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Secret detention cell in Manila exposes impunity despite laws vs torture, enforced disappearance

"Despite the anti-torture and anti-enforced disappearance laws, illegal arrest, torture and detention continue, as exemplified in the recent discovery of a secret police detention cell in Tondo, with unlisted detainees, in line with the war on drugs. This practice is reminiscent of brutal acts  by military and police during martial law and even after martial law, when regimes perpetuate a system that grossly disregards civil rights," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the discovery of a "secret prison" in a police station in Tondo, Manila.

Confirm the appointment of Mariano, Taguiwalo, and Lopez now

Karapatan expressed support for the confirmation of the appointment of Cabinet secretaries Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael Mariano and Gina Lopez.

"The three have shown exemplary public service by promoting and taking progressive stance regarding people’s rights. Their dedication and hard work proved that they have the capacity, experience and expertise to continue their incumbency in their respective offices,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.


Stop the Killings! Relatives and families of both political and drug-related killings avow

“Extrajudicial killings, whether done in the  name of the war against so-called enemies of the State or of the war on drugs, should stop. We reiterate our call to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to truly undertake long-term and comprehensive socio-economic and political reforms that address the roots of social unrest, as well as the prevalence of the illegal drug trade, instead of employing militarist solutions," said Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general in an event held at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, on April 29, 2017.


Three years after EDCA signing: Duterte should scrap EDCA, walk the talk on PH sovereignty

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - "We call on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to walk the talk and decisively terminate one-sided military agreements with the United States government, such as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). If this administration is serious in asserting Philippine sovereignty against the US, it should start by doing away with treaties and deals that trample on the nation’s sovereignty. We also challenge Duterte to veer away from neoliberal policies being pushed by the US – policies that have caused widespread and systematic poverty in the country, allowing big corporations to gain profits at the expense of the people’s welfare,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in a rally led by the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) outside the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California, US, to protest the implementation of EDCA for the past three years. 

Ten years after the disappearance of Jonas Burgos, perpetrators remain scot-free

“It has been ten (10) years and Jonas Burgos is still missing. Though cases have been filed, perpetrators have remained unpunished. From the Arroyo regime to the current administration, the disappearance of Jonas remains a continuing proof of the climate of impunity in our country. It will continue to be a stark reminder on the prevalent injustice and lack of accountability of State security forces responsible for rights abuses, and government negligence,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor during a protest held outside the Department of National Defense (DND) on April 28, 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of Jonas Burgos’ disappearance.




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