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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. 

Rights group enjoins Filipinos to march against martial law extension, repression, dictatorship this December 10

“We are nearing December 10, commemorated as the International Human Rights Day, but we are confronted yet still by numerous and gross rights violations in succession, as well as repressive policies continuously being shoved down our throats,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay in a press conference by various rights groups at a restaurant in Quezon City. Palabay cited the recent case of illegal arrest of peace consultant Rey Casambre and his wife, Patricia Cora Casambre last December 7, 2018, and Duterte’s pending martial law extension for another year.
 
 

Free the Casambres! Free all political prisoners!

Another peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was illegally arrested on the evening of December 7, 2018. Peace consultant Rey Casambre, 67, was arrested along with his wife, Patricia Cora Casambre, 72, while on their way home in Cavite. Both were brought to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City.  Rey Casambre is the 7th NDFP peace consultant arrested under the Duterte regime. 
 
 

KARAPATAN ON THE 3RD EXTENSION OF MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

"The whispers of another martial law extension have turned into a real nightmare today. President Duterte has officially requested Congress to extend Martial Law in Mindanao yet again, while the vultures eager to receive his blessings come election season are ever more ready to decide on the basis of political favor rather than the people’s welfare. With another extension, the people of Mindanao are being dragged into greater peril,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan hits AFP Chief Galvez’s appointment as presidential adviser on peace process

“Duterte is nailing the door to peace shut with appointing retiring AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr. as the next Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. What will a high-ranking military officer contribute to the advancement of the peace process when the same institution has been largely behind the derailment and collapse of the negotiations? Clearly, Galvez will turn OPAPP into the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Preventing Peace. War is business, and the military is adept at profiting from violating people’s rights,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on Malacanang’s announcement of the appointment of AFP Chief Galvez as OPAPP head.


 

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