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Das International Peace Observers Network ist eine junge Menschenrechtsorganisation, die seit 2006 Menschenrechtsbeobachtung in Konfliktgebieten durchführt. Aktuelle Einsatzgebiete sind die Inseln Mindanao und Negros in den Philippinen. Das Ziel unserer Arbeit ist die Verhinderung von Menschenrechtsverletzungen und der Schutz von MenschenrechtsverteidigerInnen.

Press Release

Stop the Systematic Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines!



10th December 2015, Berlin, Germany. Together with international organizations and German members of parliament, the International Peace Observers Network (IPON) expresses its concern about the soaring criminalization of human rights defenders (HRD) in the Philippines. Weiterlesen

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Team Negros meets HASAFAWA

PM`s Community Organizer Dino, the HASAFAWA President and IPON-Observer Hanno Mertin

PM`s Community Organizer, the HASAFAWA President and Members, IPON-Observer Hanno Mertin

Due to the request of the labor group PM (Partido Manggagawa), Team Negros met Human Rights Defenders of the farmer organization HASAFAWA (Hacienda Salud Farm Workers Association).The 136 hectare sized Hacienda, near the city of Isabela is planted with sugarcane.

The current landowner, who just inherited it from her late father, is assumed to live somewhere in Costa Rica. The Farmers never met her. It is unknown, if she even knows about her property in the Philippines.Anyhow, the farmers don’t have a problem with her but with the leaseholder, who holds the lease since 1994.

The farmers informed us about Human Rights Violations happening at the farm- it wasn’t the first time, we heard about HRV on the farm. Sadly, nearly one year ago, there had been a murder case most likely related to the actual cases(read more here:

Partido Manggagawa, a labor group founded in 1999, mainly works as a support for farmers in their struggle to obtain their rights in agrarian or labor disputes. Their „dream is a world that gives due importance to the role of the working class and respects the dignity of labor. A social order where the working men and women of the world live together in peace, harmony and progress.“[1]The dispute with the current leaseholder started in September 2013 when the HASAFAWA members requested CARP coverage. One day, armed bodyguards, presumably associated with the leaseholder, told HASAFAWA members to stop making inquiries about the land title. Still the farmers kept up working for their goal.

This demand of the armed bodyguards was the beginning of a series of Human Rights Abuses. The farmers were directly forced by the leaseholder to sign blank papers, which would be filled out later to fit the interests of the leaseholder. Later on, the leaseholder, who was at the same time the employer of the farmers, send them, most likely illegally, a notice of cancellation. The dismissal has been denounced by the farmers and the case is currently in progress.

This wasn’t the end of the harassment against the farmers. Short after the dismissal, the armed security guards of the leaseholder were firing multiple gunshots in the air right next to the farmers houses while the leaseholder himself demanded from the farmers to give up their request for land. As the members of HASAFAWA still refused to cancel their request for a CARP-Title, the management of the farm offered them 500,000 PHP in total for all farmers as a settlement, which is clearly bribery. After they refused the money, the murder happened which is associated with men of the leaseholder. Then the incidents that brought PM to ask IPON to meet with the farmers of HASAFAWA occurred.

On several dates in May and September 2015 the houses of the Human Rights Defenders were demolished by personnel of the leaseholder of the farm. During these enforced destructions, the Human Rights Defenders of HASAFAWA demanded to see the official authorization documents, but got none by the personnel of the leaseholder. Without any legal authorization, the worker could show the owners, they destroyed in total 32 houses on the Hacienda, 30 of the Human Rights Defenders and 2 administrative buildings.

IPON is currently monitoring and observing the case. We already met with serveral puplic authorities to promote the case and to assure the proper handling of the case. We hope our work will lead to justice for the victims of the Human Rights Violations.


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TFM leader Alberto Joy Jaime dead

Today we commemorate Alberto Joy Jaime, president of TFM Negros, who recently died of cardiac arrest. Joy was a most dedicated member of TFM, a long-term and valuable mandate partner of IPON in Negros. In his 10 years as president of TFM North, Joy has been a vital member and driving force of the fight for human rights in Negros and for IPON a particularly generous contact partner. He will be missed greatly.11938186_10207542788273280_946060089_n

Joy was buried in a touching mass attended by hundreds of his supporters and friends on August 31. We are passing our condolences to his family and friends.

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Commemorating Rolando Panggo – Assassinated Human Rights Defender

Today we remember the birthday of Rolando Panggo, a human rights defender, who was allegedly murdered on November 29th, 2014.

Mr. Panggo worked as a community organizer for PM (Partido Manggagawa), a labor party dedicated to support farmers in their struggle to obtain their rights regarding agrarian and labor disputes.

Rolando `Lando` Panggo was assigned to support the Hacienda Salud Farm Workers Association (HASAFAWA) in 2013. During his work there, he was harassed, threatened and several suspects   attempted to bribe him and his family. Despite these obstacles he continued his work and struggle.

At around 6:30pm on November 29, Mr. Panggo was killed by gunshot when returning from a meeting in Isabela, Negros Occidental. His cousin witnessed the assassination, but could not identify the three perpetrators as his head was pressed to the ground during the killing. However, he heard the perpetrators say „you’re a nuisance, you’re interfering even with the landholdings“. Mr. Panggo’s death leaves behind his wife and seven children.

Mr. Panggo´s assassination was motivated to stop his human rights activism and his involvement with the HASAFAWA farmers and their struggle. His case is still being processed and we hope that justice will be served and those responsible will be held accountable for their crimes.


Our condolences go out to the family and friends and we hope to see the work he started to be continued in the future.

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Citra Mina

Human Rights Observation in Mindanao, Philippines

Am 25. Februar konnten die 43 philippinischen Fischer, die in Indonesien wegen illegalem Fischfang für sechs Monate inhaftiert waren, endlich wieder in ihre Heimatstadt General Santos auf Mindanao zurückkehren.

Ihr Fischerboot,  die Love Merben II, war ohne Fischfangerlaubnis und die Fischer ohne Ausweispapiere über die indonesische Seegrenze gefahren und wurde von der indonesischen Küstenwache gefasst. Die 43 Fischer wurden auf Ternate Island inhaftiert. Ihre Freilassung wurde durch die Bemühungen von SENTRO, der globalen Gewerkschaft IUF und dem Department for Foreign Affairs (DFA) erwirkt.

Herbert Demos, SENTRO Mitarbeiter und Mitglied des Rescue Teams berichtet über die Verhältnisse unter denen die philippinischen Fischer in Indonesien festgehalten wurden: “I am poor, and was raised in poverty, but I cannot eat what our compatriots were eating in Ternate. The rice they ate had more rice weevils (lice) than rice grains, but they had no choice. I learned that sometimes they quarreled over food…

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