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Martial law in Mindanao and intensifying rights abuses mark Duterte’s 1st year

Press Statement - June 29, 2017

Victims of human rights violations and their families, human rights and peace advocates, leaders and members of people’s organizations and communities joined the National People’s Summit yesterday, June 28, 2017, at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City and forwarded their one year assessment* of their proposal for the Duterte administration’s peace and human rights agenda. The assessment of the Peace and Human Rights situation under the Duterte administration was led by Karapatan, Promotion for Church People’s Response, Hustisya, SELDA and Pilgrims for Peace.

Torture continues under Duterte

"The use of torture remains routine for State security forces. Political prisoners, for example, have been subjected to such cruel, inhuman and degrading acts, done by the police or the military for purposes of humiliating them and breaking their spirit. Instruments of the State who have the primary mandate to uphold, protect, and promote human rights are those who readily commit these violations. Moreover,

Court acquits peasant political prisoner of trumped-up charges

Press Release | 23 June 2017

On June 22, 2017, the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Basey, Samar acquitted peasant Elpidio Romanca after the State Prosecutor failed to refute Romanca and his counsel’s argument that the evidence against him were tampered by the military, thus the fabricated charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition are patently false.

Romanca with his family 

Court denies political prisoner’s plea to visit his father’s wake

Press Statement | June 23, 2017

In a court order issued on June 22, 2017, Judge Lily Villareal Biton of Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in San Mateo, Rizal denied the motion of Dumagat political prisoner Eddie Cruz to visit his father’s wake in the family’s makeshift house in Sitio Ee, Brgy. San Rafael, Montalban, Rizal. 

Dumagat political prisoner asks court to attend his father's wake

Press Statement | June 21, 2017

“For humanitarian considerations, political prisoner Eddie Cruz should be allowed to visit the wake of his father. The government has deprived him too long of his liberty to be with his loved ones, since his arrest on fabricated charges," said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

The Cruz family hails from the Dumagat tribe in Sitio Tuay, Rodriguez, Rizal. Before his arrest, Eddie worked as a farmer and was also occasionally hired as a tour guide in Rizal, as the breadwinner of the family. Since his arrest by virtue of a trumped up charge of illegal possession of firearms on August 28, 2010, his elderly parents had no choice but to work in the “kaingin” to meet the family’s needs.

Tatay Cresencio Cruz 


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