Severe violations on peoples’ political and civil rights are continuing and even worsening. These violations have been spawned and heightened by imperialist aggression, militarism and civil wars.
Despite the deep crisis plaguing the global economy, the US, its allies and neo-colonies increased their military spending to continue wars of aggression, state terrorism and suppression of people’s rights and resistance.
Counter-insurgency and anti-terror operational plans target members and supporters of democratic movements and national liberation movements, as well as civilians and whole communities.
From Operation Protective Edge in Palestine, to the Merida Initiative Aid to Mexican security forces, to the Philippines’ Oplan Bayanihan and India’s Operation Green Hunt, these US-backed and -funded schemes and other previous Oplans have resulted in gross human rights violations and violations of International Humanitarian Law.
Political killings and disappearances aimed at silencing the increasing clamor for revolutionary change or progressive reforms continue without letup. Workers, peasants, and indigenous peoples engaged in democratic struggles for the right to self -determination, the right to land and for genuine agrarian reform, the right to living wages and the struggle for national industrialization beneficial to the poor majority of peoples are targeted by State security forces, including their paramilitaries and other mercenaries.
States file trumped up charges against movement leaders and leaders of national liberation movements and criminalize their political work resulting in numerous cases of illegal arrests, torture and long incarceration. Correspondingly, the situation of political prisoners has worsened, with the increasingly repressive policies in jail, the inhumane conditions that impact on their health, and the sheer lack of recognition for their right to due process and remedies.
Persons, groups, communities and movements critical of the neoliberal agenda and imperialist wars are subjected to harassment and intimidation, forcible evacuation and other violations. Atrocious human rights violations and violations of International Humanitarian Law that protects civilians, including children, women and the elderly, as well as places for worship, hospitals and schools continue to be committed by state security forces.
Thus, when the US and its allies invoke the “rule of law,” they actually mean the use of laws, judicial proceedings, and other legal instruments to attack the democratic rights of peoples. These “judicial and/or security sector reforms” are meant to hide the fascist character of imperialist States and their puppet governments. The use of humanitarian rhetoric also masks the agenda behind billions of dollars spent by the US, its allies and neo-colonies to set the stage for more aggressive use of force and intervention and justify the gross violations of people’s rights.
Repressive laws, cyber warfare and surveillance, torture and police brutality have also been used especially against colored people and migrants. Regimes supported and propped up by the US are emulating their master. Fascist governments, along with the increasing number of ultra-rightists, neo-Nazis and aspiring dictators, are once again on the rise.
Given this dire situation, the assertion of the right to resist and the right to self-determination of peoples embattled by imperialism and imperialist-aggravated state terrorism become the most imperative obligation of all freedom-loving peoples.
Resistance is the defense of our lives, liberties and land. Each nation has the right to determine for itself its democratic structures, its right to resolve among themselves their political conflicts. Each nation has the right to benefit from its own resources and other forces of production; each person has the right to be free from oppression and exploitation. Resistance is destroying the old and building the new revolutionary, anti-imperialist and national liberation movements, against fascist and racist forces, carrying out attacks against the impoverished masses.
Encouraged by the burgeoning resistance through the peoples’ democratic struggles and national liberation movements throughout the world, we – the ILPS Commission on the Defense of Human Rights at the Collective and Individual Levels in the Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Fields – resolve to continue the struggle to defend, protect and promote the rights of the toiling masses and the oppressed.
Recognizing the urgent need to consolidate and ensure that this Commission is active and contributes to the ILPS mission to challenge imperialism and all reaction in an international scale, we resolve to:
- Launch internationally coordinated protest actions to denounce and demand an end to fascist rule, imperialist wars and plunder;
- Support national, regional and global struggles against fascism and militarization by projecting ILPS action alerts on outstanding cases of human rights violations;
- Oppose counter-insurgency and counter-revolutionary plans used by imperialists, their allies and neocolonial states in suppressing people’s rights;
- Expose and oppose military aid from imperialist countries and their allies (e.g. USA, Australia, European Union, Canada, Israel) to puppet governments in countries where the people are resisting US imperialism and its puppet reactionary governments (e.g. Philippines, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Malaysia);
- Campaign for the junking or repeal of security/”anti-terror” laws proposed or imposed by the US and its puppet states in the name of ‘war on terror’ and all laws that grossly trample on fundamental rights and liberties;
- Campaign for the release of all political prisoners, and mobilize every December 3 for the ILPS-declared International Day in Solidarity with Political Prisoners;
- Fight to stop enforced disappearances, and mobilize every August 30 for the International Day against Enforced Disappearances;
- Oppose the military’s occupation and attacks on schools, hospitals, places of worship and other public places;
- Oppose the use of military and civilian technology, such as drones and other surveillance equipment to violate and impinge on the individual and collective rights of the people;
- Campaign against the criminalization of activists and political dissenters, and oppose their arrest, torture and harassment;
- Oppose the banning and vilification of political and other democratic organizations and put a stop to their inclusion in terrorist lists;
- Expose, withdraw public funds used on paramilitaries, oppose and call to disband and disarm paramilitaries, private security and other mercenary appendages of State security forces in violating people’s rights;
- Demand recognition, justice and indemnification for all victims of human rights violations, including the filing of class suits against regimes/ government with record of human rights violations; and honoring and memorializing the victims as martyrs or heroes
- Monitor, document and expose to the international community the gross violations of human rights resulting from the US-led ‘war on terror’ and its localized versions in the various countries.
- Actively propagate the ILPS general declaration and specific calls/ actions on the human rights agenda in all relevant international, global, regional, sub-regional, national and local campaign networks.
- Hold conferences, symposia and mass protests through ILPS chapters and member organizations;
- Encourage and support initiatives of lawyers to participate in resistance movements and help strengthen the resistance to imperialists’ use of law against the people;
- The commission calls on the ILPS to initiate development of programs for the protection of human rights activists, including lawyers and law workers;
- Support the campaigns on the rights of indigenous peoples to ancestral domains
- Strengthen solidarity and networking among organizations; conduct coordinated efforts and struggles; and defend the right to international solidarity;
- Use the UN mechanisms and intergovernmental bodies as tools to expose fascist designs of imperialist governments and puppet regimes and conduct alternative people’s international tribunals;
- Expose and oppose sexualized attacks and gender-based violence against women activists, especially as a means to further imperialist and fascist aggression.
The following are the specific resolutions proposed by the ILPS Commission 3:
- From Peru: To support the Day of Tribute to Martyrs of Peru on June 19, 2016; To support the campaign for the release of Peruvian Political Prisoners;
- From Mexico: To support the Mexican people’s demand and campaign for justice for those executed; for the Ayotzinapa 43 to be surfaced; and to release all political prisoners, especially the union organizers and members of FPR;
- From Guatemala: To issue statements and support the demand for prosecution of State security forces who kidnapped the desaparecidos;
- From the US: To support the Black Lives Matter movement’s fight against Anti-Black State violence;
- From the Philippines: To support the Lumad and Filipino people’s struggle against attacks on schools and communities.
The action plans of the Commission include:
1. Undertaking of campaigns
- mobilize for internationally coordinated protest actions
- release ILPS Commission 3 statements
- member organizations are encouraged to send their own solidarity messages, statements and urgent appeals on pertinent issues
- encourage correspondences between political prisoners and relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings, desaparecidos and other victims of human rights violations
2. Share analysis or position papers, research materials and data on global and/or national counterinsurgency counter revolutionary imperialist designs and impact on civil and political rights of peoples and other related issues. Webinars are also encouraged.
3. Actively invite members to the commission.
4. Create a list-serve for information- and knowledge-sharing, and coordination.
5. Endeavor to initiate conferences per global region/continent.
6. Create a working committee for the commission composed of 1 representative per global region/continent; hold Skype meetings every 3 months.
- Arab region – Mohammed Khatib
- Latin America – Samuel Villatoro
- North America – To follow
- Canada – To follow
- Asia – Cristina Palabay, Nardy Sabino
- Australia – To follow
7. Assign a secretariat for the commission. – Philippines.