Latest News

Case of illegal arrest raised before the SC

Andrea Rosal's arrested companion Edward Lazanas, who maintains his arrest is illegal, today filed a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court. 

Atty Cortez NUPL and Lazanas mother"The arrest of Edward Lanzanas is illegal and the charges against him are utterly false, just like the case of Andrea Rosal," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said as Lanzanas' mother, Nimfa Dimalaluan Lanzanas filed the petition at the SC. Lazanas’ mother was assisted by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) through Atty. Rey Cortez.

Lanzanas is Rosal's companion when she was arrested on March 27, 2014 in Caloocan City. The two were nabbed by the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation using warrants  for murder and kidnapping with murder charges, both of which did not contain Lanzanas' name. 

"The arresting officers made it appear that the alias 'Ka Jomel,' which is included as among the accused in Criminal Case Nos. 11-3248 to 11-3249, is the alleged pseudonym of EDWARD without any evidentiary basis at all," the petition said. 

On April 14, Lanzanas, through his counsel, filed petition for writ of habeas corpus at the Court of Appeals but was immediately dismissed the following day. The motion for reconsideration was also dismissed on May 14.

"Lanzanas and Rosal are illegally detained for five months now at Special Intensive Care Area of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Each day of their detention is continuing injustice to them and to their families. They should be immediately released," Palabay said. 

Two relief workers and two other peasant leaders killed in August

“There is no let-up in the extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan. The killing of typhoon relief workers and peasant leaders further exposes the contempt of this regime against those who are genuinely working for poor communities,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan. 

Four-month old child hit by soldiers’ bullets, 14-year old boy abducted with father at a military checkpoint in Maguindanao

“BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan spares no one. Through the program, the military kills, injures and abducts even children,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said on the recent report of human rights violations received by Karapatan.

Based on initial reports, a four-month old baby was hit by soldiers’ bullets while a 14-year old boy was abducted with his father. Both father and son’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Generals Visaya and Año sowing Palparan-style terror in Mindanao

Gen. Palparan may be in jail, but his trained dogs, Brig. Gen. Ricardo Visaya and Gen. Eduardo Año are sowing terror in Mindanao," Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan said as human rights violations continue to rise in Mindanao.

Karapatan calls for release of arrested anti-pork activist, indigenous people’s leader in Surigao City

“Malacañang is a factory of trumped-up charges against activists and those who are demanding that BS Aquino be held accountable for the presidential pork aka DAP,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general when the human rights organization received reports yesterday on the arrest of an anti-pork activist and an indigenous people’s leader in Surigao City. 


Free Genasque Enriquez 


Zambasulta-Sabah Evacuation Docu Report

Zambasulta Documentation Report  

View the report here.

UPR Watch logo 

UPR Watch Banner 

Read the report.

Join us on Facebook


You may also want to visit:



free all political prisoners  



Int'l Conference on HR & Peace in the Phils