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Philippines: Teacher unionists threatened

Education International has launched an urgent action appeal encouraging the global community of educators and activists to express outrage at the death threats received by the General Secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Raymond Basilio, and at the unlawful profiling of ACT members by the authorities.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has reported that its General Secretary Raymond Basilio received death threats on his personal mobile phone. One call came during an ACT press conference on 11 January 2019, at which the education union denounced the constant harassment and threats faced by its members and leaders. The caller, who appeared to know about Basilio’s personal details and about his family, claimed an order had been issued for Basilio’s killing unless he agreed to cooperate with the caller’s demands. 

Despite the denial of the Philippine National Police and the authorities, ACT has also learned of continuing unlawful profiling of its members carried out by the police in different regions of the nation, in a serious breach of both national an

d international law. In a letter to President Duterte dated 22 January, Education International (EI) denounced such practices violating the principles of freedom of association, equality and non-discrimination, as well as the rights to respect for private life and data protection. 

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Source: Education International and LabourStart


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