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Massacre in Bicol, killing of a minor in Davao del Sur among the military’s latest atrocities – Karapatan

“Amid several national issues gripping the news, the Duterte regime has continued its atrocities in the countryside, again conveniently sweeping violations in their false grand narrative of ‘they are all NPAs.’ Last week, the military killed a minor and even tagged the victim as an NPA child soldier. Though humiliated by the parent’s outright rebuttal of their lies, this nonetheless reflects the government’s ongoing terrorist acts in peasant and indigenous communities, coupled by their distortion of the truth to cover their crimes,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the death of 15-year-old Jhun Mark Acto in what the military alleged was an encounter in Brgy. Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur on April 21, 2018.

Moro human rights activist Jerome Aba submits letter to DFA Secretary Alan Cayetano

Moro human rights and peace advocate Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba submitted a letter to Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Cayetano to formally demand for an independent, impartial investigation on his torture, arbitrary detention and other rights violations inflicted on him US Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection; hold accountable Philippine Consulate officers in San Francisco US for their neglect of Aba; and to file a diplomatic protest against the US government on what had happened to him.
 
 
(Photo of Aba with his legal counsel Atty. Kathy Panguban of NUPL) 
 

Karapatan challenges Cayetano to file diplomatic protest vs US gov’t on torture of Moro rights activist

“Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano harps on national sovereignty whenever international actors criticize the Philippine government on its human rights record. If Cayetano meant an ounce of truth in his pronouncements that the country should fully exercise its rights as a sovereign nation, he should uphold the rights of a Filipino citizen who suffered Guantanamo-style torture, among other violations, under the US government. We challenge him to file a diplomatic protest against the Trump administration for the cruel and inhuman acts of the US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection against Filipino Moro human rights activist Jerome Succor Aba,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

After EU Parliament resolution on PH: Malacañang fails to hide facts and truths on rights situation in the country

Karapatan today chided Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque for their “miserable failure to hide the atrocities of the Duterte regime before the international community by invoking national sovereignty when it is besieged with solid and incontrovertible facts and truth on the human rights situation in the Philippines.” 

Trump and Duterte, hands off rights defenders! - Karapatan

Speaking at a press conference on April 21, 2018, Moro rights activist Jerome Succor Aba who was detained fro 28 hours and subjected to torture by the US Homeland Security, along with Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox who was also detained for nearly 24 hours by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), shared their experiences with regard to repressive immigration laws that are being used to crackdown on rights defenders. Lumad activist Kerlan Fanagel, also part of the panel, also recounted how he was barred by the BI from travelling to India in February 2018.

 

 

Rights groups, victims and kin file at least 200 complaints on HR violations vs Duterte regime

On April 20, 2018, various organizations, victims and their relatives assisted by Karapatan filed at least 200 complaints on human rights violations under the Duterte government at the office of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) at Quezon City. 

Karapatan decries illegal detention of Moro rights activist in the US

Karapatan strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of Jerome Succor Aba, a Moro human rights and peace advocate from Mindanao. Aba has been denied entry to the US and is being held at the San Francisco International Airport for almost 24 hours, since yesterday, April 18, 2018, by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Authorities have not released any basis for the denial of entry. The 25-year-old Moro rights defender was invited for a speaking tour in the US by several church institutions, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Sisters of Mercy, and the General Board of Global Ministries.
 
 
(Photo from Bulatlat.com)

Duterte’s tirades vs Australian nun are signs of a macho-fascist’s bruised ego - Karapatan

Hours after the Presidential Spokesperson said that apologies are in order with regard to the wrongful arrest of Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox who has been doing missionary work in the Philippines for 27 years, Duterte has once again started his tirade.
 
 
(Photo from Bulatlat.com)
 

Duterte regime on a red-tagging rampage in Negros – Karapatan

“The criminalization of activists and rights defenders is apparently the standing mandate of all agencies of government, regardless of whoever is appointed – from the Justice Department, the military, the police, and down to the local government. This practice of lumping together the names and pictures of progressives and labeling them as “terrorists” to justify violations against said individuals is becoming more commonplace under the Duterte regime. Truly, there is a repression spectrum with which this regime is employing without any hesitation,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.  
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Karapatan-Negros) 

Karapatan slams illegal arrest and detention of Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox

Karapatan decries the illegal arrest and detention of Sr. Patricia “Pat” Fox, NDS, a missionary of the international Roman Catholic congregation of women Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, from the Congregacion de Notre Dame de Sion (Congregation of Our Lady of Sion). 

Sr. Pat, 71, is an Australian citizen who holds a missionary visa in the Philippines since the 1990’s and is conducting community service as part of her missionary work in the country. An advocate of genuine agrarian reform and human rights, Sr. Pat has joined activities of the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and Pagkakaisa para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (PATRIA), including recent international fact finding and solidarity missions in Mindanao that probed the impact of the Duterte regime’s martial law and counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan on poor peasants in the island. Sr. Pat is also a consistent and untiring advocate of the rights of agricultural workers, including the farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita, that of indigenous peoples, including the Lumad, and the urban poor. 

Pat Fox

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