FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2015
Reference: Nikki De Leon
Chairperson, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP), portlandchrp@gmail.com, 503-915-7689

Portland Filipinos and Community Human Rights Advocates Rise Together to Commemorate International Human Rights Day

Portland, OR -- Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) will hold the 2nd Annual International Human Rights Day Solidarity Night: Rising Up for Self-Determination and Liberation on December 10, 2015 at 7:00pm. The cultural event, which will be held in the Filipino-American Center, aims to reach a broad audience in Portland to build bridges and solidarity among progressive, pro-people individuals and organizations in an effort to raise awareness about human rights violations locally, nationally, and globally. It also features solidarity messages and cultural presentations from Portland community members and a designated sacred space where attendees could honor and celebrate the lives of people lost through human rights violations. Additionally, this event features progressive community organizational tables, silent auction, and selected no-host dinner and drinks from the in-house Kuya’s Filipino Cuisine.

International Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10 to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. “D10 is a day of solidarity and remembrance of people all over the world who continue to be oppressed by human rights violations - those who are systematically marginalized, disappeared, imprisoned, and killed,” Drew Elizarde-Miller, PCHRP Solidarity Officer, stated. “This is also a day in which we honor and remember the ways people all over the world resist these systems of repression through different forms of struggles for self-determination and liberation,” Elizarde-Miller added.

PCHRP Chairperson Nikki De Leon recounts: “As an organization, PCHRP sheds light on the role of the U.S. economic and political intervention in the Philippines on the increasing and worsening exploitation of the Filipino people. PCHRP also exposes and opposes the Philippine government’s humiliating record of human rights violations including increased militarization under the U.S.-backed counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan, which is responsible for the worsening extra-judicial killings of the indigenous Mindanao Lumads.” Notably, the case of the murder of transgender Filipina woman Jennifer Laude by U.S. Marine Joseph Pemberton and the most recent killings of Lumad leaders Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campus, and Bello Sinzo bring to light the ways in which the U.S. military and U.S.-backed Philippine military endanger the lives of Filipino women, children, and LGBTQIGNC people. Angelica Lim, PCHRP Womxn’s Desk Coordinator, remarks: “This historic trend of treating the Philippine Islands and its people as a place for ‘rest and recreation’ activities correlates to the intensification in prostitution and abuse in and around military bases.” PCHRP recognizes that the struggles of our communities around the world are intricately linked together and this event featuring cultural performances and visual exhibits aims to highlight these links to promote and advance the human rights struggle for self-determination and liberation of oppressed people around the world. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Drew Elizarde-Miller at dscmiller@gmail.com or (503)476-2179. For more information about PCHRP, please visit www.portlandchrp.com. 

Date:         Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time:     7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location:     Filipino-American Center
8917 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216

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