IUCN NL partner joins discussion on oppression of Philippine activists
Joan Carling, indigenous leader and partner of IUCN NL, is one of the environmental activists who was recently earmarked as 'terrorist suspect' by the Philippine government, in retaliation of her tireless efforts to advocate human, indigenous and environmental rights. On June 8th, Carling visits The Hague to discuss the context of increasing oppression and human right violations against environmental activists.
In the Philippines, the intrusion of international mining companies has resulted in environmental damage and human rights violations. Activists involved in the protection of their living environment take a stand against these developments. They are increasingly being silenced and confronted with violence.
The 'terrorist list', representing a new low, was met with fierce condemnation. Despite the many statements of concern from the United Nations, EU, many countries, and INGOs (such as IUCN), the branding of environmental activists as terrorists has not yet been revoked.
The discussion on June 8th is organized by the International Institute of Social Studies, Both ENDS, IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands and Mama Cash. Carlings presentation will be followed by a talk by Jan van de Venis, Human Rights Lawyer at JustLaw. After the presentations, there will be an opportunity to share, exchange information and concerns, and discuss what we can do in the Netherlands and the EU, with drinks in the ISS bar until 6pm or later.
Friday 8 June
ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX The Hague
4 pm - 6 pm