Change.Org: Unterschreibe die Petition der International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Dear  GFF friends and comrades,

Warmest greetings of solidarity from Kapatiran (Filipino German Friendship Association) and from our partner, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)!

This is to follow-up our appeal to you and your networks to write the Philippine Supreme Court for the release of political prisoners.  In its last en banc session, the Supreme Court decided to give the government through the Office of the Solicitor General until April 24 to submit its comment on the petition of detainees for their release from prison.

ASK MORE FRIENDS TO SIGN ON to the ICHRP petition at change.org.  Here’s the link: http://chng.it/D6LyRb2HFY

Hier ein Protestbrief an Duterte als PDF zur Freilassung der politischen Gefangenen

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Thank you Letter from Pido and Medy for 3 Balikbayan Boxes


Dear Udo,

Today the three Balikbayan Boxes you sent have arrived.  Many many thanks.

The boxes and contents arrived in very good condition.   Inside many clothes –which you have carefully sorted in bags with labels — jackets and blouses, trousers, skirts, towels,  kitchen linen and many others.  There were also stuffed toys, ladies hand-bags and many other very useful items.  

We plan to  bring some of the towels to our PP friends.  We will visit Bicutan on Sunday (5 August).  We will also give many of the pants/trousers to our friends in the urban poor communities.

Again many thanks Udo for your continued support and deep friendship.

your Pido and Medy

Bilder von Cordillera Besuch von Dieter

Hello friends,
after a very successful May Day, we are faced with challenges to consolidate our mobilization in different organizations. We knew very well that you also had a great  May 1st . In the Phils the school year will start in just a few weeks and rainy days already began.
We are grateful that your organizing in the GFF as support to the Phil struggle is getting stronger and more members are getting interested and educated about the current situation of the world.
Hope Dieter had talked already about his vist in the Cordillera. He was able to attend at least 3 celebrations in 3 different places, he also delivered messages in behalf of the GFF and the Monday demo in stuttgart, he visited the EPZ workers, had talks with the James Balao family, visited the kmu and cpa office. He also prepared a presentation about germany and about the works of gff that was presented in 3 communities. I hope his short stay in the cordillera had increased his awareness about the Cordillera and of course strengthened solidarity partnership with GFF.
He has brought with him books, cds of struggles, flashlites, umbrellas, blankets and an external hard drive.
Here are some needs you may include in the boxes:
office supplies- white board markers, pentel pen, ballpens, USB
School supplies – crayons, notebooks, pencils, kiddie bags,
Umbrellas/ rain gears
Microphones – for outdoor rallies or indoor activities
sandals (for men – size 42-44) ( for a comrade who never wear close shoes, always sandals)
I would like to share some pics taken during dieters visit in the cordillera. a picture also of our feeding of children in the urban poor communities near the export processing zone, they also will receive the children’s clothes from the balikbayan boxes.
For the workers,

End Impunity, Render Justice to Victims of Human Rights Violations and Address the Roots of Social Unrest

Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III

(End Impunity, Render Justice to Victims of Human Rights Violations

and Address the Roots of Social Unrest)


President Benigno Aquino III

Malacanang Palace, Manila



Dear Mr. President:


We, undersigned migrants and advocates for migrants rights, express our deep concern over the continuing human rights violations in the Philippines despite the change in government.  People hoped that after the brutal regime of Arroyo there would be some change as you have promised to tread the “righteous path.”

Your government is now going into its one and a half years in office but not a single perpetrator of human rights violations during the time of Arroyo has been punished.  In fact, in your first year in office, the human rights organization KARAPATAN has recorded the following statistics in its April-June 2011 report: 48 extrajudicial killings, 5 enforced disappearances, 29 cases of torture, 151 illegal arrests and 3,010 victims of forcible evacuation  from rural villages.  Only recently, an Italian priest, Fr. Pops Tenorio, was killed for supporting the struggle of indigenous people in Mindanao against mining operations that were destroying their ancestral lands.

These human rights violations are the direct result of your counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan that replaced Arroyo’s infamous Oplan Bantay Laya.

As in the time of Arroyo, the victims are the same: peasant leaders, trade union officers and organizers, student acitivists, women militants, environmental acivists, human rights workers and church people who oppose government policies that favor foreign corporations and local vested interests at the expense of the people.

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30 Nov to 1 Dec, 2011


The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) led by its Europe Section successfully led and concluded its counter-GFMD events in Geneva, Switzerland last November 30 to December 1, 2011.

The IMA counter-GFMD events in Geneva further exposed the anti-migrant and pro-imperialist/pro-big business schemes of the GFMD as it holds its 5th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IMA counter-GFMD events once again earned the support not only of the entire IMA network but also of new grassroots-based migrant and refugee organizations and networks, and grassroots-based NGOs. particularly from Latin America, Africa and Europe.

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Aquino govt caught flat-footed by ‘Sendong’ (Washi typhoon) – KMU

The Sendong tragedy, above all,  shows how massive deaths and destruction of properties are effects of imperialists’ plunder of the country’s resources through large-scale mining, quarrying, logging, and land conversion. The previous governments, all puppets of US imperialism, should also be held accountable for the loss of lives because they facilitated the entry and operation of giant foreign companies in Mindanao and the Visayas that have resulted in such destruction over the years.

Aquino govt caught flat-footed by ‘Sendong’ (Washi typhoon) – KMU

We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died due to typhoon “Sendong.” We share their grief and pain over the loss of their loved ones and the destruction of the little property that they have. We share their desire to rebuild and recover.
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