International Solidarity Award Holder
The NASUWT has presented its International Solidarity Award 2020 to Raymond Basilio, Secretary General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Philippines.
The Award was presented to Mr Basilio, who has been subject to state-sponsored threats and harassment. There has been specific targeting of members of the ACT, including armed attacks on members amid a rising tide of violence in the country.
Members of the ACT have been subjected to state-sponsored profiling, red-tagging,[*] vilification, harassment, intimidation and threats. This is part of a larger trend where progressive movements and individuals critical of the Duterte administration are being targeted.
Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “Raymond has been a vocal advocate of the right of all children to quality education and the rights of teachers. His story is a stark reminder that trade unionists around the world continue to be targeted in their fight for freedom of expression, social justice and human rights.
“The NASUWT is deeply concerned and dismayed at the continuing state-sponsored threats and harassment that Raymond and his members have been subjected to, including profiling, red-tagging, vilification, harassment, intimidation and threats.
“With our colleagues at Amnesty International, Education International and the International Trade Union Confederation, the NASUWT and teachers throughout the UK will continue to press for the Government of the Philippines to allow you to carry out your legitimate trade union activities without fear of harassment or imprisonment.
“We hope that the NASUWT International Solidarity Award will help to maintain a spotlight on the actions of the Government in the Philippines and provide reassurance that the NASUWT, together with the wider international community, continues to support Raymond and the work of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, as a champion of the rights of teachers and students.”
What is the International Solidarity Award?
The NASUWT International Solidarity Award recognises the bravery and commitment of individuals around the world who work tirelessly to promote human rights and to defend the rights of teachers.
The annual Award highlights and celebrates the commitment of individuals to the trade union values of solidarity, equality and democracy and to challenging violence, injustice, bigotry and hatred.
The NASUWT makes the Award in recognition of the work of an individual who has made an important contribution to education and human and trade union rights.
Recipients of the NASUWT International Solidarity Award are, by their nature, educators: they embody the moral purpose of teachers in seeking to create a better future for children and young people, free from fear, injustice, bigotry and hatred.
The seven guiding principles for conferring the International Solidarity Award recognises the contribution of individuals to:
- defending human rights
- defending the trade union rights of teachers
- campaigning for quality education for all children and young people
- promoting values of solidarity, equality and democracy
- challenging violence, injustice, bigotry and hatred
- working in countries outside the United Kingdom
* Red-tagging in the Philippines has been used to label individuals and organisations critical of the Philippine Government “communist” or “terrorist” regardless of their actual beliefs or affiliations.