Latest News

More cases of illegal arrest, trumped-up charges with martial law extension – Karapatan

“For many lawmakers and justice of the Supreme Court, martial law has become a black or white statement of support for the fascist policies of the Duterte regime. No longer are the situation of the Mindanaoans taken into consideration nor the rights violations happening on the ground. It has become a matter of defining alliances, with the real plight of those affected reduced in the background. It seems that the Duterte government need not follow the conditions set by the Constitution, it only needs to have enough numbers. This looming martial law extension will breed more rights violations, aggravating the already worsening situation in Mindanao,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor.

Launching of "Justice for Sagay Massacre" campaign an expression of assertion for justice -Karapatan

It has been more than a month since the gruesome massacre that claimed the lives of nine farm workers, eight of whom were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW). The perpetrators, suspected members of a paramilitary group, strafed them with bullets as they were resting in their respective tents in a vacant lot in Hacienda Barbara, Sagay, Negros Occidental on the evening of October 20, 2018. These farmers and farm workers, along with other members of the NFSW, were conducting their bungkalan or land cultivation and occupation campaign necessitated by the current state of landlessness and the monopoly of hacienderos in the region.

Karapatan stages political satire against repression, tyranny and impunity

On December 5, 2018, Karapatan staged a short skit involving President Duterte, House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, Ilocos Norte Governor and convicted criminal Imelda Marcos, and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Mendiola. The political satire revolved around the characters’ conversations on repressive measures and advising Imelda Marcos on how she can escape accountability. 
 

Arrest soldiers who perpetrated Lake Sebu massacre, end martial law in Mindanao – Karapatan

Karapatan, today, welcomed the resolution of the Commission on Human Rights in Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) holding two military officers liable and accountable for the killing of seven Lumad leaders of the T’boli Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization led by Datu Victor Danyan Sr. Sitio Datal Bong Langon, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on December 3, 2017.
 

Karapatan slams red-tagging of Satur, Castro and human rights defenders

“The recent tirades and red-tagging of President Duterte and AFP Chief Carlito Galvez against Ka Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro, the Lumad schools’ teachers and students, and several people’s organizations only prove their propensity to promote State terrorism. Instead of welcoming efforts to augment the severely inadequate education needs of indigenous children and to ensure their safety and security, Duterte and Galvez engage in baseless allegations and attacks to hide the government’s inability to provide comprehensive, adequate and appropriate education for the Lumad children,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to recent statements by Duterte and Galvez alleging that the aforementioned are “members” of the Communist Party of the Philippines.