Watch to the Philippine Government: Spreading Lies at the United
Philippine UPR Watch
September 20, 2012
Philippine UPR Watch and other Human Rights NGO's slammed the glowing
report and statement of the Philippine Government during the
consideration of the working Group Report on the Philippines Universal
Periodic Review at the 21st session of the United Nations Human Rights
Council which runs September 10-28, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.
In her oral intervention,
Marie Hilao Enriquez Chair of KARAPATAN and Co-Head of Delegation of
the UPR Watch Philippines said that “extra-judicial executions,
disappearances, other human rights violations and impunity persist
under the so called democracy and even under the so called righteous
path taken by the new President Noynoy Aquino.” She said that under
the two-year administration of Aquino, KARAPATAN has documented 99
victims of extra-judicial executions. Enriquez delivered her statement
on behalf of the Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation.
"The Philippine Government
has shamelessly spread lies here at the United Nations. Just last
week, Genesis Ambason, a leader of the Matigsalog tribe in Agusan del
Sur, was brutally killed by paramilitary groups under the command of
the Philippine Military,” Hilao-Enriquez’s reaction to the statement
of the Philippine government delegation head, H.E. Teofilo S. Pilando,
Deputy Executive Secretary Vice Minister of the Office of the
President, who said that the Aquino government remains committed to
human rights and has, in fact, accepted 62 recommendations by the UN
Member States, including an end to end extra-judicial executions.
In a separate oral
intervention, Dr. Rommel Linatoc of the National Council of Churches
in the Philippines (NCCP), a member of the Philippine UPR Watch
delegation, said, “the Philippine Report was very selective in its
presentation of data. It intentionally left out the essential issues
such as the almost zero conviction rate of perpetrators of human
rights abuses; the failure of the government to press charges and
arrest suspects and the continuing effects of the the Oplan Bayanihan
a counterinsurgency program against the Filipino people.” Dr. Linatoc
read a joint statement of the World Council of Churches - Churches
Commission on International Affairs, the United Methodist Church
Global Board Global Ministry and the Indian Council of South America (CISA).
On May 29, 2012, the
Philippines was one of the first 16 countries examined under the
Universal Periodic Review; at that time, 69 countries quizzed the
Philippine Government on its human rights record and at least 22
countries expressed concern over the spate of extra-judicial killings
in the country. The UPR is a mechanism of the United Nations Human
Rights Council to review the human rights record of the UN Member
States every four year.
Other human rights NGO’s
like the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Save the Children
International, Asian Legal Resource Center, Forum Asia and others also
raised deep concern about the human rights situation in the
The members of the
Philippine UPR Watch for the 21st session of the Human Rights Council
are: Ms. Marie Hilao Enriquez of Karapatan; Dr. Rommel Linatoc of the
NCCP; Ms. Melona Daclan of Defend Job Philippines; Mr. Michael Yoshii
of the United Methodist Church of California-Nevada, USA and Ms.
Maribel Mapanao of the International Coordinating Committee for Human
Rights in the Philippines (ICCHRP) in Europe.