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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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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