With Carlos H. Conde (Human Rights Watch, Asia Division)
Since taking office on 30 June 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a “war on drugs” resulting in the deaths of over 12,000 suspected drug dealers and users. The government has attributed nearly half the killings to the Philippine National Police, and the remainder to “unidentified gunmen.” Among those killed are children, often caught in the cross-fire or, in several instances, specifically targeted by the killers. Cases investigated by the media and human rights groups invariably found unlawful executions by police or agents of the police acting as “death squads.” Duterte himself has been outspoken in support of the anti-drug campaign and has sought to silence its critics. No meaningful investigation into the killings has been undertaken.
But the drug war is only the tip of the iceberg in the spectre of impunity and human rights violations in the Philippines, including the extrajudicial killings of activists, environmentalists and journalists.
Carlos H. Conde will talk about these issues and the work that Human Rights Watch does in the Philippines.
Carlos H. Conde is the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Asia division. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he worked as a journalist for 20 years, mainly as the freelance correspondent in Manila for The New York Times. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor for various publications in the Philippines, writing about politics, human rights, the communist and Islamic insurgencies, terrorism and labor migration, among other subjects. Conde has served as secretary-general of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines and has been a fellow at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. He was also a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center of the University of Hawai’i.
This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research and the The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. Mr Conde’s visit is made possible thanks to Human Rights Watch.
The Philippine Arts and Social Sciences in the Ontario Curriculum (PASSOC) project is a collaboration between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and York University. The project has created curriculum content that reflects the cultural identity of the large and growing population of Filipino students in the school system in the Greater Toronto Area. The content of the curriculum affirms Filipino experiences and identities and supports the larger equity goal of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.
The curriculum materials developed by the project provide classroom-ready material relating to the Philippines and Filipino communities in Canada for Grade 6 Social Studies, Grade 6-8 Dance, and Grade 8 Geography. This launch event will feature presentations and demonstrations by the researchers and teachers who wrote the PASSOC curriculum materials.
The PASSOC project is supported by: Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund, York University Canada 150 Fund, Social Sciences and Humanities Resesarch Council of Canada, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, and Canada 150 | Unity in Diversity:Fusion of Communities in Canada.