On June 12 Hindi-Pendence Day, NYCHRP Affirms the Struggle for Human Rights and Freedom

For Immediate Release

June 12, 2018

Reference: Glenn Ramirez, Organizational Development Officer, New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP), nychrp@gmail.com

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NEW YORK, NY – Today, June 12, marks 120 years since the Philippines declared independence from Spanish colonization. Many Filipino communities, both home and abroad, are commemorating this milestone with festivities. Lamentably, there is nothing to truly celebrate as the Philippines is not yet an actual sovereign.

Last week, on June 3, 2018, members of NYCHRP joined migrants, professors, college students, youth, children, activists, members of the Filipino diaspora, and other human rights defenders, advocates, and allies for a Black Sunday Protest that took place during the annual Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City. Led by the Malaya Movement as part of their campaign to Resist Duterte’s Dictatorship and Defend Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines, the action intended to register the growing concern amongst Filipinos and allies in the US by taking to the streets to march and rally in protest.

400 demonstrators wore black, marchers in protest took part of the parade, proceeding down Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. As the group approached the grandstand, the members of the demonstration laid down for a die-in to demonstrate the killings of people in the Philippines as a result of the drug war and others that have been killed through the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao and impunity in the country.

A few weeks before June 3, NYCHRP held a vigil to mourn the one year anniversary of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, commemorating all the lives that have been lost since this declaration and since Duterte’s presidency more generally, particularly in his War Against Drugs that has led to the killings of at least 20,000 Philippine people, a number that continues to rise every day.

NYCHRP is aware of this rise in the consolidation of Duterte’s power, and we remain vigilant by standing up for human rights, justice, and democracy.

NYCHRP condemns Duterte’s fascist regime and the actions of the Philippine government and those that support him. We reject his human rights violations, his anti-people policies, his corruption and his selling-out of Philippine sovereignty. We call for an end to the killings, his drug war, and the funding from the US that directly supports Duterte and his dictatorship.

As a member organization of the Northeast chapter of the recently launched ICHRP-US (International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines), it is our mission as peace loving people to raise awareness to the worsening human rights abuses happening in the Philippines.

We support the Philippine people in their quest to realize genuine democracy in their homeland.

STOP THE KILLINGS! FIGHT TYRANNY!

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June 3rd NYCHRP Statement on Human Rights and Democracy

Rodrigo from NYCHRP, the New York Committee of Human Rights in the Philippines, (a member of the ICHRP, the International Committee of Human Rights in the Philippines) shares the need for us to organize our people for genuine democracy.

June 3: March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines

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This coming June 3rd, at the Philippine Independence Day parade in New York City, we’re calling on all freedom loving Filipinos and allies to show our outrage against the rising dictatorship in the Philippines. It is important to for us to turn out the biggest protest against the brutal Duterte regime and send a strong message that overseas Filipinos and the international community rejects his human rights violations, his anti-people policies, his corruption and his selling-out of Philippine sovereignty.

As Duterte further destroy democracy in the Philippines and consolidates his power, it leaves us with no choice but to take it to the parliament of the streets. There’s no better way to celebrate Philippine independence day than by standing up for human rights, justice and democracy in the Philippines. On June 3rd, we must show up! See you there!

Ang tao, ang bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban!

#FightTyranny #BlackSundayProtest #StopTheKillingsPH

What: March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in NYC
When: Sunday, June 3, 10am – onwards
Where: Assembly point 38th St. (bet. Madison and Park)

The theme of the march and rally “March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines”. We will use this action to unite various communities who are concerned about the following, but not limited to:

– The continuing War on Drugs that have claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people without due process
– The attacks on democracy and its institutions, including the attacks on judicial independence with the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the attacks on the Commission on Human Rights, and others
– The attacks on human rights defenders and activists, with the labelling of over 600+ individuals as “terrorists”, including a UN Special Rapporteur, Ms. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz
– The sellout of Philippine sovereignty, with Duterte silent on both China’s occupation of our territories in the West Philippines Sea and the continuing Balikatan military exercises with the United States
– The continuing rampant corruption that continues to impoverish our people
– The dictatorial ambitions of Duterte, by changing the constitution with term extensions, extension and expansion of Martial Law in Mindanao or through a Revolutionary Government”

If you are interested in joining us and mobilizing your members to participate in the June 3rd March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines, please sign up as an endorsing organization here:

www.tinyurl.com/malayajune3rdsignup

After signing up we’ll follow up with you directly to discuss your organizations participation. In the meantime, here’s a Facebook event to join and share with your friends and networks:

https://www.facebook.com/events/229608094289807/

Join our social media campaign and build visibility for the Malaya Movement and our upcoming march on June 3rd by signing up here:

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/70081-fighttyranny-in-the-ph

If you have questions, ideas or need more information, please contact malayamovement.ne@gmail.com

For background information on the Malaya Movement, including the history, principles and full list of demands, checkout: www.malayamovement.com

There is much for us to do together as we get ready in the next couple of weeks. If you or members of your organization would like to support, please email malayamovement.ne@gmail.com