The Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines “…have found, based on the evidence presented before us and also our own research, that 47 of the world’s largest fossil fuel and cement companies, known as the “Carbon Majors”, have played a clear role in anthropogenic climate change and could be held legally and morally liable for its impact, especially on vulnerable communities in the Philippines.”
The following are some of [NAPM’s] observations and suggestions in the present context, considering the issues raised by Indian farmers as well as the broader interests of the state.
“We condemn the use of starvation through imposed economic restrictions and the de facto martial rule under the guise of counter-insurgency that deprive them of food sovereignty to force their displacement,” said the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS).
“In both communities, the farmers and fisherfolk are being deprived of their right to produce food and sources of livelihood, and consequently throwing them to hunger, essentially violating their right to food,” noted Eddie Billiones, spokesperson of Tanggol Magsasaka.
the past year, state-sponsored human rights violations in Palawan’s rural communities spiked due to the vicious, systematic, and widespread redtagging of organized small fisherfolks and other rural peoples campaigning against development aggression. People’s organizations and their leaders are subjected to constant harassment and intimidation to curb their resistance on the premise of being linked to communist rebels – a baseless and fabricated accusation. Their members were also forced to surrender as rebel returnees.
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