Philippines: Rights groups sign Open Letter in solidarity with 10 human rights defenders amid ongoing criminalization
'Philippines: Global solidarity with Filipino human rights defenders', 5 December 2022
... Elisa Tita Lubi, Karapatan Chairperson; Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General; Roneo Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary General; Gabriela Krista Dalena, Karapatan Treasurer; Edita Burgos; Wilfredo Ruazol, and Jose Mari Callueng, Karapatan National Council members; Gertrudes Ranjo Libang, Gabriela Chairperson; Joan May Salvador, Gabriela Secretary General; and Sr. Elenita Belardo, RMP member, are facing trial before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 37 on malicious and trumped-up charge of “perjury” in retaliation for their actions seeking legal protection for human rights defenders. The week of January 2, 2023 the verdict will be handed down. If convicted, they could face up to four months or up to more than two years of imprisonment... The charges ... have been widely condemned by regional and global civil society organisations as well as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders... In the Philippines, human rights defenders continue to face attacks, killings, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention and stigmatisation campaigns by State agents, proxies, supporters and enablers...
Between January 2015 and October 2022, the Philippines recorded the highest number of attacks against human rights defenders in BHRRC's HRDs database.