Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines
On Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the entire Mindanao Island while on a state visit in Russia, following the fighting between the military and the Maute group.
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It’s been over a year since the late afternoon on 16 April 2016 when Den Kamlae went missing on his way to collect forest items. Material evidence was later discovered between 23-25 March 2017. Today, these important materials are still under examination by forensic scientists and the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS).
April 20, 2017
An all women protest led by Philwomen on ASEAN was held today in Manila on the opening of the 30th ASEAN Summit. The protestors raised human rights concerns and held ASEAN governments accountable for the domino effect on women's rights and people's rights of the pursuits of neoliberal economic policies. International delegates from ACSC/APF joined the action after a short dialogue with governments earlier today and a press conference.
Civil society organizations from Indonesia, Philippines, and Europe criticized the European Union’s Multilateral Investment Court proposal as an attempt to multilateralise the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism and establish a global corporate court system.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom made a strong pitch for a global investment court at the meeting between the EU and ASEAN Economic Ministers held in Manila last week.
The European Commission proposal for a multilateral mechanism to settle investor-state disputes (ISDS) – publicly branded as a Multilateral Investment Court – would take us down that second path. It threatens to forever lock-in the highly controversial ISDS system that only benefits corporations.
Forest destruction and encroachment on public land are issues that have figured highly on the agenda of the current military government. Since 2014, the introduction and implementation of controversial legislations, cabinet resolutions and policies, including NCPO Orders no.