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On Duterte’s statement that human rights groups are enemies of the state

Only tyrants and human rights violators consider human rights defenders as enemies, to justify their killing and other worse violations against them. It is actually those in government who order, encourage and perpetuate extrajudicial killings, illegal or arbitrary arrests, rape, torture, and other grave violations, as well as those who engender impunity and poverty and promote the sell-out of our country’s patrimony, who are considered by the people as their enemies. 

New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize - Karapatan

Surreptitiously, without consultation with many non-profit organizations, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. 2018) or the Guidelines for the Protection of SEC Registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) From Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Abuse or the NPO Guidelines on November 7, 2018. 

Karapatan on the December 27 killings and arrests in Negros

Karapatan human rights workers are still confirming several details on the killings and arrests yesterday, December 27, in Negros Oriental, perpetrated by the 302nd Infantry Brigade,94th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police.

Initial reports from several sources state that at least six persons were killed, including Jesus “Dondon” Isugan, son of peasant organizers Delia and Dominador Isugan; habal-habal drivers Reneboy Fat and Jaime Revilla, who are also community organizers; and Demetrio Fat, cousin of a peasant organizer. The six were reportedly killed as the PNP and AFP served search warrants in their homes, alleging their possession of firearms.

Labelling, attacking critics won’t cover-up Duterte regime’s crimes

“President Duterte and his cabal of psychopath soldiers and police, along with his court jesters Salvador Panelo and Martin Andanar, are once again going on a spree of frothing-in-the-mouth red-tagging against those who criticize and oppose his murderous regime, again endangering groups and different sectors, particularly vocal critics of his murderous governance and rights defenders,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, condemning Duterte’s statements and new bout of red-tagging.

On International Human Rights Day 2018: Stop the Attacks! Defend People’s Rights! Resist Dictatorship!

“The Duterte regime is a government that willfully violates people’s rights; it is not a government for the people. It has merely strengthened a system that only affords due process, justice, and privileges to the elite, leaving the rest of us as targets of rights abuses and spiraling poverty. As we mark International Human Rights Day, a day commemorating the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with protest, we likewise register our continuing resolve to defend people’s rights and resist tyranny and dictatorship,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on December 10, 2018 in Liwasang Bonifacio and Mendiola. 

 

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