The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) has condemned police brutality against farmers in Mindanao, Philippines.
The CCA spoke out against “the violent response and shootings by the police on farmers in the Philippines” and expressed solidarity with the leadership of the United Methodist Church in its continuing protection of some 6,000 farmers and tribal leaders who are threatened by violence from the Philippine National Police. CAA reported that at least three people were killed and hundreds were wounded when police opened fire against farmers who were protesting in favor of a dialogue with government officials regarding 15,000 sacks of rice that were promised to them.
“We join hands with those who are struggling for basic human rights and justice, and urge the government and provincial authorities to provide adequate provisions and security to the farmers who are legitimately registering their concerns,”said CCA general secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara.
“It is unfortunate that the legitimate rights of poor farmers, who are demanding appropriate action by the government to provide assistance to the sustenance of farmers in the drought ravaged area, are being ignored,” he stated.