Stop the Killings in the Philippines

Recent years have seen an extraordinary number of political activists and human rights defenders extra-judicially killed in the Philippines. Reports indicate that approximately 290 such persons have been killed since 2004. These figures and the current situation in the Philippines are entirely unacceptable and require urgent intervention by the government if the killings are to stop.

In spite of massive protest locally and internationally, the government of the Philippines has not taken any significant steps to stop the extrajudicial killings. Either the government is unwilling or it is not capable of stopping such killings. It is time to resist this massive violation of human right to life, which now takes place with the government's direct or tacit consent. We urge everyone to take part in active protests to stop these killings and to return to the democratic way of life, as in the constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. Currently, the country's constitution, as well as the international obligations that the state of the Philippines has agreed to, remain flouted by such killings.

Recent years have seen an extraordinary number of political activists and human rights defenders extra-judicially killed in the Philippines. Reports indicate that approximately 290 such persons have been killed since 2004. These figures and the current situation in the Philippines are entirely unacceptable and require urgent intervention by the government if the killings are to stop.

In spite of massive protest locally and internationally, the government of the Philippines has not taken any significant steps to stop the extrajudicial killings. Either the government is unwilling or it is not capable of stopping such killings. It is time to resist this massive violation of human right to life, which now takes place with the government's direct or tacit consent. We urge everyone to take part in active protests to stop these killings and to return to the democratic way of life, as in the constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. Currently, the country's constitution, as well as the international obligations that the state of the Philippines has agreed to, remain flouted by such killings.

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