KAIROS signs Unity Statement calling on UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the Philippines
“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 Commissioner for Human Rights, including recommendations from at least two dozen UN human rights experts for the UN Human Rights Council to “establish an on-the-ground independent, impartial investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines”.
The statement was formally launched on Sept 17 during the International Ecumenical Convocation on the Defense of Human Rights in the Philippines co-sponsored by KAIROS partners, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice). The online gathering was attended by 268 participants and viewed by thousands from across the world.
The statement concludes with the following prayer:
May the liberating God be with us in this commitment and in our continuing quest for peace based on justice and the integrity of peoples and their lands.
KAIROS continues to advocate the Canadian government to support the call at the UN Human Rights Council for an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines.