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Youth’s call for justice to strengthen amid gov’t harassment, killings

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MANILA — The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) slams Duterte government Sunday, International Human Rights Day, for cases of harassment and death threats towards student leaders and activists.

According to the Union, student leaders from University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas and Polytechnic University of the Philippines received death threats through SMS. Cases came mostly from student council officers and leaders of local organizations.

The Union also claims of surveillance and harassment in public places towards youth activists.

“The tune of the messages does not vary: same pattern of red-tagging and warnings that they will be killed anytime if they do not stop calling for justice,” said NUSP spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim.

“These acts of intimidation and death threats are no different to what the military and Duterte trolls do to human rights activists, especially in provinces,” added Lim.

The group also linked the said cases to the recent killings as “part of the government’s attempt to crack down critics and those who are calling for human rights”.

Recent killings include Father Marcelito “Tito” Paez from Nueva Ecija, Elisa Badayos and Elioterio Moises from Negros, Pastor Lovelito Quinones from Oriental Mindoro and the eight Lumad members from South Cotabato.

“If they think that the call for justice and human rights will cease after what they did, they should think again. These cases just help the movement against Duterte’s dictatorship grow,” Lim said.

“Hence, NUSP calls on every Filipino youth to call for justice and join the Dec 10 gathering for human rights,” Lim concluded.

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