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Torture during interrogations still prevalent - Karapatan

“Despite the inhumanity of the use of torture, such practices remain prevalent among State security forces who have made illegal arrests and deprivation of rights of persons their expertise. Such militarist practices have been so ingrained in the ineffective framework of exacting forced confessions to impose their version of the story that safeguards and laws against torture remain largely unenforced,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, stating that the recent statement of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on torture is relevant on the cases documented in the Philippines. 

Lower House passes budget for Duterte’s war chest, witch hunt tools against Filipino people

“The House of Representatives’ approval of the proposed 2018 budget shows that it is complicit in the executive branch’s design to strengthen its kill, kill, kill program and build up the Duterte regime’s war chest against the Filipino people. The proposed budget includes PhP313 billion for Duterte’s implementation of counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan and its bloody war on drugs. Both programs are designed to inflict further State terror and violence on the poor, while public funding for social programs on housing, education, and health services have been cut or are practically rendered non-existent,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, as the HoR approved on third and final reading the proposed PhP3.767 trillion national budget for 2018 yesterday, September 26. 
 

Peasant killings and other rights violations intensify in rural areas - Karapatan

“Almost 10 months after the implementation of counterinsurgency programs Oplans Bayanihan and Kapayapaan under the Duterte regime, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its paramilitaries has intensified attacks in rural areas, targeting peasant organizations and indigenous communities. As of August 31, 2017, Karapatan has documented 88 victims of political killings under the Duterte regime, 81 of them are peasants,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

PH Gov’t ‘victory’ in Geneva a farce - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

Today, September 23, 2017, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released a statement alluding to a so-called ‘victory’ by the PH Government after the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted its human rights report card.

“The PH government delegation to Geneva conveniently glosses over the fact that it did not accept any of the 44 recommendations related to extrajudicial killings, none of the 23 recommendations calling for the government to discontinue efforts to revive death penalty, and none of the 13 recommendations aimed at the protecting and creating an enabling environment for human rights defenders and journalists. This are key recommendations that need urgent attention, and yet are furtively brushed off by the Duterte administration,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Military harassment plagues the North - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

 “The military is manifesting its fascist character not only through the filing of trumped-up charges, the bombing of communities and schools, and the killing, arrest, and torture of civilians and leaders of progressive organizations; now it has widened its scope to include the digital space used by activists as a platform for advocacy. The AFP has stayed true to its brand of being the instigator of fake news, complemented by the lies and misinformation by Duterte’s deception mill. It intensifies these attacks by promoting hate-mongering and accusations against organizations to justify violations against them,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the intensifying acts of harassment and intimidation against Luzon-based activists and organizations.  

 

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