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Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

John Milton M. Lozande, Secretary General of National Federation of Sugar Workers

Osamu Niikura, Vice President of Japan Lawyers International Solidarity Association and Professor Emeritus at Aoyama Gakuin University, Attorney at Law

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English.


The Philippines is in the headlines since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016, and lunching his "War on Drugs." According to the country's Drug Enforcement Agency, 4,948 suspected drug users and dealers have died during police operations from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018. This figure does not include thousands killed by unidentified gunmen. As international criticism has intensified and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in February 2018 launched a preliminary examination to determine whether to open a full investigation, Duterte promptly announced that the Philippines would withdraw from the ICC.

Human Rights activists and civil society groups in the Philippines have expressed concerns from the beginning but not much has focused on initiatives overseas. A group of activists representing human right, as well as labor and agricultural workers' organizations, are visiting Japan to update citizens' groups here about alleged gross violations of the human rights.

Doors open for TV crew only at 10:15, all others at 10:30.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website(

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.

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John Milton M. LozandeOsamu Niikura

 John Milton M. Lozande                Osamu Niikura

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