On August 24, 2015, Col. Alexander Macario of the 401st Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army wrote a letter to KARAPATAN inviting a "lecturer" from the organization for their human rights training with the Commission on Human Rights Region 13 office. We are sharing our response, through a letter by KARAPATAN Secretary General Cristina Palabay. Attached also is the letter of invitation sent by the said AFP unit.
KARAPATAN Public Information Team
"Thirteen massacres, 46 victims, seven of them are minors. These all happened under Commander-in-chief BS Aquino since 2010 up to the present," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay cried out in front of the Department of Justice today. Karapatan joined Bayan and other people's organizations in a protest action on the continuing extrajudicial killings in the country.
"We condemn the BS Aquino government's latest moves to prolong the detention of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultants Leopoldo Caloza and Renante Gamara," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.
“Instead of revoking Executive Order 546, a policy that legitimized the creation of paramilitary groups and private armies, the BS Aquino administration is now using it to further the proliferation of these armed dogs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Instead of junking a policy that supports a counter-insurgency program that infringes on basic human rights, BS Aquino enhanced it to worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines with the use of force multipliers," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.
“How the Armed Forces twisted the words of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons is nothing new. It has been the “logic” of fascist minds to justify their attacks against the people,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
KARAPATAN Philippines condemns the recent arrest and detention of Malaysian activists, during their peaceful assembly to express their call for an investigation of an alleged corruption on the 1MDB issue. We likewise join the call for their immediate and unconditional release. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are basic human rights enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We believe the Malaysian people, as all peace-and-democracy-loving people of the world, have strived to get these rights embedded in their own Constitution.
International People’s Conference on Mining
Manila, Philippines | July 30 – August 1, 2015
Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) have a very strong connection with their lands and territories, which they describe as a source of life. In addition, the environmental damage generated by the extractive industry impacts women’s ability to provide food and clean water for their families and communities. Also with the loss of land and displacement, women’s workload to provide for their families increases, including the impact on women who are trafficked and victims of forced migration. Destructive and large-scale mining also impacts on their and their families’ health, and their livelihood.For all these reasons, many women have taken leadership roles defending their lands and communities. They are building and strengthening their organizations and communities; creating spaces for the development of their capacities; leading protests and direct actions; asserting women’s voices in negotiation platforms, political and governance processes; and are building solidarity across communities and national borders to resist transgressions on their rights. Assuming these new roles has increased their visibility, but has also put them at greater risk. WHRDs are exposed to violence from businesses, governments and repressive institutions, including patriarchal structures that perpetuate violence.