Sydney’s Filipino community to join solidarity vs #EJK

All peace-loving Australians are invited to join the Vigil at the Philippine Consulate, 27-33 Wentworth Ave, Sydney, NSW on Thursday 24 August, 6:00-7:00 pm.

The Vigil participants call for Stop Extrajudicial Killings, Justice for Kian and his family, and Suspension of Australian military aid to the Philippines.

Filipino human rights activist group, Migrante Australia NSW, issued on August 23 statements demanding “to stop extrajudicial killings” and “to suspend the Australian military aid” in the Philippines.

“The vigil in Sydney is a prelude to the worldwide protest to be staged tomorrow Friday,” said Migrante’s spokesperson Jane Corpuz-Brock.

Justice for All poster
Justice for All poster

The statements were released jointly with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.

Full text of the statement:

Migrante Australia and Filipino-Australian solidarity groups demand

Justice for Kian!

Stop Extrajudicial Killings!
Suspend the Australian military aid to the Philippines

A growing number of Filipinos now realised the brutality of the Philippine military in the way it handles its war on illegal drugs. Many Filipinos now feel the country’s police and government push them to the wall. There is a deepening sense of fear that they could be killed anytime without anyone to assist them and fight for their right to safety.

The most recent victim on the Philippine government’s war on illegal drugs is Kian Delos Santos, a 17-year old son of an overseas Filipino worker. Kian is one of the thousands of alleged drug addicts, drug pushers, drug mule and others, who were killed in an execution style. The murder of Kian is one of the 7,000 extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the US-Duterte regime.

The Duterte administration has launched the full-scale use of State violence to resolve a problem that involves more than a quick fix “Kill, Kill, Kill” solution. Pools of blood of innocents like Delos Santos and that of the poor not accorded with their rights to due process have been spilled, yet there is no end in sight for the actual resolution of the problems spawned by the illegal drug trade.

What has spiraled instead is the sheer brazenness of State forces to commit murder in broad daylight, backed up by the President’s promise that he will protect them from prosecution and punishment. What has flourished instead is the climate of impunity in the Philippines.

Delos Santos and the thousands of poor people killed in this psychopathic drug war are victims of State terror and of the government’s incapacity to address the longstanding problems of poverty. They are not victims of some rogue cops. They are victims of a State-sponsored campaign against the poor.

The killings should stop. All those who committed, ordered, endorsed and are complicit in the said human rights violations, including Pres. Duterte himself, should be made accountable. It is through upholding the rights of the people especially social and economic rights that the root causes of poverty and social problems can be thoroughly addressed.

We call on Filipinos and other migrants, and all Australians to urge President Duterte to:

– Stop Extrajudicial Killings

– Stop militarisation, Lift Martial Law in Mindanao

– Accord justice to Kian and his family

We invite all peace-loving Australians to join the Vigil at the Philippine Consulate,
27-33 Wentworth Ave, Sydney, NSW on Thursday 24 August at 6:00-7:00 pm. The Vigil participants call for Stop Extrajudicial Killings, Justice for Kian and his family, and Suspension of Australian military aid to the Philippines.

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