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H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Dear President Aquino,
As the International Human Rights Day on December 10 approaches, Karapatan and its network of people’s organizations, human rights defenders and peace advocates are mounting several activities and actions nationwide to highlight the continuing human rights abuses under your administration as a result of your intensified military operations through the government’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.
Karapatan has documented 222 cases of extrajudicial killing, 23 enforced disappearances, 221 frustrated killings, 105 victims of torture, and more than 40,000 individuals who have been forcibly evacuated due to military operations.
These are occurring amid the backdrop of unhampered plunder of lands and resources by large-scale and destructive mining and agro-plantations by foreign and local big business, landlessness and landgrabbing, joblessness, forced evictions of urban poor dwellers, criminal neglect of typhoon survivors, increased US military intervention and presence, and corruption by those in power.
In the nation’s capital, more than 300 peasants, indigenous peoples and advocates from Mindanao, are taking part in a 3-week People’s Camp-out dubbed as Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 (People’s Journey for Food and Peace in Mindanao) which brings to fore the continuing killing of indigenous peoples, environmental/anti-mining activists and peasants; criminalization of the work of human rights defenders and filing of trumped up charges against them; sexual abuse on women and the pervading climate of impunity and unpeace in the communities because of intensifying military operations that result to attacks against schools, forced evacuation, and deprivation of social services.
I call on you to stop these human rights abuses.