Karapatan condemns series of arbitrary arrest, illegal detention of civilians; calls it a repeat of mistaken identity caseSubmitted on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:56
Karapatan today held a picket in front of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to press for the immediate release of political prisoner Eduardo Serrano, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to the peace negotiations with the GPH. Serrano’s counsel, led by the Public Interest Law Center (PILC), presented a witness on the kidnapping case against Serrano.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) last night arrested Kim Chatillon-Meunier, a 24-year old Canadian student, as she passed through immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for her 7:10pm flight to Hongkong. She is now detained at the BI detention center at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig.
Karapatan and Desaparecidos hold picket at the DOJ; calls for prosecution of the brains of Jonas' disappearance.Submitted on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 07:30
"Niloloko niyo kami! Pwedeng kasuhan ang kamay ng krimen pero ang utak ay hindi?" remarked Lorena P. Santos, daughter of a desaparecido and secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos) at the picket held today at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Santos referred to the September 3, 2013 resolution by the DOJ to drop military officials, led by Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año, from the list of respondents to the criminal charges of arbitrary detention, murder and obstruction of justice on the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos.
Members of the Samahan ng Ex-detainees laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) together with the surviving victims of human rights violations during martial law and their relatives trooped to Chino Roces (formerly Mendiola) Bridge to express their grievances and assailed the continued inaction of the Aquino administration in implementing the Human Rights Victims Recognition and Reparation Act of 2013 otherwise known as RA 10368.
...calls on Philippine government to rectify handling of peace pact with MNLF
The Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao (INPEACE) today said the ongoing armed standoff in Zamboanga City following the Moro National Liberation Front’s declaration of independence one month ago “should be handled very carefully by the Philippine government.”
Karapatan vehemently denounces the moves of the United States government, through Pres. Barack Obama, to conduct airstrikes and heighten its aggression against Syria. On a humanitarian pretext, after the August 21 chemical attack in suburban Damascus killing more than 1,400 people, including 426 children, the US has positioned six of US and its allies' warships in the Mediterranean coastal lines of Syria. The so-called destroyers are equipped with 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles which are “ready to fire”.
Karapatan today assailed the Department of Justice on its resolution to drop from the list of respondents Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año, Lt. Col. Melquiades Feliciano, Lt. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano and Dir. Gen. Avelino Razon Jr. on the criminal charges of arbitrary detention, murder and obstruction of justice filed by Dr. Edita Burgos on the abduction and disappearance of her son Jonas.
“Local government secretary Mar Roxas should be held accountable for the organized racket of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of National Defense (DND) through the P466million bounty for individuals whom they accuse as communists,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
Victim of mistaken identity Rolly Panesa fights back through a criminal case of torture against abductors, torturersSubmitted on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 11:10
"Hindi pwedeng tanggapin ko lang kung anong nangyari sa akin. Kailangang lumaban ako para makuha ang hustisya para sa akin at para sa ibang nakulong at natorture nang walang kasalanan katulad ko, (I will not just accept what has happened to me. I am fighting back to get justice for me and for others who were tortured and jailed innocent like me)," security guard Rolly Panesa said, as he filed criminal cases at the Department of Justice against several soldiers and police involved in his torture, arbitrary arrest and detention .