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Resist proud fascists like Duterte - Karapatan

“Duterte has been shedding his last semblance of pretense for peace, with his latest pronouncements supposedly terminating the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. We have a President who proudly admits he is a fascist - an unnecessary pronouncement since his human rights record already revealed much, especially as illegal arrests of activists intensify and as he hints on the comeback of the Philippine National Police as the declared foremost implementer of the war on drugs,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, on the recent statements of Duterte regarding the peacetalks, crackdown of progressive groups and the drug war. 

Rights groups renew call for justice for Ampatuan massacre victims, dismantle all private armies and paramilitary under Duterte

On the 8th year after the Ampatuan massacre, rights groups expressed continuous support to the kin of Ampatuan massacre victims, as they reiterated calls to dismantle all private armies and paramilitary groups under the Duterte regime. 

“We share the plight of the families of the Ampatuan massacre victims for justice, and demand for speedy trial and ultimately, conviction of those involved in one of the worst attacks against journalists and civilians in recent history,” said Evangeline Hernandez, chairperson of Hustisya. 

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Eleven human rights workers arrested, after Duterte’s threat to crack down on progressive groups

“Since Duterte’s threat last Saturday, November 18, to crackdown on progressive organizations, eleven (11) human rights (HR) workers – 9 from Batangas and 2 from Western Mindanao region – have been illegally arrested and detained. Mass arrest of members of an organization is fast becoming a trend in the PNP and AFP’s conduct of illegal arrests; It has become as brazen and as arbitrary. The authorities again claim that those arrested were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a lie relegated as among the oldest trick in the PNP and AFP’s “how to get away with illegal arrest and human rights violations” rulebook. Whatever the State maneuver, there is no denying the systematic attack against HR workers under the Duterte regime,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Eleven human rights workers arrested after Duterte’s threat to crack down on progressive groups

“Since Duterte’s threat last Saturday, November 18, to crackdown on progressive organizations, eleven (11) human rights (HR) workers – 9 from Batangas and 2 from Western Mindanao region – have been illegally arrested and detained. Mass arrest of members of an organization is fast becoming a trend in the PNP and AFP’s conduct of illegal arrests; It has become as brazen and as arbitrary. The authorities again claim that those arrested were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a lie relegated as among the oldest trick in the PNP and AFP’s “how to get away with illegal arrest and human rights violations” rulebook. Whatever the State maneuver, there is no denying the systematic attack against HR workers under the Duterte regime,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Karapatan slams wrongful conviction of volunteer health worker on trumped up charges

“For the government, what has been a more rampant practice of inconveniencing persons and violating people’s rights – perhaps more rampant than the tanim-bala experience of travellers in Philippine airports – is the tanim-baril/bomba modus operandi of the police and military against activists and development workers to justify their illegal arrest and detention,” said Roneo Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, as they received reports of the wrongful conviction of volunteer health worker and political prisoner Miguela Piniero. 

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