In Defense of the Lumad Schools

Co-Authored with Vanessa Vergara ‘[Students of Lumad schools] are taught to be intelligent, independent, peace-loving, and productive members of society’ The following piece is Part 1 of a two-part series. You may read Part 2 here. On May 26, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Human Rights conducted an inquiry into the February 15 raid and mass …

Gross Violations of IP and Children Rights

“These incidents deserve attention from the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples.” The baseless arrest in Cebu last week of the Salugpongan teachers and elders and the forced abduction of the Lumad children are gross violations of their human rights under international and Philippine law. In particular, the Duterte government violated their right to …