Philippines: Human rights violations and the labour movement

This document describes a continuing pattern of human rights violations against people involved in the labour movement in the Philippines. Victims have usually been those accused by the authorities of sympathy with the armed insurgents or of being fronts for the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPM) or their armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). The primary victims of abuses have been members of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU, May First Movement) and the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), affiliated to the KMU. Cases of prominent trade unionists who have been sentenced in trials, the fairness of which is in doubt, are included. They are: Medardo Roda, Elizalde Malaloan and Marlon Luarez; Crispin Beltran, KMU chairman, has been repeatedly arrested.

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