September, 2017

PH Gov’t ‘victory’ in Geneva a farce - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

Today, September 23, 2017, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released a statement alluding to a so-called ‘victory’ by the PH Government after the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted its human rights report card.

“The PH government delegation to Geneva conveniently glosses over the fact that it did not accept any of the 44 recommendations related to extrajudicial killings, none of the 23 recommendations calling for the government to discontinue efforts to revive death penalty, and none of the 13 recommendations aimed at the protecting and creating an enabling environment for human rights defenders and journalists. This are key recommendations that need urgent attention, and yet are furtively brushed off by the Duterte administration,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Military harassment plagues the North - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

 “The military is manifesting its fascist character not only through the filing of trumped-up charges, the bombing of communities and schools, and the killing, arrest, and torture of civilians and leaders of progressive organizations; now it has widened its scope to include the digital space used by activists as a platform for advocacy. The AFP has stayed true to its brand of being the instigator of fake news, complemented by the lies and misinformation by Duterte’s deception mill. It intensifies these attacks by promoting hate-mongering and accusations against organizations to justify violations against them,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the intensifying acts of harassment and intimidation against Luzon-based activists and organizations.  

Karapatan calls on UN rights council for independent investigation on on attacks vs rights defenders, EJKs

Press Statement | September 22, 2017

At the UN Review on PH rights compliance in Geneva, Karapatan calls on UN rights council for independent investigation on attacks vs rights defenders, EJKs

At the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, Karapatan, speaking on behalf of international human rights organizations Civicus and International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), called on the member States of the UN HRC to support the call for “a halt to all forms of attacks on human rights defenders in the Philippines, the enactment of a law for their protection, and the acceptance of a full, independent visit to the Philippines by UN Special Rapporteurs, including on the situation of HRDs.”

PH is moving from de facto martial law to open fascist rule - Karapatan

Today, September 21, 2017, on the Filipino People’s Day of Protest, Karapatan joins the newly-formed alliance Movement Against Tyranny and thousands of protesters to amplify calls to stop the killings in line with Duterte’s counterinsurgency program and the drug war campaign, among other forms of human rights violations. The protest also marks the 45th year since Marcos placed the country under martial law back in 1972.

 

September 21 is Filipino People's Day of Protest vs killings, Duterte's deception, lies, threats

Press Release | September 20, 2017

"Tomorrow, activists, students, concerned citizens, and several other progressive organizations and individuals will march to Luneta and to different protest centers in within and outside the Philippines for the Filipino People's Day of Protest to condemn the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Along with calls to stop extrajudicial killings, demands to end harassment and intimidation attempts against members and leaders of progressive organizations and dissenters will also be amplified. As September 21 reminds us of the atrocities committed during the Marcos martial law era, we stand in vigilance against Duterte's national declaration of martial rule," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Philippine UPR Watch calls for int’l support to Filipino people’s campaign against tyrannical rule of Duterte administration

Press Release | 19 September 2017

The Philippine UPR Watch calls on the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to express their support for the Filipino peoples' campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's tyrannical rule.

In barely four months, after the UPR of the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council last May 2017, human and people's rights violations have spiralled, with the drug war, counter-insurgency program and martial law in Mindanao, the group said. On September 22, 2017, the recommendations made to the Philippine government on its 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review will be adopted this coming 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 September 2017 . "The Duterte regime has been totally disregarding these recommendations urging the State to protect and uphold international human rights obligations," said Ephraim Cortez, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers(NUPL) and  co-head of the Philippine UPR Watch delegation.   

Imprisoned and threatened indigenous people's leaders, church workers, and teachers are proof of Duterte's tyrannical rule

Press Release | September 19, 2017

"When a country’s church people and teachers are being imprisoned for working alongside marginalized communities, it becomes indicative of widespread repression and the State’s intolerance for genuine opposition. Such a situation exposes how far we are from a democracy, worsened by awards and status accorded to murderers, plunderers and rights violators," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay during a rally in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 13, 2017 to call for the release of indigenous people, church workers, and teachers imprisoned by the Duterte administration.

Karapatan holds day of solidarity with indigenous children at the Lakbayan 2017 Kampuhan

Press Release | September 17, 2017

Karapatan, in cooperation with Sandugo, Hustisya and Temperamental Brats, held a storytelling session, crafts-making workshop, and cultural program for indigenous children at the 2017 Kampuhan ng Pambansang Minorya, UP Equine Stud Farm, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Quezon City on September 17, 2017. The activity was also supported by artists, young educators, human rights activists, and civil libertarians. 

ON THE POSSIBLE DECLARATION OF NATIONWIDE MARTIAL LAW NEXT WEEK

Press Statement | September 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law next week is an expression of the Duterte regime’s fear of its own demons. It is increasingly becoming desperate in quelling the legitimate and peaceful protest of the Filipino people against the fascist and anti-people policies of the regime. It is fearful of the people’s growing resistance against its tyrannical rule. 

Duterte funding Lumad, peasant murderers, sanctions budget to kill – Karapatan

Press Statement | September 14, 2017

"There is no money for social services, for mechanisms for redress, for socioeconomic programs for the welfare of the majority under Duterte’s leadership. The budget is instead allocated to murderers and fascists who are enabled and protected by no less than the President. State security forces – from the police, the military, and its paramilitary forces – are not only accorded the license but also the resources to kill," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Women human rights defenders in Asia and the Pacific say: STOP THE KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES NOW!

News Release | September 10, 2017
 
More than a hundred women from different countries in Asia and the Pacific joined the #BlackFriday protest against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines held last September 8, 2017, in Chiangmai, Thailand, in the sidelines of the 3rd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).

“We, participants from the Philippines at the third Asia-Pacific Feminist Forum, joined by our sisters in the Asia-Pacific region, condemn in the strongest sense, the unabated killings in the Philippines in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs and Oplan Kapayapaan,” they said in a statement.
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Duter-Tyranny in the House

Press Statement | September 13, 2017

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s sycophants at the House of Representatives are having a field day in their fascist and anti-people schemes in the past days.

The Lower House’s move to allocate a meager PhP1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights is an attempt to clip the functions of a constitutional body mandated to check on the human rights violations of State actors. While Karapatan has consistently criticized the CHR for its partiality to and complicity with State security forces on the numerous cases of extrajudicial killings, harassment and forced evacuation of communities of indigenous peoples, peasants and activists and its turning a blind eye on the plight of political prisoners, especially during the terms of officials appointed by former Pres. Benigno Aquino III, we view the recent attempts of the Duterte administration to de facto abolish the CHR as a dangerous step that undermines available mechanisms for redress for human rights violations in this so-called democratic form of government.

Duterte’s shameless political rehabilitation of Marcoses, threats on nationwide martial law are the ways of a tyrant - Karapatan

News Release | September 11, 2017

“President Duterte’s continuing glorification of dictator Marcos and his threats of declaring martial law nationwide, ala-Marcos, are all ways of a tyrannical regime, amid the relentless extrajudicial killings in line with the war on drugs, counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan and Mindanao martial rule,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as the human rights alliance joined the September 11, 2017 protest action led by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang(CARMMA) and the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto(SELDA) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

Ailing, elderly political prisoner died while under hospital arrest

Press Statement | September 13, 2017
 
Marcos Aggalao, a 74-year-old political prisoner in Cordillera, died on the evening of September 12, 2017, while on hospital arrest. Aggalao was arrested on September 10, 2016 by combined elements of the police and the military in Gawaan, Balbalan, Kalinga. He was already suffering from pneumonia, dementia and hypertension during the time of his arrest. The 74-year-old suffered a stroke while in detention on July 2017 which paralyzed half of his body. Through the efforts of his lawyers, family, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Negotiating Panel, he was placed under hospital arrest.
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The government is killing Filipino youths - Karapatan

Press Release | September 7, 2017

"Due process is a mere abstract concept in the Philippines, grandstanded by crying cops, fabricated police reports and blatant lies. The human rights situation in the country has been on the decline, with the inception of the drug war campaign and the continuation of Duterte's counterinsurgency program. This rotting, brutish and fascist leadership is taking a toll on the Filipino youth as they, both in urban and rural areas, are being murdered by State instruments," said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor during a protest action at the Department of National Defense (DND) on August 7, 2017.

Karapatan slams Duterte admin over Mariano rejection

Press Release | September 6, 2017

Karapatan slammed the Duterte administration over Rafael Mariano’s rejection as secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

"Today, the Duterte administration, through the Commission on Appointments, has reaffirmed its allegiances - that it is on the side of big landlords, oligarchs and warmongers in the country, with the rejection of Sec. Mariano's appointment as Agrarian Reform Secretary. Clearly, this move is to stop all efforts to further genuine agrarian reform, a cause and program advocated by Mariano and the peasant movement. This is also prodded by warmongers among the military, who act as mercenaries of the landed elite and oligarchs,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said.

Three human rights defenders killed in Negros, Davao City

"Indeed, human rights defenders already have one foot in the grave, and the prevailing conditions and policies set by the Duterte administration is making it more dangerous for activists to continue their work. In a span of three days, Karapatan received reports of incidents of extrajudicial killings involving three peasant advocates and local leaders. State fascism is directly and unapologetically trampling on the lives of those who have dedicated their lives in service of the marginalized," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

 

 

Another killing further exposes PNP as expert fabricators and fake news peddlers

"This fascist drug war campaign is not only exposing the police force as among the greatest organized criminal syndicate in this country, but also as expert fabricators and fake news peddlers. Police reports and the planting of evidence have become an exercise of imagination for policemen trying to justify how they murdered fellow Filipinos," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

On August 18, 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz was found dead in Caloocan City, ten days after he went missing from his home in Cainta, Rizal. Caloocan police alleged that Arnaiz hailed a cab in Navotas and tried to rob its driver as they reached Caloocan. The said driver chanced upon police personnel and sought help. The police allegedly fired shots against Arnaiz when he open fired against the policemen. The police report also claimed that packs of marijuana and shabu were recovered from the teenager’s possession.

Duterte’s “very good” ratings on human rights protection questioned

Two years ago today, on September 1, 2015, the Magahat paramilitary group under the 36th Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army (IBPA),massacred Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Aurelio Sinzo, andEmerito Samarca, the executive director of Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. The incident triggered theforcible evacuation of communities in Lianga. They were only able to return to their community a year later, on September 2016, only to evacuate again this July 2017 because of ongoing militarization and threats of aerial bombings.

Return ALL ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, hold them accountable - Karapatan

“The Marcoses have become legends among thieves and they usedpublic funds for their political and personal gains. All their ill-gotten wealth should be returned to the people. We should be vigilant against any compromise agreement of the Duterte administration with the Marcoses that enables their getting a free pass for all their crimes and their continuing political rehabilitation. This will only perpetuate the injustices they committed against the Filipino people,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor, on statements of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre that the Marcoses will return some of their ill-gotten wealth and that a compromise agreement is being arranged.

 

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