Cathy Salucon

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Maria Catherine L. Dannug-Salucon

Philippines

According to our information, Mrs. Maria Catherine L. Dannug-Salucon has been the subject of different forms of harassment, including death threats, labelling, surveillance and verbal intimidation by military officers throughout the last months related to her work as a human rights lawyer. Atty. Dannug-Salucon is a founding member of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and has been taking on high profile cases, including the defense of several political detainees as well as cases related to various mass and people’s organisations.

Catherine Dannug-Salucon is reportedly incorporated in the Filipino military’s Watch List of so-called ‘Communist Terrorist’ supporters providing legal services. Since March, she has also been under the surveillance of the Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The surveillance is particularly concerning in view of the killing on 25 March 2014 of Mr. William Bugatti, reportedly by members of the Intelligence Services. He was a human rights defender who was also working as a paralegal for Atty. Dannug-Salucon.

L4L and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), in a joint letter to the President of the Philippines and the police, expressed their concerns about her situation. The effect of our letter will be even bigger if you would send a letter underlining these concerns.

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