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Attacks vs activists escalate as 9 are arrested, 2 declared missing in the past week

“Karapatan condemns the worsening spate of attacks against activists and rights defenders, perpetrated by the Duterte regime and its security forces. Just this week, nine activists were illegally arrested in separate incidents in Laguna and Nueva Ecija, while two others were also declared missing. The spike in attacks are a compounded result of the government’s relentless red-tagging in line with its fictitious destabilization plot, the military and police’s collaboration through the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA), and the regime’s counterinsurgency program,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
 
 

Arrest of peace consultant, rights advocates violates peace agreements - Karapatan

Karapatan condemned the arrest of a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), along with four other companions in Laguna on October 15, 2018, as part of the “Duterte government’s relentless and gross violation of previously signed peace agreements with the NDFP, particularly the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).” 
 
(From the left: Hedda Calderon, Ireneo Atadero, Edisel Legaspi, Adel Silva, and Julio Lusania) 

PH gov’t harbinger of rights violations - Karapatan

“Salvador Panelo’s claim that the Philippine government is a ‘beacon of rights,’ amid its re-election in the UN Human Rights Council, is a statement of a delusional person. More apt, however, is that it is a harbinger of gross human rights violations. Who even believes Panelo when the Duterte government has openly expressed its contempt for human rights? Has he chosen to conveniently forget the pronouncements of President President ordering the execution of such rights violations? Be that as it may, the reality on the ground reveals the real character of this government,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

PH election to the UNHRC does not absolve Duterte gov’t of crimes vs the Filipino people

“The election of the Philippine government at the UN Human Rights Council does not absolve the Duterte government of its rights violations against the Filipino people. It does not erase the thousands killed in its murderous drug war or its spectrum of violations and scores of victims in indigenous and peasant communities. The new presidential spokesperson may be over the moon for this supposed “affirmation” of the government’s campaigns and human rights record, but no one is convinced. The victims of this regime are not convinced, human rights organizations and advocate both here and overseas are not convinced, many oppressed sectors are not convinced,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

Four women peasant advocates arrested, possibly tortured in Nueva Ecija

Four women peasant advocates were illegally arrested by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Philippine National Police and elements of the 7th Infantry Division in Sitio Bangkusay, Brgy. Talabutab Norte, Natividad, Nueva Ecija on October 13, 2018. Yolanda Diamsay Ortiz, 46, and Eulalia Ladesma, 44, member of Anakpawis and Gabriela Women’s Partylist respectively, Edzel Emocling, 23, and Rachel Galario, 20, both youth activists and peasant advocates, are confirmed to be in the custody of the CIDG in their office at the Old Capitol building at Cabanatuan City. Ortiz and Ladesma were badly beaten by their captors, with visible bruises on their faces.