Philippines

Date: February 11, 2010

No Win

Date: February 11, 2010

With a single call on "Metrocom" from Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines to the Manila branch of the national police, an embarrassing newspaper can be shackled. Marcos has played cat and mouse with the once "freest press in Asia" for the past 10 years - recently closing the opposition newspaper, We Forum. But even Marcos' control of the Philippines media is small compared to the transnational corporate (TNC) and U.S. domination over the country's communication/information estate.

In 1967 Marcos' media frontman, Roberto Benedicto, bought the Philippine's single TV station - KBS.

Date: February 11, 2010

The reach into the aesthetic worlds of other cultures spans centuries. Today, a variety of motives incite Western interests in Third World arts and crafts. Multinational corporations, tourists, individual entrepreneurs, private and museum collectors are all appropriators of fine "high" art or its imitations as well as handicrafts, both the rare and the mass-produced. Ethnic arts and crafts have found a permanent home in many developed nations, influencing Western tastes and production.

In 1980 developed countries supplied 37% of the $2.6 billion world demand for handmade products.

Date: February 11, 2010

On October 12-15, 1982, the Anthropology Resource Center, Cultural Survival, The Indian Law Resource Center, and Multinational Monitor sponsored an international conference in Washington, D.C., on "Native Resource Control and the Multinational Corporate Challenge: Aboriginal Rights in International Perspective."

The conference's objectives were:

1) to bring together native leaders and non-native legal and social experts to discuss the social, cultural, environmental, and health effects of industrial projects on native peoples and their resources;

2) to increase aware

Date: February 11, 2010

During the last decade, the adoption of adequate - in some cases, quite minimal - pollution control laws and occupational health standards in the US has spurred the wholesale exodus of many hazardous industries abroad. Productions processes that are illegal in the US are not wanted here, but the products are.

Date: November 16, 2009

The recent visit of Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Leila de Lima in Didipio last 05 November is commendable and shows seriousness and sincerity on the part of the commission to undertake a top level investigation with regards to complaints of human rights violations committed by OceanaGold Philippines Inc (OceanaGold) against the indigenous peoples’ residents of Barangay Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.

Her own initial impression on the visit was that she verified that the complaints filed in her office were indeed true as she was also able to meet the complainants and affect

Date: November 16, 2009

The chair of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights has spoken out against the OceanGold mine construction that is threatening Indigenous residents of Didipio—the focus of a Cultural Survival Global Response campaign. “It’s time to put an end to this,” said Leila M. De Lima. The ongoing conflict escalated into violence when more than 100 Philippine National Police officers used teargas and truncheons to break up a human barricade on October 1, 2009.

The violence ended when the police contingent was forced to pull out in response to a temporary restraining order.

Date: October 27, 2009

For nearly two decades, the Indigenous community of Didipio in the Philippines has been fighting to stop a gold and copper mine that threatens their environment, farmlands, and families. The mining company and government have responded with violence and intimidation and ignored the people’s rights. But now there is real chance to stop this mine once and for all.

Date: October 15, 2009

KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya (NV)– Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group and a people’s movement composed of more than eighty (80) organizations from mining-affected communities and civil society organizations nationwide, condemns the ill

Date: October 14, 2009

The bad new is that the repressive tactics of Philippine National Police are increasingly violent against the Indigenous people of Didipio who are trying to prevent further demolitions of their homes by the mining company, OceanaGold Phi

Date: September 28, 2009

Nueva Vizcaya --  An alarming situation continues in the upland village of Didipio, in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, where Ifugao indigenous peoples live.  Homes of Ifugaos known for their anti-mining sentiments were searched without wa

Date: September 25, 2009

Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President 
Republic of the Philippines 
Malacanang Palace 
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel 
Manila 1005 PHILIPPINES 
Fax: +63 2 736 1010 
E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph 
 
Atty. Eugenio A. Insigne, Chairman  
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) 
2nd Floor N. dela Merced Building, 
Cor. West and Quezon Avenues, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila, PHILIPPINES 

Date: September 22, 2009

Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines say:

“Help us Protect our Lands, Homes, and Rivers 

Date: September 16, 2009

 Map by Julien Katchinoff Map by Julien KatchinoffAmong remote Indigenous communities in the modern world, Didipio is a success story, both for what the people have made of their land and community and for their courageous struggle to ens

Date: September 16, 2009

There is still a chance to stop the Didipio mine before operations begin and the worst environmental effects are felt. Before mine waste can flood their valley, the Didipio Earth Savers Association wants to generate a flood of international letters to convince the government to recognize their rights and stop the mine.

Date: September 16, 2009

“We must be the ones who decide what happens here in Didipio. If we don’t want to be mined, then others must respect this decision.” – Caesar Marino, Didipio elder

Date: September 15, 2009

In August, during the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (CERD) 75th Session, Colombia, Peru, and the Philippines were among the states that were reviewed for their adherence to and implementation of the UN Conven

Date: March 29, 2006

On March 15, the United Nations General Assembly voted 170–4 to create a new Human Rights Council, effectively dissolving the oft-criticized Commission on Human Rights. Candidates for the Council will need to be elected by an absolute majority of 96 votes in order to secure a position, and once elected members can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Date: June 15, 2004

Until the 1970s, all Agta boys knew how to shoot small bows and arrows by the time they were four, and by age 10 they often came home with small birds they had shot in the nearby forest.