The International Peace Observers Network (IPON) is an independent, non-intervening, and non-profit organization founded in Germany. We, the observers, accompany human rights defenders (HRD), we monitor, and inform about their human rights situation. With this approach, we pursue following aims: 1. accompanied HRDs are able to undertake their work free from threats, violence and repressions; 2. state authorities execute their duty to protect human rights, and especially the HRDs; 3. human rights are respected and secured.
Since 2006, IPON observers accompany HRD in the Philippines, starting with the farmers‘ organization KMBP (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula) in Bondoc Peninsula, Quezon Province. In 2008, we began to work in Negros Occidental and Oriental, accompanying the human rights defenders from TFM (Task Force Mapalad). Since 2011, IPON is present in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, to accompany the members of PADATA (Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association).
Currently, our main focus lies on human rights abuses and violations related to agrarian reform and ancestral domain disputes, but we mean to include other areas of human rights violations as well.
IPON is operating on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and other relevant international human rights treaties ratified by the Philippine state. As our work aims to support human rights defenders, it is predicated on the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, acknowledged by the Philippine State. The Declaration of Human Rights is universal and grants every human being the same equal rights. It provides a solid ground for our work in the Philippines and the co-operation with all relevant state authorities.
The human rights observers working in the Philippines are international volunteers who are trained by IPON in Germany.