Presence and Escort
IPON observers are present at the side of HRD who are exposed to human rights violations due to their work. IPON accompanies HRD to different ventures such as political actions, meetings with governmental institutions, or court hearings. If a member of the accompanied partner organization is especially endangered, IPON observers offer support by increasing their attendance.
The presence and escort are supposed to prevent assaults, and to enable the unhindered work of the HRD. It is believed to raise the inhibition threshold for encroachments by perpetrators. With this instrument, IPON also aims at increasing the sense of security of the HRD, and to minimise the possibility that violent means for struggle are chosen. Correspondingly, it is meant to encourage and confirm the HRD in their peaceful way of promoting their cause.
IPON documents human rights violations and abuses related to the engagement of the accompanied HRD. IPON conducts interviews, collects data, and observes events and activities of its partner organizations. Because it proved difficult for state actors to get unfiltered information from conflict areas, the ability to collect and evaluate information leads to an increasing importance of IPON reports. The critical analysis follows a legalistic approach focusing on legal duties and responisibilities that stem from international human rights treaties. Therefore, IPON puts an emphasis on state actors and their performance regarding human rights standards.
Informing and Acting
Information that has been gathered on the local level and has been analysed by the observers are further processed to several blogs – such as this one -, to newsletters, and a biannully published journal. By this, the information is brought to the attention of an international public. Furthermore, IPON regularly exchanges information with different Philippine state institutions and points out their responsibility to uphold human rights. Thus, the compiled information and reports do not only serve for the internal maintenance of knowledge within IPON, but more importantly, it is made available for other NGOs, pressure groups, and politicians. Thereby, we establich a framework for targeted actions and measures to improve the human rights situation in the Philippines.