Philippines: Counter-terrorism

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 30th November 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Philippines' Government on the effect of that Government's new Anti-Terrorism Act on (a) the human rights of the Filipino people and (b) the work of civil society organisations in that country.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK recognises the threat of terrorism in the Philippines and the importance of protecting human rights in the updated Anti-Terrorism Act. We regularly raise human rights concerns and continue to support the work of civil society organisations in the Philippines. I raised our concerns with Foreign Minister Locsin on 20 November, stressing the need for engagement with a new UN technical assistance programme with the Philippines, as set out in a UN Human Rights Council resolution adopted in October 2020.

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