End Canada's Support for Duterte Regime and Abuses of Human Rights
Canadians stand opposed to the Canadian government's continued support
for Canadian mining companies' crimes against the people of the
Philippines and the continuing sales of military equipment and training
of police and armed forces. Canadian mining companies make up close to
20 per cent of all mining operations in the Philippines where they have
forcibly displaced Indigenous peoples from their hereditary lands and
collaborate in the Rodrigo Duterte regime's violent attacks on land
defenders. The Canadian government also supports the regime with
military funding and cooperation, in the amount of $37.9 million in
2018-2019, as well as providing training for Philippine military and
A recent report on human rights violations
shows the need for Canadians to step up their work to hold the Canadian
government to account and demand an end to the criminal activities of
Canadian mining companies and an end to government support for the
On September 13, the Independent
Commission of Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the
Philippines (INVESTIGATE PH) tabled the third and final report of its
investigation into widespread and worsening human rights abuses by the
Rodrigo Duterte regime since it came to power in July 2016.
PH was established by the International Coalition for Human Rights in
the Philippines (ICHRP) in response to the tepid Resolution 45/33
adopted by the Office of the UN Human Rights Council which whitewashed
the gross human rights violations which the UN Human Rights Office
itself had documented. More than 250 extrajudicial killings of human
rights defenders, legal professionals, trades unionists, Indigenous
peoples and peasant activists were documented between 2015 and 2019.
INVESTIGATE PH was led by 17 eminent personalities and human
rights defenders from around the world serving as Commissioners. They
were assisted by a large number of legal workers, researchers and
others who carried out extensive interviews with victims and their
families as well as human rights activists. The report is a tribute to
the fighting people of the Philippines as well as a call to action to
end these crimes against humanity and war crimes by the regime.
The first report, released in March 2021, documented
intensifying political repression immediately following the June 2020
report (A/HRC/44/22) of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR). It showed how the July 2020 Anti-Terrorism Act
(ATA) and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict
(NTF-ELCAC) are used by the government to terrorize, criminalize and
eliminate opposition to the Duterte regime by progressive and
The second report released in
July 2021 probed deeper into state abuse and impunity as well as the
lack of redress mechanisms for victims of state terror and violence.
The third report focuses on the violations of collective human rights
to development, self-determination and peace in the Philippines, as
well as violations of civil and political rights.
significance is the Report's conclusion about the key role played by
the U.S. which has dominated the island nation and the conditions that
have led to poverty, landlessness and exploitation which have worsened
under the Duterte government.
The Report calls for
the UN and the international community to do their duty to the people
of the Philippines by supporting their struggle for their rights; it
calls for the immediate resumption of the stalled peace talks between
the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the
Philippine state. It supports the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and
Economic Reforms put forward by the NDFP as the basis of ensuring the
rights of the people of the Philippines, among other proposals.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) congratulates
INVESTIGATE PH for this historic document tabled before the world. This
work brings into sharp focus the state of human rights in the
Philippines under the U.S.-backed Duterte regime and calls on the
people of Canada and the world to stand with the heroic people of the
Philippines who are asserting their right to be under the most brutal
conditions imposed by U.S. imperialism and its local collaborators.
No to Human Rights Abuse and Impunity
in the Philippines!
One Humanity, One Struggle!
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 10 - October 10, 2021