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Defend human rights! Oppose the rise of a fascist dictatorship!

Press Statement
December 10, 2017


On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Bayan calls on the Filipino people to wage all-out resistance against the escalating fascist attacks of the US-Duterte regime and its push for a fascist dictatorship. We march today for all the victims of human rights violations of the current occupant of Malacanang.

The past weeks have seen a rise in cases of human rights violations; from extrajudicial killings to displacement of entire communities, all in the name of a counter-insurgency program that seeks to show terror among the people. The attacks escalated after the Duterte regime cancelled peace talks with the NDFP and moved for the designation of the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations, in accordance with the US designation.

Duterte himself had threatened a crackdown on legal progressive organizations that he slanders as mere fronts of revolutionary groups. This is ultimately an attack on legitimate dissent, freedom of expression and the right to organize and reinforces the drive towards a dictatorship. More than 400 political prisoners remain under the Duterte regime.

Efforts to erode human rights are also highlighted wp the return of the PNP to the drug war, attacks on the institutional checks and balance in government, threats to media freedom and intimidation of critics.

The Duterte regime makes no effort to hide its disdain for human rights. Human rights are seen as stumbling blocks to whatever goals the regime has – whether it’s the suppression of illegal drugs, law and order, imposing anti-people economic policies, the rehabilitation of Marawi and even the so-called shift to federalism. The regime encourages impunity in the drug war, counter-insurgency and the so-called “war on terror”.

On this day, we reiterate that activism is not a crime. Resistance to injustice is not a crime. Fighting for the rights and welfare of the people is not a crime.

There will be accountability for the real criminals and there will be justice for the victims. We will continue to fight and thwart any attempt to return the country to a fascist dictatorship. The people will not allow it. Never again! ###


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