The Women’s Organizing Committee of Migrante BC condemns, in the strongest terms, the terrorist tagging of Indigenous rights defenders from the Cordillera, thereby endangering their lives and the lives of their friends, families, colleagues, and communities.
We stand in support and solidarity with the activists and human rights defenders in the Cordillera who continue to work tirelessly to uphold self-determination and the protection of their ancestral domains, organizations such as the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA-KARAPATAN). We denounce the inclusion of several Indigenous rights defenders on the government’s terrorist proscription list: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Kankanaey), current UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Joan Carling (Kankanaey), former Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), current Co-Convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development, former CPA Chair and current member of the CPA Advisory Council; Jose Molintas (Ibaloi), a human rights lawyer, former Asia representative to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), former CPA Chair and current member of the Advisory Council; Beverly Longid (Kankanaey-Bontok), current global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), current Co-Chair of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), former CPA Chair and current member of the Advisory Council; Joanna Cariño (Ibaloi), member of the CPA Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the SANDUGO Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self Determination; Windel Bolinget (Kankanaey-Bontok), current Chairperson of the CPA and National Co-convenor of KATRIBU national alliance of indigenous peoples in the Philippines; Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding (Kankanaey), former chairperson of CPA-Tongtongan ti Umili and current Regional Coordinator of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers – Cordillera; and Sherwin de Vera, Regional Coordinator of DEFEND Ilocos and member of the Save The Abra River Movement (STARM).
This move by the government is just the latest in a series of recent attacks on legitimate people’s organizations in the area perpetrated by the Duterte regime, attacks that target organizations and individuals who are exercising their fundamental and democratic rights which include the right to organize for their rights and welfare and the right to dissent. The escalation of human rights violations against Cordilleran activists, advocates, organizations, and communities includes such egregious actions as illegal arrests, detention, political vilification, persecution, threats, harassment, intimidation, the filing of trumped-up charges, and extrajudicial killings, as with the deplorable shooting of Ricardo Mayumi, leader of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), on March 2, 2018.
We stand with Indigenous groups in the Cordillera and the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) in calling for justice for Ricardo Mayumi and for all those who have fought, and died, for the right of Indigenous Peoples to land, liberty and self-determination.
JUSTICE FOR ALL INDIGENOUS RIGHTS DEFENDERS!
DISMANTLE THE CAFGU AND ALL PARAMILITARY GROUPS!
MILITARY TROOPS OUT OF INDIGNEOUS COMMUNITIES!
DEFEND THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS TO THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS AND TO SELF-DETERMINATION!
March 10, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada