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10 political prisoners released in line with the GRP-NDFP peace talks

Ten political prisoners – National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Emeterio Antalan, Ricardo Solangon, Joel Ramada, Apolonio Barado, Jose Navarro, Generoso Rolida, Arnulfo Boates, Manolito Matricio, Josue Ungsod, and Sonny Marbella – were granted conditional presidential pardon, in line with the peace talks  between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, and were released from the New Bilibid Prison on the evening of July 6, 2017.


Karapatan criticizes Duterte’s threats to arrest martial law critics, orders to kill civilians

"Duterte's threats to arrest those who oppose martial law in Mindanao and his orders to the military to kill civilians reek of his authoritarian tendencies and his propensity to commit further violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. While he fully lends his ears to militarist thugs such as Defense Secretary Lorenzana and Gen. Eduardo Ano, he has turned a deaf and callous ear to the cries of the Moro peoples calling for the lifting of martial law and an end to aerial strikes. With US troops and the military as his only sources of information on the ground, how sure is he that everything these fascist institutions report is indeed true, when they are one of the foremost purveyors of fake news?" said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the latest pronouncements of Pres. Duterte last Saturday. 

Duterte’s 1st year: A grim year for human and people’s rights

“It is unfortunate how the promises that became the basis for optimism at the start of Duterte’s term have now been replaced by excuses and lies by the police and military to justify blatant violations of people's rights. The series of policies that Duterte is implementing has substantiated claims that he is veering towards a rightist direction - a path ladened with militarist and repressive policies. If this continues, what kind of change can we expect?" said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the first year of the presidency of Rodrigo Roa Duterte. 

Martial law in Mindanao and intensifying rights abuses mark Duterte’s 1st year

Press Statement - June 29, 2017

Victims of human rights violations and their families, human rights and peace advocates, leaders and members of people’s organizations and communities joined the National People’s Summit yesterday, June 28, 2017, at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City and forwarded their one year assessment* of their proposal for the Duterte administration’s peace and human rights agenda. The assessment of the Peace and Human Rights situation under the Duterte administration was led by Karapatan, Promotion for Church People’s Response, Hustisya, SELDA and Pilgrims for Peace.

Torture continues under Duterte

"The use of torture remains routine for State security forces. Political prisoners, for example, have been subjected to such cruel, inhuman and degrading acts, done by the police or the military for purposes of humiliating them and breaking their spirit. Instruments of the State who have the primary mandate to uphold, protect, and promote human rights are those who readily commit these violations. Moreover,


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