Appeals for Action

Karapatan HR workers, rights violations victims in Southern Mindanao under attack

 

On April 26, 2015, at around 9:50 a.m., a man with military haircut wearing light fatigue shirt and short pants was walking back and forth the road, and would tiptoe to look over what was behind the gates of the Karapatan-Southern Mindanao Region office. At the time, those inside the office were Leonora Ricafort and son Jayson; Eduardo E. Regidor and sons Levie, Eduardo Jr. and Jhon Mark; Romnick Talara, wife “Jessa” and son Justin James; Aida Sanduman-Seisa, Primjun ObliandaCabatuan, and Roselyn Tausa (Most of them are victims of human rights violations).They noticed the man because he passed through the road four times. On the 5th time, he stood at the side of the Karapatan office. He looked up to see what was inside the office.

Call for the immediate release of 13 civilians, including a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

On March 4, 2015, combined elements of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) simultaneously raided three houses in Quezon City and Caloocan City in the guise of implementing “Oplan Paglalansag”, a campaign of the PNP to go after illegally held firearms. The raid ended up with the arrest of 13 civilians, including a duly-accredited peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
 

Urgent Appeal: Denounce repressive measures of jail authorities against hunger-striking political prisoners

Dear friends,

All 491 political prisoners in detention centers all over the Philippines are on hunger strike and fast to express their urgent plea for freedom, justice and human rights. The hunger strike also coincides with the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, as the political prisoners seek the kind intercession of the Pope for their release.

Forcible Evacuation of 378 families from 16 Lumad Communities in Surigao del Sur

Case: FORCIBLE EVACUATION, VIOLATION OF DOMICILE, INDISCRIMINATE FIRING

Victim/s: 378 families with 1,783 individuals

Place of Incident: Lumad (indigenous peoples) communities of Lianga, San Agustin and Tago, Surigao del Sur

Date of Incident: October 27, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):

(Updated) Urgent Call to Stop AFP's Military Operations in Abra

September 23, 2014

We call on all peace and human rights advocates--individuals, institutions, the Church, people’s organizations, the academe and other groups to support the call of the people of Lacub, Abra in the Cordillera Region, Philippines, for the immediate cessation of the military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) therein and nearby communities.

 

Urgent Call for the Immediate Cessation of Military Operations in Lacub, Abra

September 12, 2014

Urgent Call for the Immediate Cessation of Military Operations in Lacub, Abra

We call on peace advocates -  individuals, institutions, people’s organizations, the academe and other groups to support the call of the people of Lacub, Abra to stop the military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines  in their villages and nearby communities.

On September 8 and 9, a fact-finding mission team went to Lacub, Abra to gather data and assist the communities affected.

Two youth volunteers arbitrarily arrested in Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province

Free Geary and Guilly!

 

Case:        Illegal Arrest and Detention    

Victim/s:

Call for justice for the victims of human rights violation in Maguindanao province

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for justice for the four-month old child victim of indiscriminate firing and the call to surface Mohammad Abdulkarim and his 14-year-old son Mehad Mohammad.

These cases continue to show that the military's presence in the communities endanger civilians, especially children.

Below is the account based on the initial report received by Karapatan:

Enforced Disappearance of father and son

Indigenous peoples leader arrested on trumped-up frustrated murder charges

KASALO-Caraga SecGen and KATRIBU 2nd nominee GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ arrested on trumped up frustrated murder cases



Case:    Political Persecution, Illegal Arrest, Illegal Detention on Trumped Up Charges

Victim/s:

GENASQUE B. ENRIQUEZ

  • Male, 41 years old, father of 4, Secretary General of Kasalo-Caraga and second nominee of KATRIBU Partylist

Place of Incident:   Dale’s Food House, Rizal St., Surigao City

Another pregnant woman illegally arrested in Quezon Province

Case:    Illegal Arrest and Detention    

Victim/s: MARIA MIRADEL TORRES

-    Female, 26 years old, four months pregnant, member of the Gabriela-Mauban Chapter

Place of Incident:    Barangay (village) Ilayang Iyam, Lucena City, Quezon Province

Date of Incident:    June 20, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Joint elements of Philippine National Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group,  and Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.


Account of the Incident:

On the evening of June 20, 2014, Maria Miradel Torres was arrested without warrant by elements of the CIDG and Southern Luzon Command (Solcom). The men forcibly entered the house where she was staying in IlayangIyam village, Lucena City, Quezon province.  A policeman said Torres was under arrest for being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) using the aliases “Alex,” and “Sydney”. Torres insisted to see the warrant of arrest but she was not shown any.

The police took Torres and brought her to the Camp Gen. Guillermo Nakar Station Hospital at the Solcom headquarters in Lucena City.

Torres, 26, who is four-months pregnant, was confined at a hospital in Quezon province from June 11 to 18 due to profuse bleeding. During her stay at the hospital, several men inquired about Torres. A female who introduced herself as “Flor” and who claimed to be the provincial governor’s aide offered assistance. On June 18, Torres was discharged from the hospital and went home to Ilayang Iyam, Lucena City. While traveling home, she and her companion noticed men following them.

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