CHR abhors spate of killings, arrests, assaults on human rights workers

Published March 8, 2021, 1:09 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed deep concern on what it called as spate of killings, arrests and assaults of activists and human rights workers by the military and the police.

Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN)
Commission on Human Rights

In particular, the CHR referred to the deaths of nine persons suspected of having links to communist rebels and the arrest of six others, one of them a 61-year-old mother and human rights worker, during the operations in Southern Tagalog provinces last Sunday, March 7.

In a statement, CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit said: “The Commission is deeply concerned with the intensified police crackdowns on progressive organizations and the arrests of activists in the Southern Tagalog Region….”

Dumpit said the CHR is also saddened by the arrest of a 61-year-old woman, Nimfa Lanzanas, a day before the celebration of the Intertnational Women’s Day on Monday, March 8.

She said that Lanzanas is a paralegal aid of Kapatid, an organization that supports political prisoners as well as their families and friends.

“We urgently enjoin the government to uphold the rights of women human rights defenders and to stop the red-tagging and attacks against them,” she stressed.

Also, she said, the CHR urged an end to the silencing of women’s organizations and women leaders, and other acts that limit women’s political participation.