Karapatan Monitor - July - September 2018

Overture to a rapid political and economic decay

Karapatan Position Paper on House Bill 1617

Karapatan Position Paper on House Bill 1617 or the Human Rights Defenders’ Protection Bill
Presented by Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General
Committee on Human Rights, House of Representatives
August 15, 2017

Madam Chairperson and members of the Committee on Human Rights and members of the House of Representatives, a very pleasant day to all of you. This is an important occasion, because in our recollection, this hearing on the proposed legislation on the rights of human rights defenders is a first in the many years since this measure was filed. This day is significant for human rights defenders in the Philippines, as a step forward in the discussions in House Bill 1617, which has been seen as one of the best examples of proposed legislations in the South East Asian region on human and people’s rights. 

Karapatan Position Paper on HB 4413, HB 8364, HB 5453

November 14, 2018
Hearing of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality
House of Representatives

To members of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, to all stake-holders present in today’s hearing, good afternoon. We thank you for inviting our organization in this important hearing.

Karapatan Monitor, April - June 2018


Karapatan Monitor January to March 2018

Choke all dissenting voices 
and strangle any semblance of democratic rule:
the malevolent mantra of Duterte’s leadership

Duterte's Choice: The Tyrant Emerged

2017 Karapatan Year-End Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines 


"The year 2017 unfolded Duterte’s true nature, a greedy and cruel war-mongering president who uses his power to perpetrate a killing rampage against the people – his war on drugs, his own brand of war-on-terror, and his military’s all-out-war. His imposition and extension of martial law in Mindanao and his continuing implementation of government’s counterinsurgency program, presently Oplan Kapayapaan, have exposed Duterte as a fascist instrument beholden to the whims of his imperialist master, the United States. Duterte has further consolidated his US-loyal security cluster and the neoliberal fanatics in his cabinet, resulting in intensifying attacks against people’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. His government has taken the form of a paper tiger – desperately fronting a fierce strongman façade yet ultimately revealing a cowering and subservient running dog to its profit-hungry and fascist masters."

Submission to Victoria Tauli Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | March 16, 2018

Submission to Victoria Tauli Corpuz,
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
March 16, 2018

KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines[i] submits this report in response to the call of the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for inputs to her thematic report on the issue of criminalisation and attacks faced by indigenous peoples asserting and defending their rights. In this submission, KARAPATAN critically examines the Philippine government’s compliance to international human rights instruments, in relation to indigenous human rights defenders, and presents our views and recommendations on the practice of State actors, under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, of filing criminal charges against these defenders. 

In the nearly two years of his presidency, Duterte has employed the resources of the State to attack, criminalize and target individuals and entire communities. Amid the alternatives given at the start of his term, Duterte has chosen to make State terrorism his irreversible and grim response to the public clamor for systemic and substantial change. Early on his first year in office, the President has relied on militarist solutions to the country’s problems. To date, his war on drugs has reportedly caused some 20,000 individual victims of extrajudicial killings[ii], precipitated by Duterte’s own orders and pronouncements[iii]. The government’s counterinsurgency program called Oplan Kapayapaan has resulted in grave human rights violations, including 126 victims of extrajudicial killings of mostly peasants and indigenous people, illegal arrests and detention, nearly half a million victims of bombings and forced evacuation, threats, intimidation and harassment of those critical of the President, including indigenous peoples and their defenders.[iv] 

Karapatan Monitor 2017 Issue No. 2

K Monitor 2017 Issue2 

Karapatan Monitor 2017 Issue No. 1

karapatan monitor issue 1 2017