PAHRA joined the celebration of the International Womens Day through a flash mob in front of Sagitarius Mines Incorporated (SMI), in Ayala , Makati City. The women expressed their protest againts corporate mining which continue to violate human rights of Indigenous Peoples, of children and women. It violates our rights to enjoy and protect our rich natural resources .
Tampacan mining is the largest mulri-foreign investment in the Philippines and largest copper mine in the world. It is located between the provinces of Davao del Sur and Cotabato covering 10,000 hectares of land. Part of the land are owned by the B'Laan tribe.
Killings of B'Laans in October 2012 and January 2013 including a women leaders and her two children happened in Davao del Sur due to heightened militarization in the area. The Mayor of Kiblawan admitted that SMI is funding the allowance of the military and para-military groups in the area.
International Women’s Day. 08 March 2013. Today, we celebrate our hopes, our rights, our voices, our movements as we continue to work towards the elimination of violence and discrimination, our right to self-determination, our right to decide on our bodies, communities and natural resources. We voice out the development we want. We move towards equality and justice. We dance until we are all free.
On January 23, 1977, the newspaper Bulletin Today bannered this headline: “One-sided press reports scored. No violations of human rights – FM”.
Ferdinand Marcos was then vehemently denying the reports of massive and grave human rights violations perpetrated since his seizing a second term presidency by imposing martial law on September 21, 1972. Mainly documented by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), established by the Association of Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) in 1974, these violations reached the international community and the then U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Marcos used the State machinery to produce a coercive environment and to engender a culture of impunity that persist till the present.compensation act signing Feb 25, 2013
We strongly urge President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to sign into law the Anti- Enforced Disappearance bill on Monday, December 10, 2012, as we commemorate the International Human Rights Day, to show his administration’s clear resolve to uphold human rights and end impunity.
There is no better day for the President to reaffirm his commitment to human rights and vow to end enforced disappearances than on this day as the world observes the 64th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the first universal recognition of our fundamental rights and freedoms as human persons.