Galileo de Guzman Castillo
MANILA, Philippines - Focus on the Global South joined thousands of human rights defenders to commemorate the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016: Global Day of Action in Defense of the Right to Life. The mobilization was led by the In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement or iDEFEND. Focus is a member of iDEFEND, a grassroots movement that defends the rights and upholds the dignity of all Filipinos. iDEFEND engages with the government, educates and organizes the public and transforms collective voices into public action.
About 150 activists, community leaders, and climate justice advocates from various climate networks and people's movement marched from the University of Santo Tomas to the Mendiola Peace Arch, and were joined by residents of Barangay 105, the local community affected by Rock Energy International Corporation's coal stockpile located in Happyland, Tondo, Manila.