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Karapatan hits Duterte’s looming crackdown of progressive groups, trumped up charges vs activists

“In the mind of fascists like Duterte, any and all forms of just and legitimate opposition to his anti-people policies are all spun like the wildest conspiracy theories. His threat to crack down on Bayan and other progressive groups, with the twisted logic that they are an anathema to development and are conspiring with the Communist Party of the Philippines, is a tired and unoriginal repetition of the same plot weaved by known fascists like Marcos. Using the same pretext and adapting tricks from the same playbook of fascists, such moves will possibly be appropriated to justify nationwide martial law and intensified repression against the Filipino people,” stated Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay in reaction to Duterte’s statement last Saturday, November 18. 

Commemorating Luisita massacre: No justice for peasants aspiring, struggling for genuine agrarian reform

As we commemorate the 13th year after the Hacienda Luisita massacre today, we express our solidarity with the struggle of the Filipino peasants against decades-old feudal exploitation and State fascism. 

On November 16, 2004, seven farmworkers were killed by State forces of the Macapagal-Arroyo regime and paid mercenaries of the Cojuangco-Aquino landlord clan, when the brutal and violent dispersal of the farmworkers demanding just and living wages occurred. For big landlords, compradors and governments, lives of peasants and the poor are cheap, that they can easily be discarded, as long as they have delivered profits for the rich while for years, they were denied of land and resources that they harness. And when they fight back to uphold their rights, they are considered necessary collateral damage to “keep the peace.” 

On the trumped up charges vs Bayan leaders, Karapatan paralegal vis protests during 2017 ASEAN Summit

The trumped up charges against Karapatan paralegal Neil Legaspi and Bayan leaders Renato Reyes and Teddy Casino all came from the hyper-imagination of the Task Force ASEAN and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Karapatan paralegals saw first-hand how TF ASEAN, thru CIDG operatives, engaged in a scriptwriting workshop at the Manila Police District on November 12, 2017, inventing facts and statements of the arresting police officers until the wee hours of the morning the next day and doggedly insisting on filing all the absurd cases, when we were assisting Legaspi.

Neil Legaspi 

US strengthening its theatre of war in Asia while Duterte willingly accedes PH sovereignty to imperialist exploits - Karapatan

DuterTrump possible meeting on human rights, one big sick joke

“US Pres Donald Trump and Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte talking about human rights is one big sick joke. These representatives of State terrorism have a distorted notion of people’s rights, and the people have nothing to expect from their upcoming empty talk on human rights, if they do talk about it,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, criticizing both Trump and Duterte’s record of violations. 


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