Freitag, 22. September 2017

Philippine government's negative response to key recommendations of third UPR

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT
AI Index: ASA 35/7154/2017
22 September 2017
Amnesty International condemns Philippines' rejection of extrajudicial executions
Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on the Philippines

Amnesty International condemns the Philippine government's negative response to key recommendations it received during the country's third UPR. The government did not accept any of the 44 recommendations related to extrajudicial executions, none of the 23 recommendations calling for the Philippines to refrain from reinstating the death penalty, and none of the 13 recommendations to protect human rights defenders and journalists.
The ongoing assault on human rights, underscored by President Duterte's so-called 'war on drugs' and his violent rhetoric, raises serious doubts over the government's commitment to the protection of human rights and in particular its disregard for the right to life. It is regrettable that the Philippine government used the UPR as a platform to justify its lethal anti-drug policies, which overwhelmingly targets poor and marginalised communities, and to hide the magnitude of the number of people killed. This number has now reached many thousands, up to 12,000 according to some estimates, since President Duterte took office on 30 June 2016.
Amnesty International also finds deeply troubling the reports of lethal attacks, carried out on peace activists, human rights defenders, and journalists in the Philippines. The organisation condemns President Duterte's numerous derogatory statements and threats against human rights defenders, as well as the National Commission on Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The President's statements have created an increasingly hostile environment for human rights defenders in the country.
In light of the government's apparent unwillingness to conduct investigations into cases of extrajudicial executions, Amnesty International urges the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent commission of investigation into such cases.

Background
The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines on 22 September 2017 during its 36th session. Prior to the adoption of the report of the review the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Amnesty International delivered a joint oral statement. Amnesty International also contributed to the information basis of the review through its submission on the Philippines: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa35/5445/2016/en/

Dienstag, 25. April 2017

Aufruf von Amnesty International zum ASEAN-Gipfel

Amnesty International ruft die Führer der ASEAN-Staaten auf, Stellung gegen die extralegalen Hinrichtungen im blutigen Krieg der Philippinen gegen die Drogen zu beziehen.

With mounting evidence of government involvement in thousands of extrajudicial executions in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, Amnesty International is calling on regional leaders to take a stand against possible crimes against humanity as they meet at the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila this week.

Mittwoch, 5. April 2017

Philippinen - Petitionen gegen die Wiedereinführung der Todesstrafe

2933 Unterschriften unter die Petition gegen Wiedereinführung der Todesstrafe in den Philippinen nahm die Botschafterin der Philippinen Melita Sta.Maria-Thomeczek von Amnesty International Deutschland entgegen. Sie sagte zu, diese Petition an den Senat der Philippinen als Adressaten der Petition weiterzuleiten. Ein großer Teil der Unterschriften wurde bei Veranstaltungen und Gottesdiensten des Weltgebetstages der Frauen gesammelt.


Auf dem Foto v.l.n.r.
Rona Beth G. Goce,Botschaft, Second Secretary und Consul;
I.E. Melita Sta.Maria-Thomeczek, Botschafterin;
Dr. Jochen Range, Philippinenkoordinator, Amnesty International;
Dr. Andrea Berg, Abteilungsleiterin Länder, Themen und Asyl, Amnesty International

Freitag, 17. März 2017

Philippines: Stop new killings and implement police reforms urgently

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT
Index: 35/5894/17 16 March 2017
Philippines: Stop new killings and implement police reforms urgently
Dozens of further killings by police of people suspected of using and selling drugs indicate that police reforms, promised by the President during a month-long suspension of anti-drug operations in the country, have failed to materialise.

Now more than 7000 victims

Donnerstag, 23. Februar 2017

Leila de Lima - gewaltlose politische Gefangene

Die Verhaftung der Senatorin Leila de Lima, der schärfsten Kritikerin von Präsident Duterte, steht unmittelbar bevor.
Once the Senator is in detention, Amnesty International will consider de Lima a prisoner of conscience

Hier das Statement von Amnesty International

Montag, 20. Februar 2017

Gemeinsame Erklärung gegen die Wiedereinführung der Todesstrafe auf den Philippinen

Joint statement on the Philippines - reintroduction of the death penalty
Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

Ahead of the first vote on the proposed legislative amendments to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines, the undersigned organizations are calling on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its international law obligations and vote against the measure. The move would set the Philippines against its positive achievements in this area and the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty.
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This statement is signed by: ACAT-Philippines; ADPAN-Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network; Amnesty International; Death Penalty Focus; ECPM-Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort; FIACAT-Federation of Actions of Christians for the Abolition of Torture; FIDH-International Federation for Human Rights; MADPET-Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture; Reprieve-Australia

Sonntag, 5. Februar 2017

Philippinen - Präsident Dutertes mörderischer Antidrogenkrieg

Seit Amtsantritt von Präsident Duterte wurden schon mehr als 7000 Drogensüchtige und Drogenhändler getötet. Bericht von Amnesty International: Wenn Du arm bist, wirst Du getötet

Trauer um eines der Opfer: Angehörige von Michael Siarony,
der am 22. Juli 2016 im "Kampf gegen Drogen" getötet wurde:
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