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Karapatan welcomes dismissal of trumped-up charges vs Makabayan4, calls for abolition of IACLA

On August 8, 2018, Judge Tese Wenceslao of the Palayan Regional Trial Court Branch 40 quashed the warrant of arrest against former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, former Gabriela representative and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza, and former Anakpawis representative and former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano. Trumped-up murder charges against the #Makabayan4 were likewise dismissed. 

Stop terror-tagging of activists, political dissenters - Karapatan

Karapatan welcomed the order of Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar to drop the names of former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and lawyer Jose Molintas in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in February 2018. The rights group further called for the withdrawal of the entire proscription petition.

Hands Off Gill Boehringer! Hands off human rights defenders! - Karapatan

“We stress that Prof. Gill Boehringer should be allowed entry in the Philippines. He is suffering from serious ailments that need medical attention. He needs to be transferred to a medical facility with adequate equipment. The detention and blacklisting of an 84-year-old man with a medical condition show the cruelty of this regime, adamant to harass and intimidate rights defenders who have worked for years in defending and promoting human rights in the country,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, adding that Boehringer has been under custody of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 since midnight of August 8, 2018. As of this writing, Prof. Boehringer is still at NAIA 1. 

Rise Up volunteer killed in Cebu, harassment vs activists continue

On August 8, 2018, human rights defender and Rise Up-Cebu volunteer Butch Rosales, 42, was shot in broad daylight while inside a jeepney. Rosales was on his way to Mandaue from Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City. He boarded a multicab jeepney and sat at the front passenger seat while the assailant sat at the back. The gunman shot Rosales at the head several times and took off on a waiting getaway motorcycle driven by another man; the perpetrators did not wear masks.

Solidarity statement for the students of Bangladesh and Shahidul Alam

Karapatan stands in solidarity with the students and human rights defenders in Dhaka, Bangladesh who protested against corruption in their country, and took a stand amid the deaths of two young children due to poor oversight of vehicles and road conditions.