July, 2018

Karapatan condemns recent violent dispersal, arrest of NutriAsia workers, supporters and journalists

"We are enraged by the violent dispersal of workers who have already been victimized by the company’s unfair labor practices. We likewise condemn NutriAsia, its security personnel and the Philippine National Police in Bulacan for this brutality. The NutriAsia management even had the audacity to claim in a statement that a gunshot was fired from the ranks of the workers when evidence and testimonies attest that a mass was ongoing prior to the dispersal. NutriAsia has the audacity to call for compliance to the rule of law when it has primarily violated the rights of workers, ignored labor laws and general labor standards," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the violent dispersal on the afternoon of July 30, 2018, and NutriAsia’s statement thereafter.

State forces tighten noose on human rights workers and indigenous communities

On July 28, 2018, a 23-member fact finding mission composed of human rights workers from Karapatan Southern Tagalog were on their way to Atimonan, Quezon aboard a jeepney when they were fired at by men on-board a motorcycle. The mission team members were set to investigate reports of rights violations due to militarization in Atimonan, including the alleged death of 2 residents from Montes Callagan, Atimonan. The perpetrators attacked the mission team’s vehicle while they were still in Brgy. Bilukaw, Pitugo, Quezon, around 30 kilometers from the team’s destination. Bullets hit the vehicle’s wheels but none from the team were hurt.

Warrant of Arrest for 4 Makabayan reps signals unabated, intensifying repression

“This is a trademark of repression,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the release of a warrant of arrest for former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño, former Gabriela partylist representative and National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, and former Anakpawis representative and former DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano.

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(Photo: Lawyers, allies, members of the Makabayan bloc, and members of progressive organizations held a press conference on the political persecution of Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casino, and Rafael Mariano on July 27, 2018.)

Karapatan: Corrupt, shameless Arroyo belongs in jail, not as house speaker

“Lest we forget that the murderous Arroyo regime is responsible for 1,206 extrajudicial killings during her 9-year term, 204 enforced disappearances and thousands of illegal arrests, appointing her as the new House Speaker will pave the way for more repressive legislation that will further justify rights violations. It will be a gross injustice to all victims of rights abuses under her term -  a testament to the prevailing climate of impunity so fervently preserved by President Duterte,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor. 
 
 

Karapatan: Duterte’s statement on human rights during 3rd SONA reveals his ignorance

Karapatan chided Duterte in his speech referring to human rights issues during his 3rd State of the Nation as “mere rhetoric, meant to appease public outrage over rights violations.” 

“Duterte’s take on human rights vis-à-vis human lives just emphasized how oblivious he is on the subject. This is expected from someone infamous for rights violations and for enabling more butchers in the police and military. It baffles us how someone who backed and directed the killing of thousands of Filipinos can muster the audacity to claim that he’s fighting for human lives. He’s utterly shameless,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

Political prisoners to Duterte: Those in power are the real criminals, terrorists

On Duterte’s 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA), political prisoners (PPs) from various jails across the country joined their voices to call for justice and demand accountability for the crimes and rights violations perpetrated by the Duterte regime.

As of June 2018, Karapatan documented 509 political prisoners in the country. Of this number, 179 were arrested under Duterte, 118 are sickly, 46 are women, 39 are elderly, 5 are minors, and 6 are consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Most of the political detainees come from peasant and indigenous communities who were charged with trumped-up criminal charges.  

On Duterte’s 3rd State of the Nation Address: Stop the attacks against the Filipino people!

“In line with its counterinsurgency program, the Duterte regime kills 2 per week and arrests 20 individuals in the same period – many of the victims are farmers and indigenous peoples. No doubt this figure will be whitewashed to give way to the administration’s conjured version of an imagined state of the nation. The reality of the country under Duterte is tainted with the blood and sufferings of the poor, denied of their rights and continuously being burdened by the government’s repressive and anti-people policies,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

International groups express grave concern on PH rights situation

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development  (APWLD) expressed concern over the worsening cases of rights violation in the Philippines, citing the recent illegal arrest and detention of 13 human rights defenders in General Santos City, Mindanao last July 4, 2018. While 11 were released on July 6, 2018, two remain detained, facing trumped criminal charges.

On the BI's deportation order for Sr. Fox

“The Bureau of Immigration order being used to justify the persecution of Sr. Patricia Fox is both vague and arbitrary, certainly a dangerous tool for foul-mouthed and tyrannical leaders who fear international solidarity. Sr. Fox deserves to stay in the country, surely more than the parasites in government who have willingly plundered and violated the rights of the majority; and definitely more than pretentious nationalists who might as well give up our territories to US and China. She has sufficiently answered all allegations, remained true to her mission, and expressed her solidarity to the Filipino people,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Lumad in Surigao del Sur evacuate yet again, military withholding relief

“This is the Duterte regime’s version of peace – terrorizing communities and strengthening military rule over civilians. This trend has progressively worsened under Duterte, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines turning indigenous and peasant communities into their playground for rights abuses. Their unwanted presence in rural areas has once again caused the evacuation of more than a thousand individuals,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

 

 

(Photo courtesy of SOS Caraga)

Duterte’s “New Rules” Criminalize Missionary Work

Duterte’s “New Rules” Criminalize Missionary Work

By David Chan

On February 22, 2018, three United Methodist missionaries, Adam Thomas Shaw, Tawanda Chandiwana, and Miracle Osman, participated in an International Fact Finding and Solidarity Mission (IFFSM) to look into the human rights violations in Mindanao. Since their participation in the IFFSM, their targeted persecution has ensued. The Philippine government had been attempting to forfeit the missionary visas of the three, along with Australian nun, Sr. Patricia Anne Fox, because of their participation in activities that the government deems outside the scope of what it considers “missionary work.” 
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Karapatan demands immediate release of 13 rights defenders, dev’t workers arrested in General Santos City

Karapatan decried the arrest of thirteen human rights defenders and church development workers on the evening of July 4, 2018 in General Santos City, during a program consultation of volunteers and partners of the Iglesia Filipino Independiente- Visayas Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD) on peasant and Lumad issues at the Mother Francisca Spirituality Center in Radasa St., Brgy. Lagao.

On the reported police strip search demo on a female drug suspect in Makati

Karapatan deplores the dehumanizing strip search of a female drug suspect in a police station in Makati City as an act of cruel and degrading treatment of a person arrested and/or detained. Police personnel who were involved in the said act should be meted out with punishment under the Anti-Torture Law, while their superiors should be investigated as well to look into their accountability, considering the principle of command responsibility under the said law.    

Duterte regime’s road to “peace” is all-out war and terror vs the people

In the past days, officials of the Duterte administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines took turns in justifying the regime’s full-scale war against the Filipino people and suppression of political dissent, as if the current human rights situation isn’t precarious as it is with the all-out assault on civil liberties and people’s rights. 

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Human and people’s rights catastrophe in PH on Duterte’s 2nd year

Change made a turn for the worse in the two years of the Duterte presidency.

Under Duterte’s rule remains a large army of unemployed and contractual workers paid with a pittance of wages, a people burdened with additional taxes and higher prices of goods and services, millions of peasants displaced by foreign and domestic big businesses and landlords, indigenous people who lost their land from mining companies, and urban and rural poor communities dislocated by his Build, Build, Build programs.