The Anti-Terror Law, officially known as the Anti-Terrorism Act 2020, or Republic Act No. 11479, is a new Philippine law replacing the Human Security Act of 2007. The Duterte government says that the Act is meant to “prevent, prohibit and penalize terrorism.” In reality the Act allows the Philippine government to exercise extreme powers to target individuals and groups at their own discretion, under an overly broad definition of “terrorism” that infringes on our human rights of freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the right to peaceful assembly.
The law will have a chilling effect on all forms of dissent and will paint a target on anyone who dares criticize the Duterte regime, including activists, organizers, Indigenous land defenders, environmental advocates, faith leaders, progressive politicians, outspoken students, community groups, and NGOs. It will affect anyone who cares about human rights in the Philippines, Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, whether inside or outside of the Philippines.
We must put pressure on our politicians to stand up for all who care about the human rights in the Philippines! We are asking you to contact federal officials and your local Members of Parliament to ask them to stand with freedom-loving Filipinos and non-Filipinos both here and in the Philippines.
Visit this link to be taken to our #JunkTerrorLaw national action page, where you will learn how to email, call, and tweet your local legislators about the Terror Law, along with helpful templates and resources to use in your communications: junkterrorlaw-ca.carrrd.co. Share this page with your network and let’s call on our legislators to do the right thing, and publicly condemn the Anti-Terror Law.
Stand with us, act with us! Speak up, speak out! #JunkTerrorLaw