May, 2017

Karapatan on PH gov’t rights report to the UN: Outright lies, non-existent efforts to stop rights abuses

“Non-existent efforts to stop rights abuses and outright lies by the Philippine government in its report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council gloss emphasize the reality that human and people’s rights violations continue with impunity,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the PH government report expected to be presented today, May 8, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Karapatan urges UNSR Agnes Callamard to probe extrajudicial killings, in line w/ counter-insurgency program and war vs drugs

UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary Killings or Arbitrary Executions, Ms. Agnes Callamard, recently made an unofficial visit to the country and spoke in a forum about perspectives on drug policies at the University of the Philippines on May 5, 2017.

“We agree with Ms. Callamard that the current policy on the war on drugs is lacking in addressing the socio-economic causes of the illegal drug trade. Policy alternatives should be explored to formulate programs which prioritizes people’s rights, framed within the structural causes of poverty. The ongoing peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is a platform to formulate comprehensive social, economic and political reforms, including those in relation to this problem,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan on PH gov't rights report to the UN: Empty rhetoric despite continuing rights abuses and impunity

 “The Philippines’ State report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council demonstrate the government’s empty rhetoric on human and people’s rights. Impunity still remains, rights abuses continue, no one has been held to account for the violations and justice remains elusive for the victims,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the PH government report expected to be presented on May 8, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kin files complaint vs GRP over killing of Moro leader, 1-year-old girl in Basilan

“I am here for justice. The families of those killed cannot all be here, but we all want the same thing. State security forces should know that they cannot readily commit crimes without punishment. We live in a poor community in Basilan, and just because we are poor should not mean that those with resources can easily deprive us of the justice that we deserve,” said Nurhidaya Hasan, wife of Moro leader Hadji Billamin Hassan, who filed a complaint against the Government of the Philippines (GRP) at the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) with regard to the killing of her husband, as well as two others on March 8, 2017.

 

Secret detention cell in Manila exposes impunity despite laws vs torture, enforced disappearance

"Despite the anti-torture and anti-enforced disappearance laws, illegal arrest, torture and detention continue, as exemplified in the recent discovery of a secret police detention cell in Tondo, with unlisted detainees, in line with the war on drugs. This practice is reminiscent of brutal acts  by military and police during martial law and even after martial law, when regimes perpetuate a system that grossly disregards civil rights," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the discovery of a "secret prison" in a police station in Tondo, Manila.

Confirm the appointment of Mariano, Taguiwalo, and Lopez now

Karapatan expressed support for the confirmation of the appointment of Cabinet secretaries Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael Mariano and Gina Lopez.

"The three have shown exemplary public service by promoting and taking progressive stance regarding people’s rights. Their dedication and hard work proved that they have the capacity, experience and expertise to continue their incumbency in their respective offices,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

 

 

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