Human Rights

Human Rights

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Human Rights

In a petition filed in a Manila court dated February 21, 2018, seen by Human Rights Watch, the Department of Justice submitted a 55-page list that included long-time leaders of the communist movement such as Netherlands-based Jose Maria Sison, who founded the CPP in 1969, but also Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national known for advocating for the rights of indigenous people in the Philippines, denied the allegation, calling it “baseless, malicious and irresponsible.”

Previously, Duterte has had a close relationship with the communist movement, even appointing some leftist leaders to his cabinet. Many communist and left-wing activists initially supported him and did not oppose his murderous “war on drugs,” which has caused more than 12,000 deaths. But after the peace talks broke down, they turned against him.

The Justice Department petition is a virtual government hit list. There's a long history in the Philippines of the state security forces and pro-government militias assassinating people labeled as NPA members or supporters. The Duterte administration should publicly reject this petition and ensure the safety of those listed in it – or risk being complicit in the resulting crimes.

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