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Sign On: Statement of Concern regarding the Pride March Arrests in Manila, Philippines

  • JASS

We are a network of women human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and advocates expressing our concern over the arrest and detention of 20 members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community in the Philippines as they led the Pride March in commemoration of the International Pride Month in Manila today. We condemn the threats, arbitrary arrest, and detention of the members of the LGBTQ+ organization Bahaghari-Metro Manila, together with their allies Salinlahi (an alliance of child rights advocates), Gabriela Women’s Party, and GABRIELA. We also denounce the alleged threats of the Manila Police District (MPD) to shoot the protesters if they resisted arrest.  

It is ironic how, on the day to celebrate the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, their very rights are violated. Amid the pandemic, threats to apprehend peaceful protesters under the guise of violating the general community quarantine (GCQ) rules are rampant. Despite practising social and physical distancing, the protesters were still arrested. This recent incident was meant to silence the Filipino people’s continuing call for democratic rights in light of the worsening human rights situation in the country.

We call on the MPD to release the 20 LGBTQ+ members and supporters of Bahaghari-Metro Manila who are only exercising their right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. We call on the Philippine government, including the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the MPD to uphold human rights. We stand with the LGBTQ+ community and the Filipino people in the call for justice, peace, and democracy.

We also call on the international community to stand with the arrested LGBTQ+ and supporters, to stand against police harassment and brutality, and to stand with the Filipino people for democracy.




Just Associates Inc. (JASS)

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development (APWLD) 

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (IM-Defensoras)

350 Pilipinas

Protection International (PI)

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) 

Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) 

Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Philippines

Backyard Politics, Thailand

Buku, Thailand

Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), Philippines

Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (SAMAKANA), Philippines

GABRIELA Philippines

GABRIELA-Youth, Philippines

Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda (FAMM-Indonesia)

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Sangsan Anakot Yawachon Development Project, Thailand 

V-Day Thailand 

Young Feminist From Salawin River, Thailand 

School Of Feminists, Thailand 

ThaiConsent, Thailand 

Tantang Group, Thailand 

Aro/Ace-clusionist: Aromantic & Asexual Exist 


SHero, Thailand

Perempuan Mahardhika (PM), Indonesia

Solidarity Trade Union of Myanmar (STUM)

Green South Foundation (GSF), Thailand

Non-Binary Thailand

BAI Indigenous Women’s Network in the Philippines

Union of Homeland Struggle, Indonesia

Front Line Defenders

Tanggol Bayi (Defend Women) – Philippines

Karapatan Alliance Philippines

Movimentu Feto Foin Sae Timor-Leste (MOFFE)

Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation (CFSWF)

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM)

Kilusan ng Manggagawang Kababaihan (KMK), Philippines

People Like Us Hang Out! (PLUHO), Malaysia

Transmen of Malaysia

Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, Fiji

Pacific Feminist SRHR Coalition, Pacific SIDS

Justice for Sisters, Malaysia

Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), Thailand

Innabuyog – Cordillera, Philippines

Girls4Peace Network, Philippines

Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), Philippines

National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates – Youth (NNARA Youth), Philippines

AMIHAN, Philippines





Photo Credit: League of Filipino Students (LFS)

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