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Children of War

They are children of war, victims of war their innocent minds cannot comprehend.  But they know injustice has been to done their parents who did nothing wrong by helping the farmers, the workers, the poor.  
Even adults cannot comprehend why launching a fight against the causes of poverty and unrest is a crime.  And why one should be jailed for one’s political beliefs. 

Karapatan welcomes GPH-NDFP Joint Statement to pursue peace talks

“On June 15, we received two good news for peace and human rights advocates,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said in a press conference of advocates led by Pilgrims for Peace.

Peace Process 2016 

Open Letter to President-elect Rody Duterte from a daughter of a desaparecido

June 8, 2016

Dear President Duterte, 
I once heard you call your daughter drama queen. My father would probably say the same for me. I was not raped, but my father is a desaparecido for nine years now, which brings out the drama queen in me. 

I am Aya Santos, daughter of Leo Velasco, a missing peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 


Karapatan position on various issues arising from the statements of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte

On peace talks with the NDFP

Karapatan fully supports the incoming President’s move to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines(NDFP) and the release of all political prisoners unjustly jailed because of trumped-up criminal charges. We also urge the incoming President to pull-out the troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from communities and to junk the Aquino counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan. We also urge President Duterte to immediately indemnify the victims of human rights violations under martial law.

SELDA says no to Marcos burial at “Libingan ng mga Bayani”

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of Karapatan and SELDA (an organization of former political detainees, mostly detained during the martial law era) today called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to “be more circumspect” on the issue of the burial of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.


Zambasulta-Sabah Evacuation Docu Report

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