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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A Cry for Peace- Statement of Solidarity of the Jolo Bombing

February 1, 2019

On January 27, 2019, in one of the deadliest attacks in the Philippines in recent years, a bombing of a church in Jolo, Sulu, Mindanao, during a Sunday Mass, claimed the lives of more than 20 worshipers, including civilians and…

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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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