Take action! Protect human rights defenders in the Philippines
KAIROS encourages you to sign the following electronic Parliamentary petition launched by MiningWatch Canada and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-Canada) which calls for strengthened Canadian corporate accountability and policies in the Philippines in the context increasing extrajudicial attacks on civilians and human rights defenders in the Philippines since 2016
“The Philippines is now one of the two most dangerous countries for those who defend human and environmental rights according to Global Witness,” says Patricia Lisson of ICHRP-Canada, adding that “this year the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on the Philippines found serious human rights violations, reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials against, among others, human rights organizations, lawyers, political and judicial actors, journalists, trade unionists, and religious groups.”
Canada is implicated in these rights abuses, both through the role Canadian mining companies play in the country and through Canada’s military aid to the Philippines. This petition builds on the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) petition, calling for an independent ombudsperson with powers to investigate and mandatory legislation to hold Canadian companies accountable.