Kidapawan Incident: A Grave Threat to Human Rights, A Serious Challenge to Government and the Security Sector

The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) joins the public outrage against the violent dispersal of the protest by farmers including women and indigenous peoples in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on April 1, 2016. The incident shows the clear link between the communities' assertion of their economic, social and cultural rights, and the violation of their civil and political rights. The protesters were merely asserting their right to food. Instead they were violently dispersed resulting in deaths and arrests

HRDs, Advocates Demand Justice for Anti-Coal Activist

Human rights defenders (HRDs) and advocates joined the appeal for justice of the family of slain environmental activist, Gloria Capitan. Known as Ate Glo, Capitan was shot in the head and neck by an unknown gunman on a motorcycle last July 1, 2016 in Mariveles, Bataan. As president of the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML), she was active in campaign against an open coal storage facility in Lucanin village in Mariveles, leading mass actions and petitions.In

Visayas TOT & Institutionalization Workshop

The Visayas Training of Trainers (TOT) and Institutionalization Workshop was conducted on July 11-15, 2016 at the Days Hotel in Iloilo City. The workshop is an activity under the “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Promotion and Protection” project, which is jointly implemented by the ALG, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (through the AFP Human Rights Office), the Philippine National Police (through the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office),

Endefense Program Holds Strategizing Session

The Environmental Defense (EnDefense) Program launched a Strategizing Session on July 28-29, 2016 at the Microtel Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.Since its launch in July 2008, the EnDefense Program has proven to be a unique and innovative program that supported strategic litigation for the environment.  The participants from EnDefense grantees and partner institutions reviewed the prospects for environmental protection and litigation under the Duterte administration,

EnDefense: Bataan Paralegal training and Community Meeting

The EnDefense program conducted a Paralegal Training on Environmental Litigation (PLT) that shed light on concerns about coal plant operations last December 12-13, 2016 at Brgy. Mountain View, Mariveles, Bataan. Participants of the 2-day PLT hailed from the Bataan Coal Free Network, an organized group of community members that face issues such as mining, coal pollution and unjust displacement.The training held sessions about detrimental effects of coal

EnDefense Policy Forum on Envi Agenda for the Duterte Administration & 17th Congress

The Environmental Defense (EnDefense) Program held the “Forum on the Environmental Policy Agenda for the Duterte Administration and the 17th Congress” on July 29, 2016 at the Microtel Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.The Policy Forum, held a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA), was an opportunity to discuss the policy agenda for environmental protection under the Duterte administration and the 17th Congres

PSC Meets with CHR Regional Directors

The Project Steering Committee members of the “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Promotion and Protection” project had a meeting with the Regional Directors and Key Officers of the Commission on Human Rights on August 5, 2016 at the Abagatan ti Manila, Alfonso, Cavite.Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit and Atty. Gemma Parojinog gave the context and objectives of the meeting, while Ms. Maryann Co (HSF) presented the program priorities of the Hanns Seidel Foundati