Filipino environmental and climate defenders face the prospect of authoritarianism with the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 recently signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. This supposedly national security law in the Philippines undermines constitutionally protected rights to political expression and could be used to silence dissenting voices.
Defending people & our planet is not terrorism! Stand with Filipino environmental defenders #JUNKTERRORLAWNOW!
— 350 East Asia (@350EastAsia) July 14, 2020
Under the Duterte regime, activists have faced various dangers in protecting communities and ecosystems against environmentally destructive projects.
The global environmental and climate justice movement stands together with Filipino environmental activists in rejecting this draconian law. Climate activists Greta Thunberg, Lia Alonzo, Naomi Klein, and Nnimmo Bassey have expressed their support to the petition.
Climate activists Greta Thunberg, Lia Alonzo, Naomi Klein, and Nnimmo Bassey have already signed the petition to junk the terror law! Defend the defenders. Join them and sign the petition at https://t.co/9pfTjBLAjv now! pic.twitter.com/s6i12l4u0y
— Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (@YACAPhilippines) July 14, 2020
Global Witness published a report last year naming the Philippines as “the world’s deadliest country for environmental and human rights defenders.”
As we face the multiple impacts of COVID-19 and the climate breakdown, it is more important than ever that we break the silence that allows the powerful few to trample over human rights and our planet.
The passage of the Anti-Terrorism Law will worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines with over-broad definitions of what constitutes a terrorist, criminalization of free speech, warrantless arrests, and illegal detentions.
Environmental advocates, activists, community organizers, and development workers should be able to do their work without fear of harm or persecution. Defending people and our planet is not a crime.
Add your voice to the growing international chorus of people and organizations demanding the Duterte administration through the Philippine Congress to repeal the Anti-Terrorism Law.