Philippines

(New York, August 16, 2016) – Thai authorities should urgently release a student activist detained since August 6, 2016, for peacefully protesting the military junta’s proposed constitution, Human Rights Watch said today. Until his release, the Department of Corrections should transfer Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa, who has been on a hunger strike since August 7 at Phu Khiao prison in Chaiyaphum province, to a hospital where he can be under medical supervision.

Focus on the Global South-Philippines is a member organization of iDefend, a broad coalition of human rights defenders in the Philippines launched last August 12 amidst the increasing number of extrajudicial killings & rampant violation of human rights under President Duterte's war on drugs.The main call of the coalition is human rights for all. On the same day, the group held its first general assembly. Below is iDefend's (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity) launching statement.

Gloria Capitan (third from left) with members of the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML)

By Galileo de Guzman Castillo, Focus on the Global South & Carmina Flores-Obanil, 11.11.11

A LONG WAIT FOR JUSTICE. Mounds of melted candle wax spread below the chair where Gloria Capitan sat in her family’s karaoke bar on July 1, when two unidentified motorcycle-riding men shot her in the neck. No suspects have been caught up to this day.

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