Otto de Vries is a Dutch missionary to the Philippines where he has been serving in poor communities and labor rights’ research since 1991. Recently, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration revoked his permanent residency status and was ordered for deportation. This order is based on false reports and accusations that he is working with a terrorist organization. The report refers to the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) where he renders volunteer research work.
Migrante Netherlands condemn the Philippine government’s blatant attack on the rights of Otto de Vries and the clear political persecution of labor rights defenders and institutions in the Philippines under the fascist dictatorship of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Our demand: stop the deportation of Otto de Vries and the political persecution of EILER.
We invite you to join us in an online indignation rally and cultural solidarity action on 18 February 2021 via Zoom, Facebook and Youtube channels of Migrante Netherlands. Organized in cooperation with the Promotion of Church People’s Response – Europe and the Nederlands-Filippijnse Solidariteitsbeweging (Dutch-Filipino Solidarity Association).
You can read here about the testimony of Otto de Vries and the Press Statement of the Nederlands-Filippijnse Solidariteitsbeweging.
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