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Day 1 of Trump’s visit: Karapatan staff arrested, 20 others injured during protests

"Who do we expect to guard a human rights violator, fascist,  and bigot like US Pres. Donald Trump?  None other than his fellow fascists, personified by our own police force. In true militarist and fascist fashion that their masters –Trump and Phil. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte – would no doubt be proud of, the police arrested Karapatan’s staff who was then driving the van and injured at least 20 protesters, including Anakbayan Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo. With the brazen disregard of Trump and Duterte of human rights, their minions seem to be shedding all pretense as well,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

ASEAN rights body not addressing killings and attacks vs rights defenders in PH

“Since its establishment in 2009, the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has addressed a grand total of zero pressing concerns on human and people’s rights in the Philippines such as the killings and attacks against human rights defenders and indigenous peoples, killings in relation to the drug war, bombings and forcible evacuation of communities, especially with the martial law declaration in Mindanao,” said Cristina Palabay, Secretary General of Philippine-based human rights organization Karapatan, in the sidelines of a parallel gathering of non-governmental organizations to the 2017 Summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Peasant killings continue due to US-directed counter-insurgency program in PH

“Two more killings add to the increasing number of peasant killings in the country. Amid the masquerade happening in Manila due to the 2017 ASEAN Summit and US President Donald Trump’s visit, marginalized communities continue to be targeted by the guns, policies, and agreements put forward by these powerful, militarist, ruthless, and greedy imperialists. This is the real situation on the ground – a truth that will haunt these heads of States despite their ornamented rhetoric of development, progress, and security,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Fascists and hypocrites converge in the ASEAN 2017 summit – Karapatan

“US President Donald Trump is slated to arrive in the Philippines on November 12, 2017, to be welcomed by the Philippine government with tapestries and events amounting to Php 15.5B, when the only welcome befitting of his visit is protest and condemnation. Once again, the world is set to witness an illusion of luxury and affluence, where heads of States dine and talk about plundering more resources from poor countries, pressing down already-low wages, promoting globalization and economic integration at the expense of local economies, and bombing countries for the ushering of ‘democracy’ – all while Filipinos continue to be mired with poverty as a direct result of US neoliberal policies. The stench of hypocrisy is revolting,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on Trump’s visit in the country for the 2017 ASEAN Summit.

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Attacks vs rights defenders intensify, Duterte and his mercenaries responsible - Karapatan

“Contrary to the statement of Malacañang’s mouthpieces, including that of recently appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Duterte is a human rights violator, peddling fascist policies that continue the killing, illegal arrests and harassment directed against human rights workers. Through state policies such as counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan and the war on drugs, he sanctions State security forces with the license to kill, ensuring they have the resources, funds, and protection to go forward with their killing spree. By allowing his counterinsurgency program to continuously wreck havoc among the ranks of rights defenders, Duterte should ultimately be held responsible for these ongoing and intensifying attacks,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the recent spate of violations against human rights defenders in different parts of the country.

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