Focus on the Global South, Philippines, a network that works with Christian Aid sand others, says there have been 18 killings since April 2006 alone
Churches, NGOs, human rights groups and church agencies in the Philippines are asking the government there to investigate the rising number of killings of social activists, journalists and church and aid workers.
Church and civil society groups say that around 600 activists have been killed in the Philippines since 2001. The majority of the victims were shot by unidentified gunmen.
Focus on the Global South, Philippines, a network that works with Christian Aid sand others, says there have been 18 killings since April 2006 alone.
The group claims that most of the murders have not been properly investigated and remain unresolved, leading to speculation among activists that they may have been politically motivated.
According to church and development organizations, the majority of the recent victims were peaceful campaigners belonging to legal bodies such as trades unions, peace groups and organizations representing farmers and indigenous peoples.