Asia-Pacific

Letter to the editor: Trade is important, but not at any price

March 7, 2018

Re: What’s at stake in Canada’s lost Philippines helicopter deal? (The Hill Times, Feb.28, p. 16). Op-ed writer Omar Allam argues that Canada’s credibility and reputation are at risk depending on the outcome of the government’s review of the $300-million…

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TVO’s “The Agenda” – Troubles with Mining Abroad

June 23, 2017

KAIROS recently supported a five-person delegation of political, faith and Indigenous leaders from the Philippines that toured across Canada from March 20 – April 9 under the banner “Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace”. The delegates spoke about human rights…

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KAIROS statement of solidarity and prayer for peace in Mindanao

May 29, 2017

On Tuesday March 23, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte placed the island of Mindanao under military rule following  an armed encounter between the Maute militants and the Philippine military in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.  Philippine church leaders and human…

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Philippine leaders in Canada: Listen. Believe. Act.

March 23, 2017

Press Conference in Ottawa Watch the video below.

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How Canada can better its brand in the Philippines

March 22, 2017

Communities in the Philippines would benefit from the appointment of an independent extractive-sector ombudsperson to monitor Canadian mining operations overseas. Canadian mining companies are often the face of Canada in the Global South. For those affected by these companies, this…

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Philippine delegation presses Canada for mining justice and leadership in peace process

March 14, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress, Anglican Bishop and Indigenous activists (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process…

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Itinerary for Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto

March 8, 2017

Delegation members include: Bishop Antonio Ablon, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican), Zamboanga del Sur Carlos Zarate, Member of Philippine Congress (Bayan Muna PartyList); Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources; Vice-Chair, House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Anie Bautista, National Coordinator, Ecumenical…

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Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace: Philippines leaders visit Canada, March 20-April 5

February 24, 2017

Filipino Delegation to appeal for Open for Justice and support for peace process, March 20 – April 5                          KAIROS is hosting a five-person delegation from the Philippines, March…

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Women of courage gather in the Philippines to discuss mining and its impacts

July 23, 2015

KAIROS is excited to support the participation of Indigenous women from Canada and Ecuador in the International People’s Conference on Mining in the Philippines, July 30-August 1, as well as in  solidarity visits to mining affected communities  before and after…

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International People’s Conference on Mining (IPCM) in the Philippines, July 29-August 1, 2015

July 16, 2015

Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Ecological Justice and Asia-Pacific Partnerships Coordinator, will attend the International People’s Conference on Mining (IPCM) in the Philippines, July 29-1 August 2015. Connie represented KAIROS on the 2015 IPCM coordinating committee. The IPCM is a major gathering…

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Development Free of Fear by Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons

September 9, 2014

Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, BA LLB MDiv, is the Head of the Philippine Learning Tour, a delegation organized by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, with representatives from KAIROS member churches, CUPE, MiningWatch Canada and Indigenous people in Canada.  Rev. Jagger-Parsons is…

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KAIROS leads Philippines Learning Tour to Mindanao communities impacted by Canadian mining

July 15, 2014

Toronto, ON – KAIROS Canada is organizing a tour to the Philippines to learn more about how Canadian mining operations are impacting communities in that country. Ten representatives from KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, the Christian Reformed Church in…

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Why We All Should Care About Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

June 25, 2014

In her article “Why everyone should care about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program”, writer Harsha Wallia links current and historical Canadian complicity in local and global resource extraction on Indigenous lands to the exploitation of racialized labour. She connects colonialism…

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APPEAL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: Call for justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

April 16, 2014

According to KARAPATAN, the national alliance of human rights organizations in the Philippines, 169 men and women had been victims of extrajudicial killings under the current government of President  Benigno Simeon Aquino III (July 2010 to December 2013.)   From…

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Press Release: National Council of Churches in the Philippines Commemorates Jubilee in Somber Mood, Intensifies Aid

November 19, 2013

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), the country’s biggest coalition of mainline Protestant and Non-Roman Catholic churches, commemorates the 50th year of its founding on November 15 in a somber mood brought about by the destruction wrought…

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Assistance in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013

On November 8, one of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines killing thousands and causing unprecedented damage to communities. Here’s how you can help those in need.

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We will leave no honors, no love, no fame …

November 5, 2013

Sheryl Johnson, In Busan for the WCC Assembly, reflects on the 1980 student pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju, and Korea’s theology of liberation.

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“From History to Her Story” Event Honours Women of Courage and Reconciliation

September 19, 2013

On September 15 Vancouver and Richmond KAIROS and community groups combined to offer the “From History to Her Story” Women of Courage event to honour the TRC’s BC National Event.

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Honouring human rights defenders in photos: A KAIROS slideshow for International Human Rights Day

December 11, 2012

KAIROS marks International Human Rights Day, December 10, and the following week of celebration by commemorating the courageous work of our human rights partners in Canada and in the Global South. Through our migrant justice, Indigenous rights, women of courage and…

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An open letter on human rights to the President of the Philippines

December 10, 2012

4 November, 2012 To His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines Mr. President: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives unites eleven churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights. KAIROS has a long…

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KAIROS partners in the Philippines seek a meeting with Prime Minister Harper

November 9, 2012

KAIROS civil society partners in the Philippines are seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss allegations of irresponsible activities of certain Canadian mining companies. The Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EcuVoice), Kalikasan…

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Jeepeys and Tricycles oh my! A day in Manila

November 8, 2012

November 5. By Alfredo Barahona I give up. I can’t sleep. It is roughly 5:45 AM. I can’t sleep and it’s not just because of the 13 hour difference between Toronto and Manila, but because of the noise from Jeepneys…

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KAIROS Letter to President of Philippines on the Killing of Father Tentorio

October 27, 2012

KAIROS joins our partner, the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines, in expressing our deep sorrow in learning of the murder of Father Fausto Tentorio, who was a strong advocate of the rights of Indigenous peoples….

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Philippine Human Rights Defenders Bring Concerns to Canada: Canadian Tour

March 27, 2012

March 27th – April 16th From March 27th – April 16th, three Philippine human rights defenders will be touring across Canada to raise awareness about the grave realities of human rights violations occurring within a climate of impunity in the…

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