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Justice for Rebelyn Pitao! Justice for all victims of human rights violations!

KARAPATAN human rights workers all over the country join the Pitao family and the Filipino people in mourning the brutal death of Rebelyn Pitao.

Words are not enough to express our sympathies for Rebelyn’s family and our outrage over the violence that state security forces have inflicted upon her.

Justice for Rebelyn Pitao

Karapatan strongly condemns the abhorrent and despicable abduction and summary execution of Rebelyn M. Pitao, the 20 year-old daughter of Leoncio Pitao a.k.a. New People's Army (NPA) Commander Parago.

“She being the daughter of a member of an armed party to the conflict does not warrant the atrocity done to her. The manner and pattern of Rebelyn’s killing bore the standard signs of the extrajudicial killings committed by the military. Only those state security forces could commit such treacherous crime,” Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said. “This is a cowardly act; the perpetrators could not get her father in the mountains, so they abducted the daughter instead.”

At around 6:30 in the evening of March 4, 2009, Rebelyn was abducted in Davao City.  The following day, March 5, her body was found thrown in a river in Carmen, Davao del Norte.  Based on the initial findings of the autopsy conducted by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Dr.Tomas Dimaandal, Jr., Rebelyn’s eyes were badly bruised and bleeding that may be due to a blow from a hard object. She had a 3-centimeter ligature mark in the neck. She sustained 5 stab wounds (possible weapon ice pick):  2 above the left breast, one of which hit the lungs; two wounds under the left breast, one of which pierced through the liver and another one in the diaphragm which also hit the liver.

Karapatan reports on state of Philippine human rights, emphasizes Arroyo accountability

In the observance of 60th Year of the UDHR

Karapatan reports on state of Philippine human rights, emphasizes Arroyo accountability


The biggest human rights network in the Philippines today released its annual report on the human rights situation under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Karapatan presented to the public its 2008 Human Rights Report in a media briefing at Max's Quezon Avenue in Quezon City on the commemoration of the 10th Year of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the eve of the observance of the 60th Year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The report principally features cases of violation of human rights, as recorded by the Alliance, from January to October 2008. It also includes a review of escalating attacks against human rights defenders since 2001 and the current experience with the Supreme Court-issued remedy of the writ of amparo.

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day commemoration. Karapatan kicks-off campaign on human rights defenders

Philippine human rights umbrella Karapatan kicked off the campaign on human rights defenders with a Benefit Dinner held at the Quezon City Sports Club during the commemoration of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on November 29, 2008.

UN ruling on human rights violations on the Eden-Eddie slay case out, could boost impeachment vs. Arroyo

Photo 1 at the press conference (L-R) Eden Marcellana's 12-year-old daughter Dana, Eden's sister Helen Mercado, Karapatan Sec Gen Marie Hilao-Enriquez and legal counsel Edre Olalia who is also President of the International Association of People's Lawyers.The verdict is out.  More than two years after the families of slain human rights defenders Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy filed a complaint against the Arroyo government, a United Nations body ruled that the latter is guilty of violating primarily the right to life of said human rights defenders and was negligent in providing remedy.

The UN Human Rights Committee, the UN treaty body monitoring the States parties' compliance to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), states that it "is of the view that the facts as found by the Committee reveal violations by the Philippines of article 2, paragraph 3 (the right of violated persons to effective remedies and the State ensuring that such remedies are provided and enforced); article 6, paragraph 1 (the right to life of every person); and article 9, paragraph 1 (the right to liberty and security of persons) of the Covenant."