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1. Human rights violations continue to hound lumads
Thursday, June 30, 2016
By
Jigger J. Jerusalem
HUMAN rights violations are still committed against the tribal communities in Mindanao and the government
has not properly addressed this problem, a civil society group said Wednesday, June 29.
Discrimination, harassment, attacks, and even extrajudicial killings experienced by the lumad communities
throughout the island were among the issues raised during the public presentation of “Duguong Kabilin”
(Bloody Legacy) at a hotel here yesterday.
“Duguong Kabilin” is a collection of gruesome and traumatic experiences of the indigenous peoples in
Mindanao as they struggle to take back or retain ownership of their ancestral lands, said Sr. Famita Somogod, of
the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR), and project manager of
the European Union-funded Healing the Hurt project.
‘Healing the Hurt’ is a collaboration of various organizations that seeks to face and find ways to resolve the
intensifying issue of marginalization and rights violations of lumad communities in the island.
“As much as the tribal peoples in Mindanao want to improve their lives, their desire to uplift themselves and
their children have been disrupted by those whose agenda is to promote their self-interest,” Somogod told this
paper in an interview at the sidelines of the event.
Among those existence and way of life are being constantly threatened by the entry of multinational
corporations in their ancestral lands are the Banwaon tribes in Agusan del Sur and the Matigsalug and Higaonon
peoples in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, Somogod said.
It is in these areas, she said, that violations of the lumads’ human rights are rampant.
These problems, she added, are the main issue that ‘Healing the Hurt’ project is trying to address.
“Unfortunately, these communities are the least prioritized by the government and even nongovernment
institutions,” RMP-NMR noted in the latest issue of the group’s “Kidlap” magazine.
Lawyer Czarina Golda Musni reported the partial data with regard to violations of the rights of the lumad.
Ninety cases were recorded by the ‘Healing the Hurt’ project which include extrajudicial killings, frustrated
extrajudicial killing with threats and harassments, forced evacuation, illegal arrests and detentions,
indiscriminate firing, torture and divestment of property.
These cases were documented during the Aquino administration.
“Dili na jud me pwede mu-uli sa amo kay kung mu-uli me sa among lugar kay hutdon me ug patay sa mga
Alamara. Mao ning hinungdan nga naa me sa Malaybalay nag-antus sa tumang kalisud. Thirty me ka pamilya
nga naa didto,” one of the lumad evacuees from Cabanglasan said.
Based on his tribe’s experience, Datu Reynaldo Ayuma from Sitio Camansi, Barangay Banglay in Lagongong,
Misamis Oriental, said they had gone through hardships every time they flee from their homes for fear of their
lives who are threatened by the ongoing fighting between the New People’s Army and the military.
Ayuma said they fled from their upland communities for four times in the last two years due to the armed
conflict.
“We had to go because we don’t want to get killed whenever the rebels and soldiers shoot each other. To avoid
that, we had no choice but to evacuate,” he said in a separate interview.
After a dialogue facilitated by the provincial government, the more than a hundred Higaonon men, women and
children returned home expecting the military will honor the agreement that soldiers will no longer be camping
out within their communities. (With LJ Patanao, BGUMPA/MSU-Marawi Interns)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 30, 2016.

2. CDO village chief refuses to conduct ‘Tokhang,’ says it’s human rights violation
by: Froilan Gallardo July 7, 2016 Category: Top Stories 0 Comments A+ / A-

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 7 July) – At night, Barangay 23 here comes to life with motorcycles
going in and out its streets and alleyways in a never ending frenzy to get stash of illegal drugs.
The Barangay 23 Anti-Drug Council listed at least 15 names of shabu dealers plying their trade openly in their
village.
“They (shabu dealers) conduct their business openly in full view of other residents. That is how brazen they
have became,” Frias told MindaNews.
During a drug bust operations, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency supported by Barangay 23 officials
seized P1.5 million worth of shabu last Dec. 3, 2015.
So it came as no surprise that the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office asked Barangay 23 officials of the list of
suspected drug dealers last week.

a former journalist who still writes occasional sports stories for news publications. All these matters in the scales of justice and is aggravated by a corrupt or insensitive judicial system. Henceforth. There are some perceptions emerging as to who is responsible for the violation of human rights. democracy. Relentless war on crime  Sun. let us do it properly and according to the law. There are a lot of theories these days but most people have formed their own opinions on the issue and are actually betting on the results of the newest game in town. Hence there are killers on the loose—the public perception is it is the police and the law enforcement agencies doing these killings since they are capable of doing it and they received the marching orders from President Duterte. Furthermore. There is also the perception that these killers are vigilantes who could not wait for the law enforcement agencies to put away the guilty – they want to take the matters in their own hands since they don’t trust these law enforcement agencies to do it. I value due process. Issues on human rights violations and due process surfaced anew because of the presidential orders. I understand all that.” Frias said. “I am the first one to say let us arrest and deal harshly with the drug dealers but for God’s sake. The children will bear the brunt of shame. Just like what happens in the movie so it also happens in real life especially in my country of birth where justice is co-terminus with money and power.” Frias said. Don’t get me wrong. He also admonished the police to secure proper search warrants from the courts if they want to raid a house in the village. media and conservatives. liberty and the Constitution. There is also a perception that these killing machines are the big fishes in the pond that want to silence the small fish from leaking information about their business. “I am very firm on this. Frias said inviting or identifying the suspects without evidence or criminal case filed before the courts is a gross violation of their rights. It is understandable that such orders might be mis-interpreted as a go signal for the law enforcement to be the judge and executioner. It’s complicated and hard as it might be for President Rodrigo Duterte to issue the order.com/top-stories/2016/07/cdo-village-chief-refuses-to-conduct-tokhang-says- its-human-rights-violation/ 3. “What if all our information are not true? The damage will be irreparable. I also understand why others commit crime not only because they are dulled by drugs that make them feel they are tough. I deduced the idea that the law has failed in respect to putting away the guilty and so an ordinary man faces great obstacles yet gets the justice he deserves. Church.” . Frias said he asked the police to file the appropriate criminal charges against the suspects rather than subject them to a shame campaign. crime and criminal punishment are arguably the most important public policy questions in contemporary Philippine politics following the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to clean the streets without red tape. Those unlucky few who refused to surrender are now six feet below the ground and it appears that there are quite a number of them. It should be done by the book. namely Oplan “Tokhang.” he said. Read more http://www. No tokhang in our barangay.mindanews. Debates are ongoing because hundreds and hundreds of drug users and pushers have surrendered to local officials and promised to reform. They commit crime because they see it as the only way to survive in a rat race society. He said he does not mind if he will be sharply criticized for his actions.Star Cagayan de Oro  14 Jul 2016 ILOVE the Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood movies “Death Wish” and “Sudden Impact” respectively since they always end up with the assurance that justice was served to the victims. It is a clear human rights violation. Frias said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has yet to issue an order requiring barangay officials to conduct “Tokhang” in their villages. From these movies. But I understand that it is a complicated time and it calls for a unconventional approach. said he and their barangay council complied but told police officials they should not use the list to stage “Oplan Tokhang” (toktok hangyo) in their village. But the problem is when justice sought is between the poor victim and the deprived accused. Frias said the children of these alleged suspects will be traumatized learning that their parents are under suspicion for selling illegal drugs.Frias. it may be the only way to get justice. The order does not work well with the human rights advocates.

A year after if the town is lucky enough the person is out and will return to jail. Trust me that the person responsible may be high on drugs because no one can carry out those burglaries with such brazen abandon. Cops. money and even an umbrella. For discussion purposes. I saw Siony Uriarte’s Facebook post and I put the pieces together. Also on Facebook. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO ZAMBOANGA CITY – Military forces captured three suspected Abu Sayyaf members during an operation in Basilan. It is the new normal and many of them accept it as just part of “normal” society. He knew that it was coming and it was also reported that he was asked to report to the police precinct as part of “Oplan Tokhang” but he didn’t do it. it’s not unusual for cops to suffer from severe migraine from the many crimes committed out there. . either to reform and be redeemed by society or face severe punishment. They were either high on drugs or they know that they can buy the police. Misamis Oriental. I am all for due process and the rights of the accused but I face a dilemma here as I want a society to be safe and for its people to enjoy their lives without fear because law enforcers are able to protect them. 2016 Soldiers prepare to jump from an Army truck during operations. The son of my “sastre” in Tagoloan town was killed a week ago. A tall order in these difficult times and we can only pray for those who died in this war against crime. How many of these cases would result in a plea of guilty so that the sentence would be reduced on grounds of poverty plus the plea sentence is reduced. he really means business when he told the police that it is up to them to use their judgment in cracking down on drug lords. it was reported on this paper. But what is sickening was that an old couple was one of the victims and their savings were taken. Take for instance a simple robbery that took place in El Mundo in Barangay Natumolan in Tagoloan town a month ago – a robbery that remained unsolved. In fact. Every day out in the field they are supposed to be deterrent to crimes but they also offer two choices to criminals. She said yes.Raagas. As the foot soldiers they are in the frontline to enforce law and order. We were robbery victims too three years ago in the same area. let’s assume that the person was caught and charges were filed in court. But I am still waiting on police to snag the big criminal fish—fish as big as an Alaskan salmon. Crime is a complex issue and it’s not just confined to human rights violations and due processit runs deeper than that but foremost is that the Philippines has a broken judicial system. suspicious of anyone and anything that followed him. Never mind that the robber who broke into our house three years ago was not caught. They may also sympathize with victims of crimes. not a Filipino “tamban. Is it done by the vigilantes then? But still it behooves the Tagoloan police force or elsewhere to know who are responsible for the killings. I read some comments about how Tristan lived days before his death. kilos of rice. public defenders and public prosecutors are overloaded with cases and since they’re out there in the field. I did not ask her anymore – I read it somewhere that “gitiwansaubos human moambak ug naguba ang nawong. a military spokesperson said Wednesday. But it saddened her how her son was executed. How many days would the case sit at the police precinct and in the court before it is actually moved from arraignment to trial? That is why many crimes went unreported and in the meantime criminals are free and becoming bolder every day. the courts and the wardens.” (Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City. One of the victims was my niece Dorothy Naelga.” Whatever that means. He was always looking back and forth. The police is an integral part of the law enforcement system in the country. Is that the handiwork of the cops? I don’t know. 3 suspected Abu Sayyaf men captured.But the fact is many people are happy with what is happening now because they may have been victims in the past or have relatives who were victimized. Northern Mindanao in the Philippines and is now working s teacher assistant in one of the school systems in the Carolinas). Crimes against persons and property are escalating to record high levels because criminals commit them without remorse. Was he distrustful? Did he know something big? I have no idea. NATIONAL 1. Of course it is a given that because of the drug menace many lives were destroyed or their futures lost due to bad choices. The other day I asked Siony if her son Tristan was involved in drugs. reports of torture by soldiers surface 2 civilians allegedly mauled by soldiers. Going back to President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders. The person doing it went house-hopping and took cell phones. Why he refused I have no idea. 15-year-old reportedly killed By: Julie Alipala @JulietSAlipala Inquirer Mindanao 07:56 PM April 13th. dealers and users.

“These three ASG suspects were still being subjected to appropriate inquiry and the report was still hazy. said the report was still “hazy” and what he knew was that the identities of the suspects were still being verified as of Wednesday. Compostela police station chief. except that the three suspects were captured in Tipo-tipo town. As this developed. A civilian. but the mining firm denied the allegations. Rights group Karapatan has accused the military of killing Navacilla to silence her strong opposition to the entry of the Filipino-Canadian mining firm. rights violations in ComVal By: Frinston L. in Kingking village.But Major Filemon Tan Jr. adding that Erbito’s killing came just days after the murder of an anti-mining activist and community leader Teresita Navacilla in Pantukan town. The military has not commented on allegations that suspected security forces were behind the killing of Jennifer Villasante Erbito in Compostela town. Nadecor-St. was reportedly killed. He has also confirmed Erbito’s sister is a member of the militant Compostela Farmers’ Association (CFA). KMU slams AFP over murder of activist-farmer’s sister.. the police said. He added she was a coordinator for the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in their community and as far as he knew. did not provide details of the arrest. Hakim Maruan. The report on the arrest of the three suspected bandits came in the wake of claims of some civilians and a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Force that they were arrested in the course of the military operation. Members of the International Monitoring Team. spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command.” Barrientos said.” the mining firm said in a statement. 2016 TAGUM CITY.. “They took turns in kicking and hitting me until I could barely walk.” he said. is now in critical condition after he was beaten black and blue by alleged soldiers when he returned to Baguindan to gather personal belongings. We leave that to the operational forces in Basilan to ascertain if they were indeed members of ASG. it said the KMU had no basis to accuse soldiers of attacking civilian communities in Pantukan and Mabini towns and killing a miner in the process. she did not encounter any problem in that work. “We condemn the latest killings attributed to this blood-thirsty US-Aquino regime that kills at will and with impunity in the name of big corporate mining and agricultural interests. the province is marred by heavy military presence creating a climate oppressive to people’s democratic rights. Chief Insp.” he said. landlords and politicians.” “Navacilla was an effectual liaison between the (firm) and the small-scale miners and was a recipient of various corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects of the company. a son of an overseas Filipino worker. But Olalo said: “Compostela Valley is a resource-rich province targeted for plunder by foreign corporations in connivance with local capitalists. Kristopher Sabsal. As a result. for the spate of killings and human rights violations in Compostela Valley. SFM 2. “We have totally accounted for all of our forces.” said KMU chair Carlo Olalo. Amado Albaciente. Tan said more troops were sent to Basilan. which came after the bloody clashes in Tipo-tipo that led to the killing of 18 soldiers. Augustine. Marine soldiers suddenly barged in and dragged him out of his house. said he went back to his home in Barangay Baguindan on Tuesday after having been granted permission by village officials so he could get his family’s belongings. A 15-year old boy. Jong Aujal. Barrientos said no soldier had been missing following Saturday’s bloody clash that also left 58 soldiers wounded. identified only as Ibno. including their right to organize and form . calling these “baseless and mere fabrication. The MILF man. including Tuesday’smurder of a sister of an activist-farmer there. Aujal said that while he was gathering the things they left behind when they fled in haste. Lim @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 08:38 AM February 11th. Major General Gerardo Barrientos. said cops have started investigating the killing.m. The 43-year-old Erbito was tending her banana cue stall at Purok 12 in Barangay Poblacion when shot by a man around 11:30 a. who have been securing Aujal and Maruan at a hospital declined to issue any comment. Erbito’s common-law husband said his live-in partner had no known enemies. Tan denied knowledge of any manhandling of suspects by soldiers in Basilan. Pantukan. commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. However. Davao del Norte – The militant Kilusang Mayo Uno in Southern Mindanao region slammed the military on Wednesday.

2016 Incoming Philippine National Police Chief Ronald De La Rosa . resulting in the death of a small-scale miner and the wounding of several civilians. triggering a 20-minute firefight.” said Batchar. Napnapan village. The police will be useless. who can be considered as a child-warrior. the police. including a young lieutenant. But the military on Wednesday said an encounter had ensued between Army troops and New People’s Army rebels in Pantukan. . De la Rosa indicated he understood the concerns of the Commission on Human Rights and pledged his leadership would make sure that the bounty system would not be abused and corrupted by managing the anti- crime campaign properly. It needs to be managed properly so it won’t get that bad. all the more we [the police] are afraid of that. Rhyan Batchar. because [we] are maintaining peace and order. Military repression of workers’ rights in Compostela Valley is not new and sadly. Last week. I wish they’d go instead to the [New Bilibid Prison] and scare them with human rights cases. and the wounding of several others. spokesperson of Karapatan-Southern Mindanao. “The soldiers were running after a group of rebels led by alias Raden. Suazo said soldiers also fired rifle grenades toward civilian communities in Post 4.” SFM 3. Gamil @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:42 PM June 16th. made clear his position against vigilantes when asked to react to the the human rights commission’s disapproval of bounties for criminals. speaking to the media at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame. fearing it might trigger human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings. We. Batchar said “the Army has been coordinating with the Commission on Human Rights and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to look into the case of alias Dong. 35. it’s the same with us. He said some of the rebels who fled in the thick of battle sought refuge inside the mining pits and were pursued by soldiers but the government troops could not catch up with the insurgents as the tunnels were extensive and narrow. De la Rosa was quick to defend Duterte’s bounty offer as “pronouncement lang naman [just a pronouncement]. public affairs chief of the army’s 10th Infantry Division. Ronald “Bato” De la Rosa.” De la Rosa pointed out. (RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTO) MANILA — He may talk tough about crushing crime but the incoming national police chief says he is not for vigilantism. said soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 46th and 71st Infantry Battalions also conducted indiscriminate firing and bombings in mining and civilian communities in Mabini and Pantukan towns also on Tuesday. three soldiers. Pantukan town.” “If [the CHR] took note of that…I hope they just take note instead of the pronouncement of those demonic drug lords of a P1 billion [bounty] on [our] heads. it’s all for nothing. the military official said.” Hanimay Suazo. Although apparently sharing the human rights commission’s apprehension on vigilantism. damaging a house and a chapel.” the De la Rosa said. PNP’s ‘Rock’ against vigilante-style killings By: Jaymee T. said Corporal Boskie Carcellar was also wounded following an encounter at Tagdangua village. If the situation gets that disorderly. among them a 14-year old identified as Dong. who were responsible for the series of atrocities in Pantukan when the troops chanced upon some 20 rebels. are really against that. controversy over the bounty system broke out when the Cebu city mayor offered monetary rewards to law enforcers or civilians who could kill or injure criminals. Chief Supt. The Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas expressed alarm over the pronouncement. in Filipino. Capt. An assault rifle believed to be left behind by the fleeing rebels was recovered at the encounter site. has not stopped. Last month. Two soldiers were also hurt.” De la Rosa said. We don’t want that. “If that’s their apprehension. In a press briefing on Tuesday.unions and associations. who handpicked De la Rosa as the next PNP chief. and soldiers allegedly ordered a stop to the mining operations. Quezon city. No less than Duterte. were killed in two clashes between rebels and the 46th IB troops in Pantukan. “If what they’re afraid of is that [the bounty system] will get abused. who has been appointed by President- elect Rodrigo Duterte as the next Philippine National Police director general. have also announced bounties for the capture and even killing of drug lords. if they’re afraid that it will cause massive vigilantism throughout the country. resulting in the death of an alleged rebel identified as Ronel Paas alias Dondon.

nagpapatuloy pa rin ‘yung mga cases of forced disappearance.“All the Mayor [Duterte] is after is what is good for all.” CHR Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon said in an interview with reporters after attending the hearing of the Senate finance subcommittee. sa usapin ng enforced disappearance. but it’s saddening that cases of forced disappearance. the cases have increased overall. Gov.net 01:46 PM October 9th. “When that scourge is gone.) During the hearing on the proposed budget of the CHR. however. Hataman’s chief of staff. “Bumababa ang incidence of human rights violations kumpara nang panahong martial law or early years since martial law pero ang medyo mas malungkot. The suspects. Lucman said based on his investigation. IDL 5. torture and arbitrary arrests continue to happen in this supposedly free and democratic society. Lawyer Rasol Mitmug. Whatever happens. were briefly taken into police custody but had to be released after relatives of the girl refused to file charges against them. The girl was alone at the time of the attack as her family went to a mosque for the Friday prayer. Gascon also told the committee that new reports of extrajudicial killings are recorded almost on a weekly basis. their only objective is selfish: to get rich and to destroy our country. but this year. Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman Jr. Meanwhile. CHR laments surge in cases of extrajudicial killings. the number of cases recorded by the CHR but said it has a database system on such incidents. So let’s all cooperate. De la Rosa.” Gascon said. abuses By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER. So whom should you favor? Those drug lords or this incoming President who just wants the problem to end?” De la Rosa said. the execution was a mutual agreement reached by the families of the victims and the suspects. Salman Udag Sambitory. He pointed out a recent case in Central Luzon where a juvenile who was under detention was later found dead. Philippines — The story of the four men reportedly executed by firing squad last month in Lanao del Sur is far from over yet.” De la Rosa said. extrajudicial killings. (It’s clear that from 2005. Marawi City on August 14. said a team of investigators from the RCHR were sent to Marawi to conduct a probe. Among those who confirmed the reported execution was ARMM Vice Gov. extrajudicial killings. all suspects in the rape. . onwards. 2015 The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed concern on Friday over the “sharp” increase in cases of enforced disappearance. torture and arbitrary arrests in the country. “So while the overall cases have dwindled. Jabbar Rikta Macacua. killing and burning of a 14-year-old girl in Barangay Basak.” SFM/rga 4. extrajudicial killings and torture [are] a matter of concern. the fact that there are sharp increases in enforced disappearance. torture and arbitrary arrests na hindi dapat nangyayari sa isang lipunang demokratiko at malaya. e nag-increase overall although this year.” the CHR chief said. according to reports earlier reaching Hataman. Elias Kamote Pimping and Jalil Alilit Sani. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has ordered the Regional Commission on Human Rights (RCHR) to investigate the reported execution of the four. all he really wants is just for us to succeed in our anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaign. those drug lords who are in jail. “Pero ang matingkad since 2005 onwards. Execution of 4 rape-slay suspects in Lanao Sur ordered probed by ARMM governor By: Nash Maulana @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 05:00 PM September 3rd. “These things should not be the norm. zero. however. 2015 COTABATO CITY. all of us will benefit.” he further said. reminded his future subordinates that they should go after criminals “with or without the money [rewards]. extrajudicial killings.) “So that’s why the Commission on Human Rights is really asking for more support so that we might be able to address these cases. zero enforced disappearance has been reported. They were eventually executed by firing squad. (The incidence of human rights violations has gone down compared with those during the martial law or the early years since the martial law.” Gascon could not immediately provide.

pictures or sounds that are inconsistent with the truth or in a violent.” said Brad Adams. while also making the upcoming ASEAN Community more people oriented 2. rude. Asia director at Human Rights Watch. Ratchaburi province.He said this early. and loss of voting rights for 10 years.” Violators face imprisonment up to 10 years. Nash Maulana. The consultation was attended by Roberto Sarmento de Oliveira Soares. on the same charge after accusing him of helping to deliver NDM booklets in the district. While Horacio Boa Vidad de Almeida.000 baht (US$5. inciting or threatening manner aimed at preventing a voter from casting a ballot or vote in any direction or to not vote. Journalist Arrested for Vote-No Campaign Submitted by admin on Wed. the Deputy of the Commissioner of the Ombudsman/Human Rights Commission of Timor Leste also participated in the event. 2016. Later that day. police arrested three activists from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) – Pakorn Areekul. Thailand: Activists. but jailing a journalist for reporting on the ‘vote-no’ campaign is a serious blow to press freedom in Thailand and any hopes that the vote on the constitution will be a fair one. in collaboration with the Forum ONG Timor Leste (FONGTIL). On July 10 in Ban Pong district. A referendum on the proposed constitution is scheduled for August 7. a probe could not depend solely on testimonial evidence. 2016 8:56PM EDT Junta Further Restricts Criticism of Draft Constitution (New York) – Thai authorities arrested four activists campaigning against the military junta’s draft constitution and a journalist reporting on the campaign. . on behalf of civil society. “Arresting peaceful activists is bad enough. Prayut Chan- ocha. there could be no “air-tight conclusion” that the execution took place. to be able to do so. the HAK Foundation and the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP) organised a national workshop to help increase the understanding among civil society organisations (CSOs) and local communities in Timor Leste of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its human rights mechanism. Article 61 of the 2016 Referendum Act. “With each day the Thai junta is undermining the legitimacy of its own referendum. fines up to 200.600). it had to be supported by a corpus delicti (corpse recovery). criminalizes “anyone who disseminates text. Inquirer Mindanao ASEAN 1.” The authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against the activists and journalist. who updated the participants on the state of the preparations by Timor Leste. 2016-07-13 16:39 July 12. Until bodies are found. and needs the intervention of forensic experts and modern laboratory facilities. a former human rights lawyer. has imposed conditions for the constitutional referendum that have increasingly hindered open public discussion. Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch said today. a journalist with the Prachatai online news agency. as the convenors of SAPA Working Group on ASEAN. ARMM Interior and Local Governments Secretary Anwar Malang. and Anan Loked – for violating the Referendum Act after finding NDM booklets criticizing the draft constitution in their car. aggressive.” Malang said. police arrested another pro-democracy activist. Anucha Rungmorakot. However. The consultation expressed the hope. while he was traveling with the activists. members of the team have received text messages telling them to halt the investigation. The police also arrested Taweesak Kerdpoka. which governs the referendum process. As a country with a vibrant civil society. Panuwat Songsawatchai. that Timor Leste’s membership of the regional institution will strengthen ASEAN’s efforts to promote and protect human rights. Human Rights Watch said. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor Leste. Timor Leste Civil Society Workshop on ASEAN and its Human Rights Mechanism 29 October 2015 1:53 pm On 26-27 October 2015 FORUM-ASIA and the South East Asian Committee for Advocacy (SEACA). Mitmug said even Hataman has received a similar text message but the governor’s response has been to continue with the investigation. said in any case. according to Malang. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta. Timor Leste’s accession to ASEAN will likely bring new energy and dynamics to the institution. “That would entail a long process. the national consultation process emphasized the importance of preparations from both the Government and CSOs before the country will become the 11th member of ASEAN. chaired by Prime Minister Gen.

soldiers arrested 14 activists who were handing out leaflets urging voters to reject the draft constitution. beating and interrogating him before deporting him to Nghe An. 2016 On July 9.” Adams said. Samut Prakarn province. Dung was also held by local police officers who interrogated and tortured him. Some protestors also fought back by throwing stones and bricks at the police. Last month. Yet they still disobey my orders.000 Catholic followers in Con Se parish. No one will be exempted. The attackers detained the visiting activists. the group consisting of five male and three female activists led by Nguyen Trung Truc and Mai Van Tam were kidnapped. General Prayut said that opponents of the draft constitution “have no rights to say that they disagree… I don’t allow anyone to debate or hold a press conference about the draft constitution. and drop criminal charges against all those who peacefully express their political opinions. the military. Arriving in Nghe An for the wedding party of Nguyen Hai. Both the NCPO and the junta- appointed Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) have broadly and arbitrarily interpreted criticisms and dissenting opinions about the draft constitution to be “false information” and a threat to national security. On June 23 in Bang Pli district. On July 7. beaten and robbed by plainclothes agents. police forces in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An allegedly assaulted a group of eight activists from Quang Binh when they came to the province to attend a wedding party of a local pro-democracy activist. In Nghe An. Brad Adams Asia Director The junta has disregarded international human rights law protections that ensure the rights to express their views on the draft constitution and to vote freely. the authorities arrested Watana Muangsook. . The city police detained him. Meanwhile. The demonstrators demanded the Taiwanese Formosa Plastic Group to remove its Hung Nghiep Formosa steel plant in the central province of Ha Tinh after it admitted discharging huge volume of toxic waste into Vietnam’s sea water and caused the massive death of marine species in the 250-km coastline from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue. beating him and later taking him to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport where they forced him to take a domestic flight to Vinh. “The junta can’t expect the Thai people to just shut up and vote on the draft constitution without any debate. injuring many people. 2016-07-13 16:39 By Vu Quoc Ngu. “Both the United Nations and Thailand’s international friends should press hard for General Prayut to immediately end the arbitrary arrest of critics and dissenters. They took off their clothes and left them in a remote area between Nghe An and the neighbor province Ha Tinh. where local police officers awaited and detain him to a car where they beat and interrogated Dung. But on that same day. social activists and human rights defenders amid increasing social dissatisfaction with the government’s response to the environmental disaster in the central coastal region. On April 19. police in the central coastal province of Quang Binh used tear gas to suppress a demonstration of around 2. Human Rights Watch said. Thai authorities charged 19 leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) with violating the junta’s ban on public gatherings of more than five people for opening a referendum monitoring center in Bangkok.With each day the Thai junta is undermining the legitimacy of its own referendum.hrw. and released him several days later. founder and president of the unsanctioned Republican Party of Vietnam. As a result. July 9. cell phones and documents and beating them. Vietnam’s security forces have intensified their persecution against local political dissidents. worsening human rights situation and the government’s weak response to China’s violations of the country’s sovereignty in the East Sea (South China Sea).org 3. police in HCMC also detained Dung. for posting commentary on his Facebook page that he would reject the draft constitution. Eight activists suffered from severe injuries and were taken by local Catholic parishioners to a hospital for urgent treatment.” Source: www.” On April 18. taking all their wallets. Eight Vietnamese Activists Brutally Beaten by Nghe An Police Submitted by admin on Wed. They threatened to be tougher against him next time. the Election Commission and other government agencies – all of which have taken the position that the proposed constitution would benefit the Thai people. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised concerns during a telephone conversation with General Prayut on June 20 about the stepped-up repression ahead of the constitutional referendum. a prominent Pheu Thai party member and former government minister. Hai and the attacked activists are member of the pro-democracy group Brotherhood of Democracy which was established by human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai who was arrested on December 16 last year. former prisoner of conscience Nguyen Viet Dung. not even the media. the only sources of information about the draft constitution for many voters come from the junta- appointed Constitution Drafting Commission. They will be arrested and jailed for 10 years. was deported by police in Ho Chi Minh City to his home town of Nghe An.

However. Instead of warning people about serious contamination of sea water in the central coast. said experts. experts said . Many believe that the fish en-mass death in the central coastal region as water was polluted with heavy chemicals which came from improperly-treated waste discharged by the Taiwanese Formosa Plastic Group which has a $10 billion steel project in Ha Tinh province. June 5. The contamination of sea water in Vietnam’s central coast may affect the region’s economy for decades. Tran Thi Nguyet. Mr. Ho Chi Minh City and Danang and other localities on Sunday [June 5] arrested nearly one hundred of environmental activists during peaceful demonstrations which aimed to demand the government to be transparent in a serious environmental disaster in the central coastal region which has killed hundreds of tons of marine species since April 6. Truong Huy Le. fish sauce and salt production. Ms. not allowing them to go out. Among victims of the police abuse are Pham Nam Hai in Hanoi. Vietnam’s government has yet to publicize the results although the investigation was completed. Luu Van Vinh. CYC-Vclosetrol360. Many activists in Hanoi and HCMC said they have been de facto under house arrest during weekends as local authorities deploy many police officers to patrol near their private residences. The tortured activists said they suffered from serious injuries on their bodies. Two months after the environmental catastrophe. Hanoi’s authorities arrested around 70 activists and released all detainees on afternoon while the police in HCMC still hold many activists. The Office of UN High Commission for Human Rights and many international human rights organizations have condemned Vietnam’s recent suppression against local activists. and Nguyen Van Do and facebooker Huy Truong Le in Saigon. Many Vietnamese have angered as the government has no urgent actions to cope with the disaster in the central coast as well as refused to announce the real causes of the incident. criminals and drug addicts. Nearly Hundreds of Vietnamese Environmentalists Detained during Sunday Peaceful Demonstrations. threatens to use tougher measures to prevent spontaneous demonstrations. 463 in No Trang Long street which is used for holding sex workers. who is also Politburo member of the ruling communist party. local authorities have launched campaign to encourage people to buy seafood harvested by the local fishermen. Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General To Lam. A number of divers were reported to die in water near the place where Formosa discharges waste and many people died and suffered seriously from consuming seafood from the affected areas. detaining and torturing many activists. In this facility in mid-May. thousands of Vietnamese activists have rallied across the nation to protest Formosa and the slow reactions of the government. police violently suppressed many peaceful environmental demonstrations. In May. 2016-06-07 14:56 By Vu Quoc Ngu. and Mr. Quang Binh. calling on the communist government respect its Constitutions and its international obligations on human rights. Vietnamese activists in many localities have conducted peaceful demonstrations to demand permanent suspension of the Ha Tinh province-based Formosa steel plant and request the Taiwanese company to clean the marine environment in the central region and fully compensate the affected people. especially in local fisheries. Nguyen Van Thanh in the central province of Danang. Since May 1. tourism. and CYC- VMA 796 for cleaning their machineries in the project and discharge waste into the sea through a meter-wide and kilometer-long tunnel about 15 meters below the sea surface. the police in the city held hundreds of activists for several days and many detainees said they were beaten by electrical batons during questioning. Recently. Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.net 4. and come to the local beaches. The livelihood of tens of millions of local residents is threatened.vietnamhumanrightsdefenders. including Mr. Vietnam has prioritized high growth rate of the country’s gross domestic products (GDP) and encouraged foreign investors to set up industrial projects nationwide without paying special attention to environmental consequences.Vietnamese activists and environmentalists have disagreed with the government’s settlement of the environmental disaster caused by Formosa in the central coastal region. Many Severely Beaten Submitted by admin on Tue. social activists and human rights when they appear in public places in cities’ centers on Sunday after environmental groups called for nationwide demonstrations during the weekend to demand the government to release the results of investigation on the massive death of millions of fish in the four central province of Ha Tinh. Khanh Le Hoang in the social rehabilitation facility No. CYC-Vprefilm400. 2016 Vietnam’s security forces in Hanoi. including fishermen. Source: www. Authorities in major cities have tightened control and arrested all political dissidents. saying the $500 million compensation from Formosa is not enough for environment cleaning and supporting the affected people. The Taiwanese company admitted to imported 300 tons of very toxic chemicals such as CYC-VPrefilm900. for interrogation. salt farmers and tourism-related businesses in the region. A number of activists were severely beaten by police officers during the detentions and in police’s custody.

detention. Lodkham Thammavong.” Despite signing the ICPPED on 29 September 2008. and Soukan in custody at police headquarters in Vientiane. “The government’s systematic repression of all forms of peaceful dissent underscores the immense gap between Vientiane’s promises to the international community and its abusive behavior at home. Lodkham. The arrest of Lodkham.Source: www. where he went to apply for a passport. In early May 2016. who worked in Bangkok as a domestic worker and a security guard respectively.” said LMHR President Vanida Thephsouvanh. FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. and Soukan was taken is not known and the fate or whereabouts of the three remain unknown. 2016-06-07 13:17 FIDH . at Lodkham's family home in Ban Vang Tay Village. Arbitrary detention of peaceful dissidents is not a new phenomenon in Laos’ recent past. police arrested Lodkham and Somphone. The three had posted numerous messages on Facebook that criticized the government in relation to alleged corruption. support or acquiescence of the State. deforestation. and seven men. Khamphouvieng died in Samkhe prison from food deprivation and prolonged heat exposure in September 2001. 30. and human rights violations. On 26 October 1999. The two organizations also urge the Lao government to speed up the investigation into the enforced disappearance of prominent civil society leader Sombath Somphone. The date on which the video of Somphone.two women. The news report said the three had been arrested for threatening national security by using social media to tarnish the government’s reputation.who were detained in November 2009 for planning to participate in pro-democracy demonstrations in Vientiane. Soubinh.” said FIDH President Karim Lahidji. Somphone. and Keochay. It is believed Soukan. . Nong Bok District. remain in solitary confinement in Vientiane’s Samkhe prison. and Soukan are likely to face years of imprisonment in Laos’ terrifying jails because they told the truth about the appalling human rights situation and the lack of good governance in the country. Sinpasong. Sengaloun Phengphanh. Khammuan Province. the fate or whereabouts of Bouavanh and Keochay remain unknown despite the Lao government’s claim that authorities released Keochay upon completion of his prison term in 2002 and transferred him “to guardians to further educate him to become a good citizen. police in Vientiane arrested five members of the Lao Students Movement for Democracy (LSMD). Somkhit. and Messrs. followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person. abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization. Laos: Three government critics arbitrarily arrested. The two were initially held at the Khammuan provincial prison in Tha Khaek town. Somphone. social justice. Thongpaseuth Keuakoun.” Also unknown are the fate or whereabouts of nine other activists . Souane.International Federation for Human Rights and its member organization for Laos Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) Joint press release Paris. Somphone. Khamsone. who worked in Bangkok as a delivery driver. Kingkeo and Somchit. detained incommunicado Submitted by admin on Tue. for planning peaceful demonstrations that called for democracy. Laos has not yet ratified the convention. Somphone Phimmasone. they were both transferred to an unknown prison in Vientiane. Many of the above-referenced cases amount to enforced disappearance. Somphone. Lodkham. state-run TV showed Lodkham. Authorities must disclose their fate or whereabouts and immediately and unconditionally release them. 32.vietnamhumanrightsdefenders. Nou. Article 2 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) defines enforced disappearance as “the arrest. and respect for human rights. and Sourigna . and Soukan were among a group of about 30 people who protested against their government in front of the Lao embassy in Bangkok. were arrested in March 2016 after returning to Laos from Thailand on 18 February 2016. Bouavanh Chanhmanivong. who was last seen at a police checkpoint on a busy street of Vientiane on the evening of 15 December 2012. “It is extremely troubling that Lodkham. Thongpaseuth and Sengaloun. Ms. thorough. FIDH and LMHR reiterate their call for the Lao government to conduct swift.net 5. To this day. and Soukan was due to their repeated criticism of the Lao government while they were working in Thailand. and Soukan Chaithad. Khamphouvieng Sisa-at. It’s time for foreign governments and donors to raise their voices about human rights violations in Laos and demand Vientiane change its ways. On 25 May 2016. All five were sentenced to 20 years in prison for “generating social turmoil and endangering national security. On 2 December 2015. On 5 March 2016. The three had returned to apply for passports in order to re-enter Thailand and obtain the necessary documents to work legally. and impartial investigations into all cases of enforced disappearances in the country and hold those responsible accountable.” Two of them. 29. 6 June 2016: Lao authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three individuals who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained incommunicado for criticizing the government. was arrested on 22 March 2016 at the Ministry of Public Security head office (‘’Ko Po So“) in Savannakhet City.

indivisibility. liberty and security of person and that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel. which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism Introduction In June 2015. special needs in terms of access to education and enjoyment of the highest standards of health. The complexity and uniqueness of the condition means that their experiences significantly and simultaneously touch on several human rights issues including. but accepted only four of the 10 recommendations that called for an investigation into his disappearance. discrimination based on disability. Mongolia became the 105th country to abolish the death penalty in law. We must not allow even the most atrocious acts to strip us of our fundamental humanity. Ikponwosa Ero as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. genetically inherited condition which occurs worldwide regardless of ethnicity or gender. It also recalled the universality. causing vulnerability to sun exposure.Tel: +33672284294 (Paris) Source: www. Mongolia’s passage of this law. skin and eyes (oculocutaneous albinism). For more information on the mandate. please click here. Zeid hails end of death penalty in Mongolia GENEVA (9 December 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday hailed the end of the death penalty in Mongolia as a welcome step in the fight for the human rights of all. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood.” the High Commissioner said. Spanish) . infanticide and abandonment of children. which is the result of strong and sustained leadership on this issue. or have not carried out executions in the last 10 years. Andrea Giorgetta (English) . Last week. the result being deeply engraved stigma. Persons with albinism are a unique group whose human rights issues have generally gone unnoticed for centuries. Arthur Manet (French. harmful traditional practices. the Human Rights Council reaffirmed that everyone has the right to life. Laos rejected all eight recommendations that called for investigations into all allegations of enforced disappearance in the country and dismissed such allegations as “not true. has reaffirmed this essential truth.org WORLD 1.fidh. but not limited to. Press contacts  Mr. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition. the Human Rights Council appointed Ms. violence including killings and ritual attacks. during its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR).Tel: +66886117722 (Bangkok)  Mr. Another 60 states have moratoria.” The government acknowledged Sombath’s disappearance. socially and medically. 2. “This development is very encouraging and a clear example of positive progress in the fight for human rights for all – including people convicted of terrible crimes. discrimination and violence against them across various countries. non-contagious. In creating the mandate. Background New Special Rapporteur Ikponwosa “IK” EroAlbinism is a rare.On 23 June 2015. trade and trafficking of body parts for witchcraft purposes. ENDS . discrimination based on colour. inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. It most commonly results in the lack of melanin pigment in the hair. English. interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and the need for persons with albinism to be guaranteed the full enjoyment of their rights and freedoms without discrimination.