The Philippine Human Rights Act (PHRA), i.e., House Resolution (HR) 8313, was introduced by Democratic Congressmember Susan Wild in September 2020. The PHRA had numerous co-authors and co-signers that joined in the collective efforts and message to the Congress.
The PHRA calls for the suspension of the provision of security assistance to the Philippines until the Government of the Philippines has reformed their military and police use of force, which we consider brutal and inhumane abuses of power. Moreover, advocates of the PHRA decry and demand an immediate end to the United States’ economic support of the Philippines until systematic accountability measures are integrated into these agreements. The Duterte Administration continues to violate and transgress basic human rights on the regime’s aimless and senseless “War on Drugs.”
While we advocate at the federal level, the movement continues locally. For the past several months, LEAD Filipino has been working in the community to elevate the PHRA in the County of Santa Clara.
Please join us tonight at 6pm in a Special Hearing with the County of Santa Clara’s Human Rights Commission, featuring supporters of the Act including Congressmember Ro Khanna, State Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Ash Kalra, and community leaders, including survivor Brandon Lee, among many others.