Philippines: Lumad leader shot in Agusan del Sur
November 30, 2018
On 23 November 2018,Datu Walter España, 34, a Lumad-Manobo and barangay chairperson of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Sur (Namasur)-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Caraga, was shot several times by eight armed men. His companion, identified as Rommel Romon, 22, died in the attack.
On 25 October 2018, 6 Karen rights defenders and their family members, were mentioned in a complaint filed by Mr. Attapong Pao-on, an officer of the ‘Praya Sue’ task force led by Mr. Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn – the former Chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park.
On 16 August 2018, Cui Haoxin, a member of the Hui Muslim ethnic group known by his pen-name An Ran, and a well known minority rights defender, was visited and threatened by police after tweeting about the mass incarceration of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s political “re-education camps.”
On 8 August 2018, Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik, LGBT activists, had photos of them posing with the Malaysian taken down from a photography exhibition at the George Town Festival (GTF) 2018 on “instruction”. They have also recieved threats online for their photos.
On July 4 2018, 13 activists were arrested while attending a seminar on farmers and Lumad issues at the Mother Francisca and Spirituality Center, Radasa St., Ladao, General Santos City.
On 10 July 2018, 16 ethnic Karenni youth activists were sued for organizing a protest against plans to erect a statue of late independence hero General Aung San in the Karenni State capital, Loikaw.
On 6 June 2018, Professor Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dawade, and Mahesh Raut, human rights defenders were arbitrarily arrested and detained.
On 29 May 2018, Charanjit Singh, known for his exceptional work in minority rights in Pakistan, was gunned down.
On 17 May 2018, Ariel Maquiran, an active member of the Bayan Muna (People First) partylist in the region, was shot and killed.
On 12 April 2018, Jose Benemerito Jr, secretary general of the Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Bukidnon (KASAMA Bukidnon)-Kliusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas was held by three military men at the Musuan bridge in Maramag, Bukidnon.