Karapatan welcomes the statement of UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the human rights situation in the Philippines, as she highlighted the urgent need to stop the killings and attacks in line with the drug war and against human rights defenders in the country.
We call on the Member States of the UN Human Rights Council to heed the appeal of the UN special rapporteurs and that of the victims of human rights violations and their relatives in the Philippines for an independent investigation into the spiralling human rights situation in the country. Such international human rights mechanisms are available venues for redress and accountability for the victims, and any rejection of such measures can only mean an outright disregard of human rights principles.
Excerpts from the Opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human RightsMichelle Bachelet at the 41st UN Human Rights Council
HIYAW or 'shout out' is a voice of the militant and progressive Filipinos and sharply articulates cries, statements and calls of their mass organizations, formations, groups and communities which are bound by a common love for the motherland, specifically the struggle to achieve genuine freedom, democracy, justice, progress and lasting peace in the Philippines.
We observe this year the 100th anniversary of the 1986 Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonization, and the 26th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm of 1970. The two are interrelated, and are historic events to the Filipino people since both had to do – and still have to do – with our people’s continuing struggle for national independence and democracy.