April, 2017

Stop the Killings! Relatives and families of both political and drug-related killings avow

“Extrajudicial killings, whether done in the  name of the war against so-called enemies of the State or of the war on drugs, should stop. We reiterate our call to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to truly undertake long-term and comprehensive socio-economic and political reforms that address the roots of social unrest, as well as the prevalence of the illegal drug trade, instead of employing militarist solutions," said Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general in an event held at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, on April 29, 2017.

 

Three years after EDCA signing: Duterte should scrap EDCA, walk the talk on PH sovereignty

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - "We call on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to walk the talk and decisively terminate one-sided military agreements with the United States government, such as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). If this administration is serious in asserting Philippine sovereignty against the US, it should start by doing away with treaties and deals that trample on the nation’s sovereignty. We also challenge Duterte to veer away from neoliberal policies being pushed by the US – policies that have caused widespread and systematic poverty in the country, allowing big corporations to gain profits at the expense of the people’s welfare,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in a rally led by the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) outside the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California, US, to protest the implementation of EDCA for the past three years. 

Ten years after the disappearance of Jonas Burgos, perpetrators remain scot-free

“It has been ten (10) years and Jonas Burgos is still missing. Though cases have been filed, perpetrators have remained unpunished. From the Arroyo regime to the current administration, the disappearance of Jonas remains a continuing proof of the climate of impunity in our country. It will continue to be a stark reminder on the prevalent injustice and lack of accountability of State security forces responsible for rights abuses, and government negligence,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor during a protest held outside the Department of National Defense (DND) on April 28, 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of Jonas Burgos’ disappearance.

 

  

Rights situation in PH amplify calls for just and lasting peace

“Continuing assaults on people’s rights indicate the urgency for just and lasting peace in the Philippines. There is a need to make the Benigno Aquino III regime accountable for the crimes it has committed against the people, while pursuing the call for the Duterte government to stop dismissing and start addressing issues on rights violations and the roots of the armed conflict in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Jigs Clamor, in a press briefing of human rights defenders set to participate in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on May 8, 2017.

Longest-detained political prisoner released – Karapatan

“After thirty two (32) years, political prisoner Jose Ceriales was finally released on April 19, 2017, after serving sentence for false charges of multiple murder and double frustrated murder. Peasant Ceriales was arrested on May 3, 1985 in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental when he was only 22 years old. Now, he is 54 years old. That is 32 years of injustice which spanned different regimes,” said Clamor on the release of the longest-detained political prisoner in the country.

 

 (Photo: Jose Ceriales finally freed after 32 years in prison. He was only 22 years old when he was arrested; he is now 54 years old)

#OccupyLuisita campaign vs Cojuangco-Aquinos is just and legitimate

“The arduous struggle for land distribution of Hacienda Luisita is just and legitimate, as landlords Cojuangcos and Aquinos continue to deny the return of land to its tillers, a condition which constituted the original agreement between the Cojuangcos and the Magsaysay government way back in 1967,” said Jigs Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary General, on the “bungkalan” and land occupation of peasant farmers and farmworkers dubbed as #OccupyLuisita campaign.

 

 

 

ILPS Commission 3 Solidarity Statement on the Palestinian Political Prisoners' Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity

The International League of People's Struggle Commission 3 is in solidarity with the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, as they go on a collective hunger strike for "Freedom and Dignity." 

In their fight for self-determination, more than 7,000 Palestinians are imprisoned by the Zionist Israeli government without charges or trial. Their struggle for freedom and dignity is their struggle for liberation from occupation and oppression as a Palestinian nation. 

Prosecute Palparan for extrajudicial killings

Washington, DC, US - "While General Jovito Palparan was charged and is now prosecuted for the disappearance of two women activists, he is yet to be prosecuted for the killings of more than 200 activists during the Arroyo regime. We call on Pres. Duterte and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to hold Palparan accountable for these crimes and junk US-directed counter-insurgency programs in the Philippines through which these crimes are perpetrated," said Cristina Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan, in a forum at the Washington Peace Center in the US. 
 

Free Palestinian political prisoners!

A Solidarity Statement of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines on the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 

Karapatan stands in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, as we commemorate with the Palestinian people the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners from April 17 to 24, 2017. This period also marks the protest hunger strike of Palestinian political prisoners, dubbed the “Strike for Dignity,” to call for an end to the prohibitions and cuts to family visits, proper medical care and an end to medical neglect and an end to isolation and administrative detention.

 

Fig. 1. Palestinian Prisoners’ Day celebrated last April 17, 2017 where more than 1,300 Palestinian detainees initiated a hunger strike, photo taken from NSBC International

Gov’t troops vs ASG clash in Bohol caused killing of two civilians, displacement

“Although the recent military operation in Bohol was supposedly in pursuit of ten (10) elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the disposition and safety of civilians should be given priority. Because of the incident, at least 700 residents were forced to evacuate to the Dagohoy High School, two (2) kilometers from their community. Some residents reported that they were not informed to evacuate prior to the bombing, while two civilians killed by soldiers were presented as ASG supporters, without any proof,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Jigs Clamor on the recent reported Bohol clash involving government troops and the so-called ASG members.

Residents of Brgy. Napo, Inabanga, Bohol, crossing a river to get to the evacuation center. Some 700 evacuees evacuated to the Dagohoy High School, 2 kilometers from their community 

(Residents of Brgy. Napo Inabanga, Bohol, crossing a river to get to the evacuation center. Some 700 residents evacuated to the Dagohoy High School, 2 kilometers away from their community)

Karapatan submits cases of political killings under Duterte to UN

In a letter of allegation submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions Ms. Agnes Callamard yesterday, April 10, 2017, Karapatan submitted documentation on forty-seven (47) victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, in line with the continuing counter-insurgency program of the government.

Letter to UNSR EJK

April 10, 2017

Ms. Agnes Callamard

Special Rapporteur

Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

 Palais Wilson, 52 Rue des Pâquis

CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland

 

Dear Ms. Callamard,

Greetings of peace!

On behalf of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, a non-government organization working for the promotion of human rights in the Philippines, I would like to bring to your attention the spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, in line with the counterinsurgency program of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

An Open Letter to President Rodrigo Duterte from Canadians for Just Peace in the Philippines

FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS! 

We, Canadians for just peace in the Philippines, strongly support the Peace Talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDPF). We believe that the Peace Process is key to solving the long-standing armed conflict and we hope fervently for its success. 

Amid support for the GRP-NDFP peace talks, Canadians press for release of all political prisoners in PH

As they expressed their support for the continuation of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, more than 200 Canadian trade unions, churches, ecumenical organizations, solidarity and human rights organizations, academics, journalists and individuals in Canada also called for the release of all political prisoners in the Philippines. 

AFP’s anti-peace chorus betray their disdain for significant reforms for Filipino people

“The military’s refusal to suspend all military operations and pull-out from communities, despite overwhelming clamor of peasants and national minorities, and the poisonous duet of warmongers Delfin Lorenzana and Eduardo Ano to sabotage the continuing peace talks reveal their disdain for free land distribution and genuine agrarian reform,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, after the fourth round of talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in The Netherlands on April 3 to 6, 2017. 

Truth and Consequence: The AFP’s lies and war vs the Filipino people

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has further exposed themselves as lying, desperate fascist dogs. In the military’s malicious attempts to justify its dirty war and rights violations against the people, meanwhile sabotaging efforts for a just and lasting peace, it is resorting to laughable narratives, ridiculous plot twists, and raw dishonesty,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay during a mass action of peasants and Lumad at the Department on National Defense (DND), Quezon City, on April 7, 2017 to call for an end to AFP’s all-out-war and the pull-out of troops in communities.

Economic rights of the urban poor violated as politicians favor private interests - Karapatan

“The mass arrest of 58 individuals, 17 of them minors and 8 are elderly, is a testament to how the urban poor are easily dismissed in favor of private individuals and businesses. We call on the attention of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista for such hypocrisy in his own backyard when he is among the designated panel advisers in the peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor on the arrest of 58 urban poor residents in Apollo, Tandang Sora, QC, on April 3, 2017.

Impunity of State security forces invites more rights abuses

“How are we to make the police accountable for their crimes against the Filipino people if the President himself has seemingly made impunity a State policy? The President shrugs off the death of poor Filipinos in his drug war while at the same time, celebrates these violations and their violators. Military and police generals known for rights abuses are still being promoted,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said on recent pronouncements by the President to grant pardon for cops convicted in the course of the drug war and the promotion, and assignment of Police Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum as acting Davao police director. 

 

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