras en las tierras ancestrales de los pueblos banwaón y manobo de la provincia, había regresado en 2014 a partir de un santuario autoimpuesto desde el año 2005. En ese momento , un tal Mario Napungahan, un líder tribal y ex miembro NPA que más tarde fue reclutado como un miembro de la Fuerza Auxiliar Civil del Ejército de Filipinas, ha querido fusionar su Certificado de Título de Dominio Ancestral (CADT) con la de la Tagdumahan de. Acusó a los líderes Tagdumahan y miembros que se negaron a firmar la solicitud de CADT unificado como simpatizantes o miembros del NPA. Más tarde, cuatro líderes Tagdumahan murieron, lo que obligó Abion a buscar refugio. Cuando regresó a su comunidad después de años, Abion ganaba la vida como habal-habal (motocicleta de alquiler) conductor. Sin embargo, él ahora está muerto – disparado por dos hombres armados no identificados.
Mientras tanto, los tres hombres Higaonon habían estado reuniendo plantas silvestres a utilizar para diversos fines, como la medicina, la especia, entre otras cosas, en Balahan. Se habían puesto a cubierto cuando escucharon disparos. Cuando cesaron los disparos, salieron de su escondite, sin embargo, las tropas militares vieron y les detuvieron. Fueron acusados de ser miembros de la Academia de Policía y fueron abusados, golpeados y torturados. Los militares tomaron sus fotos y sus huellas digitales, y les ordenó que firmar un papel – los contenidos desconocidos para ellos – hasta que finalmente la liberación de ellos.
Señor Presidente, su país es el primer país asiático para legislar el reconocimiento y el respeto de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas a través de la Ley de Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IPRA) para garantizar el derecho que los pueblos indígenas a determinar y decidir las prioridades para el respeto de su desarrollo ( Sec. 17, IPRA). Su gobierno se ha comprometido a que en períodos de conflicto armado, los pueblos indígenas tienen derecho a la protección y la seguridad especial, y que las personas indígenas no serán utilizados contra otras comunidades indígenas (Art. 22, IPRA). Se ha comprometido a que no hay actividades militares se llevarán a cabo en las tierras o territorios de los pueblos indígenas “, a menos que lo justifique una razón de interés público pertinente o que lo acepten o soliciten libremente los pueblos indígenas interesados” (Art. 30, Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (DNUDPI)). Se ha reafirmado su compromiso de respetar, promover y avanzar y de ninguna manera disminuir los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y de defender los principios de la DNUDPI, en la conclusión de la Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos Indígenas en septiembre de 2014 (párr. 4, Documento Final ).
Le instamos a no dejar Lito Abion y los tres hombres Higaonon unen las estadísticas de los defensores de derechos humanos asesinados Lumad y maltratados y miembros de la comunidad. Al menos trece años han muerto a manos del Ejército de Filipinas y las tropas paramilitares en los últimos ocho meses. Con Abion, un total de sesenta y nueve años han sido asesinados bajo el régimen de Aquino titular, mientras que hay cientos de casos de acosos y detenciones arbitrarias y el desplazamiento de miles de lumads que ahora viven en campos de evacuación en toda la región.
En respuesta a los asesinatos de tres defensores de derechos humanos – un director de escuela y dos líderes tribales – en Surigao del Sur en septiembre de Relatores Especiales de la ONU sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y sobre la situación de los defensores de los derechos humanos habían pedido al Gobierno de Filipinas a poner en marcha una investigación completa e independiente sobre los asesinatos. El Relator sobre ejecuciones extrajudiciales, sumarias o arbitrarias también aprobó la llamada. Damos la bienvenida a que el Departamento de Justicia ha iniciado una investigación sobre las transgresiones contra los lumads del este y el norte de Mindanao, en respuesta a la presión dentro y fuera de las Filipinas en el tema. Hacemos un llamado para una investigación independiente y transparente que se realizará y amplió para examinar los papeles no sólo de los paramilitares, sino también el ejército de Filipinas en la violencia contra las lumads todo Mindanao y las causas profundas de las transgresiones de la región.
Además, hacemos un llamamiento a que tome medidas inmediatas para desmantelar todos los grupos paramilitares, ya sean dentro de las fuerzas de defensa de inversión o no, y revocar la Orden Ejecutiva 546, que legitima la formación de tales grupos paramilitares.
Señor Presidente, como usted se mueve el proceso de paz en Mindanao, no dejes que la gente Lumad ser dejados atrás. Que sus esfuerzos en la construcción de la paz ser incluyente de abordar difícil situación de los pueblos Lumad ‘aplicando plenamente sus compromisos con la DNUDPI y el documento final.
Hacemos un llamamiento para su rápida respuesta al respecto.
Sra. Joan Carling
secretario general
Indígenas de Asia Peoples Pact (AIPP)
(En nombre de las organizaciones que figuran en el anexo)
Enviado por correo electrónico a
ÉL. Benigno S. Aquino III, Presidente de la República de Filipinas, corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph
Hon. José Luis Martín C. Gasco, Presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Filipinas, COMSEC @ chr.gov.ph, mmarianomaravilla @ yahoo.com
Hon. Severo Catura, Comité de Derechos Humanos de la Presidencia, phrc.phil@gmail.com
Hon. Nancy A. Catamco, Presidente, Comisión de Comunidades Culturales Nacionales, Cámara de Representantes
Hon. C. Luzviminda Ilagan, Comisión de Comunidades Culturales Nacionales, Cámara de Representantes
Hon. Loren Legarda B., Presidente, Comisión de las Comunidades Culturales, Senado de Filipinas, loren@lorenlegarda.com.ph
Hon. Leila M. de Lima, Secretario del Departamento de Justicia, info@doj.gov.ph, communications@doj.gov.ph
Retirado El teniente general T. Voltaire Gazmin, Secretario del Departamento de la Defensa Nacional
El senador Aquilino Pimentel III, Presidente del Comité de Justicia y Derechos Humanos, kokopimenteloffice@yahoo.com
Rep. Guillermo Romarate Jr., Presidente del Comité de Derechos Humanos de la Cámara de Representantes
Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo, Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas, chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com
Hon. Demócrito O. Plaza, el gobernador, Provincia de Agusan del Sur, mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph
Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera, Alcalde, Municipio de San Luis, Agusan del Sur
Hon. Yevgeny Emano, Gobernador, Provincia de Misamis Oriental
Hon. Redentor N. Salvaleon, Alcalde, Municipio de Claveria, Misamis Oriental

Online Petition: Justice for Jopi Peranginangin!

Last May 23, 2015, suspected members of the military killed Jopi Teguh Lesmana Peranginangin, an environmental activist in South Jakarta, Indonesia. Here are two links on articles (both in English) describing his death.
In solidarity, we encourage everyone to sign the online petition (just click on the link below), which is in Bahasa, demanding justice for our colleague. We would be grateful if you can share this to your network.

Petition to save Henoko

Please sign Now!!
Joint Urgent Statement to stop the Construction of a New U.S. Military Base at Henoko, Okinawa

Dear friends and colleagues ,

We’ve launched online signature campaign for the o oppose the Construction of a New Military Base at Henoko and call on the Japanese Government to listen to the voices of Okinawan people and stop the construction.

Please sign the petition to save Henoko. We call for your support to demand. Signatures will be collected untill the April 12, 2015 and be submitted to the Government of Japan and U.S.

And here is the website for online signature: http://www.foejapan.org/en/aid/150325.html
Change.org site is here: http://goo.gl/BA1s4B

Please circulate it!!
Thank you for your supports!!.

Protect Henoko Ocean and its Coral Reefs Call on the Japanese Government to Listen to the Voice of Okinawan People and Stop Construction

Oura Bay in Henoko, Okinawa ?There are beautiful coral reefs that have formed over a long period of time.
A wide range of topography supports different ecosystems continuously exist in one place; mangrove forests, tidelands, seaglass beds, sandy areas, mud flats and coral reefs. The two rivers from “Yanbaru” forest run into this area also support rich marine ecosystem. Large colonies of blue coral (Heliopora coerulea)were recently discovered in this area and it is also known as dugong(Dugong dugon)’s northern habitat in the world, which is classified as critically endangered (IA) by the Japanese Ministry of Environment. These facts make it clear that this coastal area is extremely important for biodiversity. The coastal area of Henoko and Oura Bay is designated as “Assessment Rank I” according to the Guidelines on the Conservation of the Natural Environment of Okinawa Prefectural Government and is also on the list of Important Marine Areas in Japan selected by Japanese Ministry of Environment. Furthermore, it is a habitat for 5,300 marin!
e organisms, including 262 endangered species just to be confirmed.

At this very moment, Japanese government is forcing through a plan to build a new military base at Henoko coastal marine habitat with richness of biodiversity, and being destroying.

The Candidates opposed to build the new base were elected at the mayoral election at Nago City, the Nago City Council Election, the Okinawa Gubernatorial election and House of Representatives election last year. The voice of people in Okinawa, “Do not need new base in Henoko”, has been made clear through the results of these elections.

However, Prime Minister Abe has refused to even meet with Okinawa Governor Onaga who was elected by the people of Okinawa opposing to the building of the new base. This procedure of the Prime Minister is completely unacceptable action in term of the democratic country. The Governor is requesting a suspension of the construction works but he is being completely ignored.

74% of all US military bases located in Japan are concentrated in Okinawa, and 18% of the terrestrial area is occupied by US military bases. This situation in Okinawa violates the rights of citizens that are guaranteed by the Japanese constitution. It is extremely problematic that the opinion of the people is being ignored with unrespect for the environment, human rights and peace, and the construction forcibly going ahead.

The Japanese government restarted survey boring the sea bottom of some points at Henoko coastal area on March 12 towards to start the main construction work in August. Furthermore, work to construct a giant “temporary wharf” (maximum width 25 meters, length 300 meters) is going to build due to the reason of necessary survey. Also giant concrete blocks were dropped onto the sea bed, crushing corals and seaweed, and it has been observed affecting the rich coral reef ecosystem with no longer seen coming Dugong to feed since last September.

Many people in Okinawa and from all over Japan are gathering in Henoko, on the ocean and in front of the gates of Camp Schwab to protest against construction of the base every day.

We strongly oppose to construct new Henoko base in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, and demand suspend the construction of both Japanese and US governments to protect the precious ecosystem of Henoko, Oura coastal area based on the will of the people that has been made clear in Okinawa.
Friends of the Earth Japan
No Nukes Asia Forum Japan
Ramsar Network Japan
The Nature Conservation Society of Japan Greenpeace Japan Peace Boat Citizens against military bases in Churaumi and in Yanbaru Henoko Relay Henoko heno kichikensetsuwo yurusanai jikkoiinkai Peace News Citizens’ Council to Reform Public Works World Wide Fund for Nature Japan(WWF Japan) Save the Dugong Campaign Center(SDCC) Japan – US Citizens for OKINAWA Network(JUCON) Ichikawa Sanbanse wo Mamoru Kai Sanbanse no Ramsar Joyaku toroku wo Jitsugen suru Kai Citizens’ Network for Biological Diversity in Okinawa(BD)
Peace Philosophy Centre
Friends of the Earth U.S.
KOREA FEDERATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS(KFEM) Russian Social Ecological Union Friends of the Siberian Forests Centre for Environmental Justice Sahabat Alam Malaysia The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan Pro Public Friends of the Earth Brisbane Pacific Environment PENGON-FoE Palestine Natuvernforbundet(Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature) Center for Biological Diversity Pro Natura / FoE Switzerland (As of March 25, 2015)

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