Asia-Pacific

KAIROS condemns the killing of three Indigenous youth in the Philippines, and decries the loss of life

June 18, 2021

KAIROS joins partners, human rights organizations, churches and solidarity organizations from around the world in condemning the rape and murder of three Indigenous youth in Lianga town, Mindanao, Philippines, by the Philippines Army.   As we call for justice and an end to this impunity, we grieve the loss of…

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For truth and accountability: Justice for the death of First Nation children in Canada

June 9, 2021

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination (IPMSDL), KAIROS partner in the Philippines, joins the utmost condemnation of the evidence of genocide towards Indigenous Peoples and First Nations of Canada with the recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous…

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Solidarity Statement on the occasion of the May 2 Ecumenical Sunday of Lament in the Philippines

April 30, 2021

Respect and Protect God’s Gift of Life and Reject the Prevailing Culture of Violence and Death!  Let us all Pray and Work for a Just and Lasting Peace.  On April 28 and 29, 2021 the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) met in its…

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À propos du premier rapport d’Investigate PH

March 24, 2021

La Coalition Internationale d’organisations civiles, politiques et juridiques (Investigate PH) qui a enquêté sur les violations des droits humains aux Philippines a finalement complété son premier rapport et l’a rendu public lors d’une cérémonie officielle tenue le 16 mars 2021.  Ce rapport a dévoilé non seulement l’existence des cas…

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Investigate PH releases searing report to the UN on political repression in the Philippines

March 24, 2021

In its first report, released on March 16, Investigate PH warns of intensified political repression in the Philippines since the summer, fueled by the recently enacted Anti-Terrorism Act, and the brutal implementation of a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.  The report, which is the first in a series that will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council 48th Session in September…

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Open letter calls on the Canadian government to speak out against killings in the Philippines

March 23, 2021

KAIROS was among sixty-five organizations in Canada (including churches, trade unions and Filipino associations) that sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to publicly condemn the killings of human rights defenders in the Philippines.    The letter responds to a series of military operations that took place during the weekend of March 4-7, 2021 in which 9 labour and Indigenous…

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KAIROS decries recent raids and massacre in the Philippines

March 10, 2021

KAIROS is deeply concerned about the escalating human rights crisis and ongoing impunity in the Philippines.  We join partners in the Philippines and civil society organizations in Canada and around the world in condemning the recent raids and massacre, now known as the Bloody Sunday raids….

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KAIROS supports Global Launch of Investigate PH

February 1, 2021

Investigate PH is an independent, international investigation on human rights violations in the Philippines  KAIROS joins churches and civil society organizations and leaders from around the world in participating in InvestigatePH, an independent global initiative concerned with the current state of human rights situation…

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Ecumenical letter to Minister Garneau calls on Canada to respond to escalating human rights violations in the Philippines

January 29, 2021

KAIROS,  the Anglican Church of Canada  and the United Church of Canada, in solidarity with partners, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), have written a letter to the Minister…

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Raising concerns about ongoing human rights violations in the Philippines

October 23, 2020

In solidarity with our partners in the Philippines, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines ( EcuVoice), KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada have…

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KAIROS signs Unity Statement calling on UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the Philippines

September 18, 2020

 “We will bear witness, and we will keep watch.”   This is the central message of the Unity Statement for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in the Philippines, signed by KAIROS and several international church organizations and institutions.   This statement supports the recommendations of the United Nations High…

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Continued action needed to end attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines with killing of Zara Alvarez

August 24, 2020

Zara Alvarez, a brave, well-known human rights defender who worked with a member organization of KAIROS partner Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), was fatally shot in Bacolod City on the Negros Island on August…

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Take action to end attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines

July 17, 2020

Over the last year the human rights situation has significantly deteriorated in the Philippines. The government has increasingly made use of the process of red-tagging, used to identify many human rights organizations as “front organizations of local communist terrorist groups.” The consequences of red-tagging are dire. Some…

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May 14: CNCA Webinar with KAIROS partners and federal MPs

May 10, 2020

On Thursday, May 14th, join KAIROS, KAIROS partners from the Philippines, and other members of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), including Development and Peace and the United Church of Canada, for a webinar during the Month of Action for Mining Justice. …

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Women peacebuilders respond to COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Advising remote communities on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and assisting women who are experiencing an increase in gender-based and domestic violence are a few of the ways that KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners are responding to the…

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Call for the release of vulnerable prisoners in the Philippines

May 4, 2020

KAIROS  joins several Canadian development, human rights, solidarity and ecumenical organizations, churches and trade unions in sending a letter to the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines urging him to work with his counterparts in the Philippines to ensure the release of the most vulnerable non-violent…

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Support for the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and their Lenten Call

April 8, 2020

Care and compassion for the poor, do not arrest or shoot them  “A systematic distribution of food and other assistance are imperative right now. Again, our Lenten call, test more people and help the poor, do not arrest or shoot them,”  …

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Spirited Reflection: Coping with lockdown, quarantine, staying-at-home

March 25, 2020

A long-time partner of KAIROS in the Philippines, Vernie Yocogan-Diano, shared the following with us to keep up our spirits, to learn from the Igorot and to remind us all worldwide of the choices we face. In northern  Philippines, the Igorot (a collective term for Indigenous peoples in the Cordillera mountain region) are composed of several…

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KAIROS stands in solidarity with partners in the Philippines

March 23, 2020

KAIROS stands in solidarity with partners in the Philippines and around the globe who continue to defend human rights, including the right to health, in the face of this global pandemic. KAIROS partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), has released a…

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The National Council of Churches in the Philippines has issued a statement condemning the attack against the Lumad Indigenous people

February 5, 2020

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), a KAIROS partner,  has issued a statement condemning the attack, harassment and intimidation against the Lumad Indigenous people seeking refuge in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) –…

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Canadian ecumenical response to attacks on the Lumad evacuees in Mindanao

February 3, 2020

KAIROS joins churches in Canada in signing the following ecumenical statement condemning the attacks against Indigenous Lumad evacuees at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran (UCCP-Haran) evacuation centre in Davao, Mindanao.   In September 2019 KAIROS staff visited the…

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International Human Rights Day observed under the shadow of death threats by KAIROS partners in the Philippines

December 13, 2019

On December 10, 2019 our partners from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Karapatan, both co-conveners of the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines, led and participated in protests that commemorated the…

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In solidarity with organizations and activists in the Philippines

November 18, 2019

KAIROS has signed on to a joint letter from members of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation calling on the government of the Philippines to end the practice of red-tagging against human rights, environmental and humanitarian organisations. We signed this…

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Open letter to the Philippines government in support of KAIROS partner

November 8, 2019

On Nov 7, KAIROS learned that our partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), was “red-tagged” a practice through which the government of the Philippines has identified its political opponents, organizations and individuals, as supporting the New…

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Praying with our Philippines partners for victims of the Mindanao earthquakes

November 5, 2019

Between October 29th and the 31st the Davao region of Mindanao was rocked by two strong earthquakes that resulted in a number of deaths and the collapse of many residential and other buildings. The region has already been impacted by…

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Raising her voice: KAIROS calls on Canada to include grassroots women’s organizations in peace building policies and practice

October 8, 2019

This article was written by Kirsten Van Houten, Global Partnerships Coordinator @Kirsten Explores and Rachel Warden Partnerships Manager, KAIROS Canada @kairoscanada and published as a part of #WPSAdvice series on Oct. 6 on Women, Peace and Security-Network. A recent visit with our partners…

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Philippines partners’ visit, August 23- September 3, 2019

September 12, 2019

At the partners’ roundtable on the first day of our visit to the Philippines, Bishop Rex Reyes challenged us to be “credible, consistent and courageous” in our solidarity and advocacy work. This became a theme throughout our trip as we…

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KAIROS calls for an investigation into the mass killings in Negros Oriental province, the Philippines

April 16, 2019

KAIROS shares the concerns of our partner the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) on the killing of 14 people in Negros Oriental province, on 30 March. There is a huge discrepancy between the testimony of local witnesses…

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