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Impunity prevails as butcher-generals appointed in key gov’t positions - Karapatan

“The most recent appointments of butcher-generals in the Duterte Cabinet furthers the militarization of the civilian bureaucracy and, in addition to pro-US officials and warmongers Delfin Lorenzana and Hermogenes Esperon, will inevitably result to more militarist and fascist policies that disregard the rights and welfare of peasant and indigenous communities,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said, on the recent appointments of Armed Forces of the Philippines chiefs of staff Roy Cimatu and Eduardo Año, as new heads of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

 

 

Karapatan calls out Bello, GRP peace panel's indifference to Lapanday farmers' longstanding problems

The Lorenzo clan, among the wealthiest landlords in the country who controls around 15,000 acres of land across the Philippines, is refusing to distribute 145 hectares of land in Madaum Village, Tagum City. The said land has been awarded by the government to farm workers in 2015, its distribution to farmer-beneficiaries backed by orders from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

“The Lorenzos, along with State actors colluding to deny land distribution to farmer-beneficiaries, are rights violators. They have not only denied the farmers what is due them, but have killed and endangered the lives of the farmers," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

 

 

Karapatan on PH gov’t rights report to the UN: Outright lies, non-existent efforts to stop rights abuses

“Non-existent efforts to stop rights abuses and outright lies by the Philippine government in its report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council gloss emphasize the reality that human and people’s rights violations continue with impunity,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the PH government report expected to be presented today, May 8, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Karapatan urges UNSR Agnes Callamard to probe extrajudicial killings, in line w/ counter-insurgency program and war vs drugs

UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary Killings or Arbitrary Executions, Ms. Agnes Callamard, recently made an unofficial visit to the country and spoke in a forum about perspectives on drug policies at the University of the Philippines on May 5, 2017.

“We agree with Ms. Callamard that the current policy on the war on drugs is lacking in addressing the socio-economic causes of the illegal drug trade. Policy alternatives should be explored to formulate programs which prioritizes people’s rights, framed within the structural causes of poverty. The ongoing peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is a platform to formulate comprehensive social, economic and political reforms, including those in relation to this problem,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan on PH gov't rights report to the UN: Empty rhetoric despite continuing rights abuses and impunity

 “The Philippines’ State report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council demonstrate the government’s empty rhetoric on human and people’s rights. Impunity still remains, rights abuses continue, no one has been held to account for the violations and justice remains elusive for the victims,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the PH government report expected to be presented on May 8, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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