Philippines: Tribal activist shot dead by government militia
Chris Batan, a 26 year-old human rights worker and tribal activist, was shot dead on 23 February 1993 in Betwagan, Sadanga, Mountain Province. Witnesses have identified his killers as members of the government-backed militia CAFGU, used in counter-insurgency operations. Chris Batan worked with Task Force Detainees of the Philippines; he was killed while on his way to investigate human rights violations committed under the Marcos regime. He was a member of the Igorot tribe of the Cordillera Mountains and was an activist in the Cordillera People's Alliance. Background information on the human rights situation of tribal communities in the Philippines as well as on violations committed in the context of counter-insurgency and the perpetrators of such violations is included.