The human rights situation in the Philippines continues to worsen. During his November 2017 visit, US President Trump expressed support for Philippine President Duterte’s “War on Drugs”, war on Moro and Lumad peoples, and counter-insurgency war. Since the beginning of this “drug war”, 13,000 victims have already been claimed—a number which includes the killing of the poor and extra-judicial killings of human rights advocates and faith-based leaders, in addition to increased incidents of harassment, evacuations, and massacres of peasants and indigenous communities.

This sudden and relentless onslaught of killings and other reprehensible means of political repression harken back to the days of recent past, when under former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo the killings of community organizers, social justice advocates, journalists, and faith-based leaders were daily news. Duterte’s cancellation of the peace talks and declaration of activists and revolutionary forces as “terrorists” even foreshadows the return of a fascist dictatorship akin to that of former President Ferdinand Marcos’s Martial Law just decades ago. Then as it is now, these killings and political repression reflect a US-backed regime hell-bent on protecting the socio-economic status quo, eliminating with impunity those actively opposed to it.

From April 24—27, as part of their Stop the Killings Speaking Tour 2018: The People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines, representatives from the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) will deliver a set of discussions in several community spaces around New Jersey and New York City, calling for support from local human rights advocates to devise a plan of action that will stop the US government from funding the Duterte Administration’s repression of its own people.

Join ICHRP-US and Malaya Movement as we call for the deepest solidarity with the Filipino people and the broadest opposition to stop the killings, end US military aid, and to prevent another fascist dictatorship in the Philippines!

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STOP THE KILLINGS: Duterte’s War on Drugs Through the Lens of Raffy Lerma

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Duterte’s War on Drugs Through the Lens of Raffy Lerma

Join the NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) for a special event highlighting photojournalist Raffy Lerma’s work that has captured harrowing scenes of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs. Lerma’s photos, featured by the NY Times and other mainstream media outlets, expose the Philippine government’s systemic violence against the country’s poor. Learn from Lerma and NYCHRP the realities of the War on Drugs and how the international human rights community can stand with its victims and the Filipino people who are resisting state repression.

October 23, 2016 at 6PM
Starr Bar – 214 Starr, Brooklyn, NY 11237 | |

February 11 – Peace Talks Summit on the Philippines, Colombia, and Palestine.


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Peace Talks Summit: Transitional Justice and the Road to Lasting Peace
Feb 11Saturday
12 PM – 5 PM
Fordham Law School, Room 201-A

What is Peace? If attainable, how is it attained? How do countries impacted by violence and social unrest, move forward? What can individuals do to support peace in uncertain times?

Join us for a Summit that seeks to address these and other other pressing questions related to the pursuit of peace around the world. The Peace Talks Summit will focus on the Philippines, Colombia and Palestine, and will highlight the history that gave rise to each conflict, the challenges faced on the road of transitional justice, and the hopes for a lasting peace.

This past year brought historic leaps and challenges in several peace processes. In the Philippines, after years of delay of negotiations by past presidents, the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the resumption of the formal peace talks between the GPH and NDFP in Oslo, Norway. Now President Duterte has swiftly shifted his position and the Government out of the negotiations. In Colombia, the government and the FARC reached a final deal – rejected first in a plebiscite – but later re-worked and pushed through Colombia’s Congress. In Palestine, the struggle for peace continues with new challenges posed by the Trump administration.

International solidarity is needed now more than ever. All are welcome.

Sponsored by the NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), member organizations of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), and Students for Justice in Palestine – Fordham University.
This event is also part of BAYAN USA Northeast’s Philippine Solidarity Week.