UN in the Philippines Press Releases

Media Statement: Internal displacement / Indigenous peoples: UN expert appalled at distortion of his comments by Philippines Armed Forces

MANILA / GENEVA (13 August 2015) – In a statement of clarification, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, today described the misrepresentation of his comments by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on the situation of hundreds of internally displaced indigenous persons in Davao, Mindanao, as “incorrect, unacceptable and a gross distortion of my views.”

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Media Advisory: UN expert on internal displacement launches first official visit to the Philippines

MANILA (21 July 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani will carry out an official visit to the Philippines from 21 to 31 July 2015 to assess the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different regions of the country caused by natural disasters, conflict and development projects.

“The Philippines has a range of internal displacement issues, which include those caused in 2013 by the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan where significant progress has been made, as well as other displacement situations where challenges remain to be addressed,” he noted.

“It is my intention to assist in finding solutions as well as to share experiences with the Government,” said Mr. Beyani, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government.

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Media Advisory: Queen Maxima visits PHL to promote access to financial services

Her Majesty Queen Máxima will visit the Republic of the Philippines from 29 June 2015 to 1 July 2015 in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development.

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UNDP calls for media safety as the Philippines marks Press Freedom Day – 4 May 2015