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Karapatan challenges Cayetano to file diplomatic protest vs US gov’t on torture of Moro rights activist

“Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano harps on national sovereignty whenever international actors criticize the Philippine government on its human rights record. If Cayetano meant an ounce of truth in his pronouncements that the country should fully exercise its rights as a sovereign nation, he should uphold the rights of a Filipino citizen who suffered Guantanamo-style torture, among other violations, under the US government. We challenge him to file a diplomatic protest against the Trump administration for the cruel and inhuman acts of the US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection against Filipino Moro human rights activist Jerome Succor Aba,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

After EU Parliament resolution on PH: Malacañang fails to hide facts and truths on rights situation in the country

Karapatan today chided Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque for their “miserable failure to hide the atrocities of the Duterte regime before the international community by invoking national sovereignty when it is besieged with solid and incontrovertible facts and truth on the human rights situation in the Philippines.” 

Trump and Duterte, hands off rights defenders! - Karapatan

Speaking at a press conference on April 21, 2018, Moro rights activist Jerome Succor Aba who was detained fro 28 hours and subjected to torture by the US Homeland Security, along with Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox who was also detained for nearly 24 hours by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), shared their experiences with regard to repressive immigration laws that are being used to crackdown on rights defenders. Lumad activist Kerlan Fanagel, also part of the panel, also recounted how he was barred by the BI from travelling to India in February 2018.

 

 

Rights groups, victims and kin file at least 200 complaints on HR violations vs Duterte regime

On April 20, 2018, various organizations, victims and their relatives assisted by Karapatan filed at least 200 complaints on human rights violations under the Duterte government at the office of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) at Quezon City. 

Karapatan decries illegal detention of Moro rights activist in the US

Karapatan strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of Jerome Succor Aba, a Moro human rights and peace advocate from Mindanao. Aba has been denied entry to the US and is being held at the San Francisco International Airport for almost 24 hours, since yesterday, April 18, 2018, by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Authorities have not released any basis for the denial of entry. The 25-year-old Moro rights defender was invited for a speaking tour in the US by several church institutions, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Sisters of Mercy, and the General Board of Global Ministries.
 
 
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