Farmers top victims of extra-judicial killings in RP – report
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) — Farmers account for the most number of
victims of extra-judicial killings in the country, according to human rights
group, Karapatan in its 2006 Human Rights Situationer report, released this
Karapatan reported a total of 104 farmers out of the 185 victims of
extrajudicial killing they have recorded so far from January to November.
Of the 104 slain farmers, 18 were from Southern Mindanao.
The report was released in time for the 59th anniversary of the signing of the
Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The number of victims of extrajudicial killings continues to increase, the
group claimed, with perpetrators left unpunished making it the utmost concern
in the Philippines human rights situation.
Kelly Delgado, Karapatan secretary general for Southern Mindanao, said farmers
become the direct victims of abuses because they are at the frontline of
“development” projects like mining and the government’s war against alleged
sympathizers of left rebel group New Peoples’ Army.
Next to farmers are workers of factories and other establishments with 22
victims this year. Read full story here.