The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament calls for
immediate release of all prisoners, who have been detained by the authorities
in Philippines on politically motivated charges and expresses concern with the rapidly
worsening human rights situation in the country.
The measures taken by the Duterte regime to fight the pandemic
should protect human rights, not undermine it. In an urgency resolution today
debated in plenary and initiated by our political group, MEPs also denounce the
government’s practice of “red-tagging” activists, journalists, and critics,
thus accusing them of being communists and terrorists.
The decision of the Government of the Philippines to withdraw
from the Rome Statute is very worrying and we encourage the ICC to continue the
inquiry into the allegations of crimes against humanity. The resolutions calls
on the European Commission to set clear, public, time bound benchmarks for the
Philippines to comply with its human rights obligations under the Generalised
Scheme of Preferences (GSP+ scheme).
Renew Europe MEP, Svenja Hahn (FDP, Germany), who led the
negotiations on the urgency resolution on the situation in Philippines, said:
“If there is no substantial improvement and willingness from the
Philippines government to meet their human rights obligations under the GSP, we
expect the Commission to withdraw the trade preferences. The European
Parliament will not accept any more inactivity and we will not compromise on
our European values.”