Garito Malibato

On the 22nd of March 2018, 23-year-old and member of indigenous Lumad community was gunned down by alleged a paramilitary group known as the Alamara.

The Alamara have been alleged to be involved in the rising number of attacks on indigenous communities have been further alleged to have close ties to the army that have acted to internally displace communities.  Alamara and other similar paramilitaries have continued to violently harass ethnic minorities within in the region of which Garito belongs.

Garito, who was a member of the KARADYAWAN, worked to bring food and other essential services to the otherwise remote indigenous communities within the region and defending ancestral land from plantations and extractive plundering. Garito’s murder highlights the violence that many indigenous community members face when acting to defend the human rights of similar community members.

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Country:The Philippines

Department/Province/State:Davao del Norte



Date of Killing:22/03/2018

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Farmer

Organisation:Member of KARADYAWAN

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Environmental Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Peasant Communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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