“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)
“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 Dignitysubmitted on Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:45
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
“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 residents evacuated to the Dagohoy High School, 2 kilometers away from their community)
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.
April 10, 2017
Ms. Agnes Callamard
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.
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 PHSubmitted on Sat, 04/08/2017 - 12:34
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.