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Killings of priest, peasant leader indicate thriving climate of impunity in PH

“When the Church stands up for the poor, its people become targets,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, referring to the killing of priest Fr. Mark Ventura in Cagayan yesterday, April 29, 2018.

Political prisoners call the revocation of Sr. Pat’s missionary visa as “anti-Filipino”

“She speaks our language by heart,” said political prisoners (PPs) in Taguig City Jail, SICA-1 in a statement. The political detainees expressed their dismay on the Bureau of Immigration’s decision to revoke the missionary visa of Sr. Patricia Fox, citing evidence of her alleged political activities which include her support for the release of political prisoners.

Int’l anti-torture organizations condemn ill-treatment of Moro human rights activist by US authorities

News Release | April 27, 2018

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), released an urgent statement and alert  condemning the “ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, and subsequent deportation of Mr. Jerome Succor Aba, and calls upon the US authorities to guarantee in all circumstances the right to freedom of movement, peaceful assembly, and association of all human rights defenders in the USA.” 

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Massacre in Bicol, killing of a minor in Davao del Sur among the military’s latest atrocities – Karapatan

“Amid several national issues gripping the news, the Duterte regime has continued its atrocities in the countryside, again conveniently sweeping violations in their false grand narrative of ‘they are all NPAs.’ Last week, the military killed a minor and even tagged the victim as an NPA child soldier. Though humiliated by the parent’s outright rebuttal of their lies, this nonetheless reflects the government’s ongoing terrorist acts in peasant and indigenous communities, coupled by their distortion of the truth to cover their crimes,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the death of 15-year-old Jhun Mark Acto in what the military alleged was an encounter in Brgy. Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur on April 21, 2018.

Moro human rights activist Jerome Aba submits letter to DFA Secretary Alan Cayetano

Moro human rights and peace advocate Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba submitted a letter to Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Cayetano to formally demand for an independent, impartial investigation on his torture, arbitrary detention and other rights violations inflicted on him US Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection; hold accountable Philippine Consulate officers in San Francisco US for their neglect of Aba; and to file a diplomatic protest against the US government on what had happened to him.
 
 
(Photo of Aba with his legal counsel Atty. Kathy Panguban of NUPL)