Networks, Alliances and Coalitions
The section’s campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights started in 1999. To date, AIPh has contributed in mainstreaming the LGBT rights struggle in the country in partnership with different regional and national LGBT networks as well as in the lobbying on an Anti Discrimination Bill in the Senate and the House of Representative together with the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network (LAGABLAB). AIPh was one of the organizers of the International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA) Conference in Manila on November 2004.
In 2000, AIPh engaged in the Child Soldiers Campaign and became one of the convenors of the Philippine Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (PCSUCS) and the South East Asia Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (SEACSUCS). AIPh hosted the SEACSUCS Regional Coordinator in 2003.
AIPh initiated & became part of the formulation of the Philippine Decade for Human Rights Education (HRE) through the tri-partite agreement with the Department of Education Culture and Sports, now Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). Through this, an Executive Order was issued by the Philippine President integrating HRE in the curriculum of primary & secondary public schools. And in 1996-99, AIPh was one of the main trainors in the teachers’ training for HRE conducted in four regions of the country. In 1999, the 1st Youth Summit on Human Rights gave birth to the Human Rights Youth Action Network (HRYAN). To date, there had been eight annual Youth Summit on Human Rights which has gathered more than 1,000 young people from around 300 different organizations, institutions, communities around the country. Through the years, AIPh has developed around 100 training modules on ious issues on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. AIPh also conduct Training of Trainers for young people aged 14-21 years old in order to develop young human rights educators.
The late 90s also witnessed the diversification and specialization of AIPh’s membership development and management. These enabled local groups to specialize in different thematic actions and campaigns, ensuring actions on the ground. The section was able to provide resources for youth activism through the annual Youth Summit on Human Rights. Through its HRYAN, tactical alliances and coalitions with other youth groups was fostered, like the Youth Peace Watch (YPW) in 2003 and the Open Schools in Burma Project of the same year.
AIPh also successfully campaigned for Women’s Rights in the movement’s Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women launched in 2004 . Locally, a law was passed to protect Filipino women from Domestic Violence. The RA 9262 or Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 was passed through the relentless efforts of the women’s movement in the Philippines. Later on, AIPh joined in the deliberations on its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) asking the Supreme Court of the Philippines, then headed by Retired Justice Hilario Davide, to take the recommendations for improvement of the IRR submitted by the Women Working Together to Stop Violence Against Women (WWTSVAW). WWTSVAW is a coalition of women’s organizations which was created by AIPh with 11 NGO’s and PO’s as members.
The Death Penalty (DP) Law in the Philippines or RA 7650 was successfully repealed in 2005 after a decade of lobbying. AIPh, being a member of both the steering committee of the only two anti-DP coalitions in the Philippines, the Coaltion Against Death Penalty (CADP) and Mamayan Tutol sa Bitay – Movement for restorative Justice (MTB-MRJ), has contributed in the campaign through introducing a human rights lens in the advocacy framework of both coalitionsas well as providing an international level of campaigning. In 2007, through the lobbying efforts of countless organizations, individuals and states all over the world, the UN approved a moratorium on executions. The Philiippine government signed and co-authored the said resolution.
Together with 17 organizations from different sectors, AIPh facilitated the creation of the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC) in 2002 that has since grown into more than 30 organizations. Some notable works of the coalition include its active participation in the lobbying for the passage of an anti-torture law; the continuous campaign against disappearances and extra-judicial executions; numerous highly publicized media actions, human rights education and public awareness activities against torture; the consolidation of government agencies in support of the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and a great number of anti-torture resolutions by local government units around the country.
AI Philippines, together with the members of the Philippine Action Network Against Small Arms (PhilANSA), have contributed greatly to the global campaign for arms control and to the succeeding success when the UN voted in favor of developing an International Arms Trade Treaty. It has delivered more than 12,000 photos to million faces petition for an Arms Trade Treaty, participated actively in two UN meeting of states on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, conducted two successful regional workshops on arms control issues, consolidated Asian Parliamentarians supporting the ATT, conducted a nation-wide People’s consultation on the ATT that was subsequently utilized by the Department of Foreign Affairs in its report to the UN, held successful media and public awareness events.
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