Philippines: Sherwin De Vera threatened
August 25, 2017, 4:15 am
Sherwin De Vera is a the coordinator of Defend Ilocos, a regional environmental network in north western Philippines affiliated with Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment. The organisation is currently leading a campaign against large-scale mining projects in the region that would be detrimental to local communities’ right to a safe and healthy environment. The human rights defender is also a former human rights worker of Karapatan.
On 18 July 2017, Sherwin De Vera was tailed by men in military uniforms when he visited Vigan City. On 19 July, the defender was informed by friends from the University of Northern Philippines that suspected military intelligence personnel had visited the university the previous day to ask the campus security department about Sherwin De Vera’s recent visit to the university.