Activism is NOT a Crime! Defend the Defenders of Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Cordilleras!

Kaisahan Balita - Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor

For Immediate Release

Press Statement

March 24, 2015

Reference: Patrick Racela, Head Coordinator, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor

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Activism is NOT a Crime! Defend the Defenders of Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Cordilleras!

We, the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor express great support and solidarity for the human rights activists and indigenous rights advocates facing political vilification and harassment in the Cordilleras. As cultural advocates who support the cultures and practices of indigenous peoples, we condemn the elements that threaten the lives of peace loving people working towards building a more just society.

The increased political vilification is a prelude to instances of human rights violations, such as illegal arrests on bogus, trumped-up charges, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, as observed historically. Such was the case for human rights activist, William Buggati, who was extrajudicially killed on March 25th, 2014.  The targeted individuals and peoples’ organizations have…

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