SF CHRP (San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines) is a San Francisco based human rights advocacy group. Latest news and views on human rights in the Philippines.
The latest human rights report for the months of April through June by Karapatan is now out. Part of this quarter’s issue focuses on the killing of urban poor activist Ernesto Guflo and Dutch national and NGO worker Willem Geertman. The issue also focuses on the fact that:
More than 20 country members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) called attention to the continuing extrajudicial killings (EJK), enforced disappearances, torture and otherhuman rights violations (HRVs) and the prevailing climate of impunity in the Philippines.
Simultaneous to the review were the lobby efforts of the Philippine UPR Watch, a network composed of people’sand human rights organizations, led by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and Karapatan.The group conducted dialogues and meetings withrepresentatives of various diplomatic missions andinternational NGOs to present the real picture of humanrights in the Philippines.The UPR covered the last two years of the GloriaArroyo regime and its Oplan Bantay Laya and the first 16 months of the Noynoy Aquino government and its Oplan Bayanihan. A few weeks before the UPR, the governmentand the AFP alternately came out with misleading pressreleases that said there was a decrease in the number ofextrajudicial killings and ‘zero rights violations’ for thefirst four months of 2012. But the government’s effort to sweep the rights violations under the carpet of deceptiveslogans of Oplan Bayanihan did not work.