IP representatives speak to UN on rights violations

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    BEVERLY Longid of Katribu Partylist and Pia Malayao of KAMP, together with other delegates of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR Watch) Philippines, met with various representatives of permanent missions in Geneva, Switzerland. Both indigenous peoples (IP) women leaders hope the UPR report will help focus attention on the human rights situation in the Philippines. The Cordillera situation emphasized the manipulation of the FPIC process, citing the recent case of the Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc. in Mankayan, Benguet.

    Both women leaders claimed that despite recommendations and pledges of support of the Philippine government in its first review in 2008, the human rights situation in the country has not improved. Longid said international support is needed especially for violations of civil and political rights and “with the continuing extrajudicial killings, displacement of IPs from their ancestral lands.” There are 71 states registered to speak or intervene in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines scheduled on May 29 in Geneva.

    Both women leaders also met with the representative of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, where they presented recent cases of extrajudicial killings among IP members and advocates. Longid and Malayao are hoping to meet with the representative of the president of the UN Human Rights Council and other UN special agencies in the coming days. The UPR Watch-Philippines is a delegation of human rights advocates engaged in the UPR process. It aims to bring to the attention of the UN and international community the human rights situation in the Philippines.

    Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 26, 2012.

    By Ma. Elena Catajan

    Friday, May 25, 2012
    source: Sun Star Baguio