Reports

Karapatan submission to the Universal Periodic Review May 2012

 

KARAPATAN, in consultation with its member organizations and other related organizations, is submitting this report on the state of human rights in the country with recommendations to the OHCHR for the 13th session of the UPR in the UN Human Rights Council in May-June 2012.  

KARAPATAN Monitor June - September 2011

Oplan Bayanihan (OpBay), the counter-insurgency program of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, heightens the use of civic-military activities in communities as a cloak over intensifi ed combat operations and attacks against the people’s leaders and organizations. It is even more deceptive than, but equally vicious as the previous government’s Oplan Bantay Laya because of adornments of “peace” and “development.”

KARAPATAN Monitor April - June 2011

It has been a year since President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was elected president. His and his government’s performance has been mediocre. Specifi cally, his campaign promises relating to human rights remain unfulfilled.

Noynoy failed to render justice to the victims of human rights violations (HRV) under the U.S.-Arroyo regime. No one during his first year in Malacanang has been prosecuted among the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, torture, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention and military atrocities in the countryside.

KARAPATAN Monitor January - March 2011

 

Why is it difficult to ascertain when Oplan Bantay Laya ends and Oplan Bayanihan begins? Is it because one is no different from the other except for different names and the latter’s use of deceptive words like “respectful of human rights,” “development-oriented activities” and “peace”? The first quarter 2011 data gathered by Karapatan present a profile of human rights violations indistinguishable from that committed by the U.S.-Arroyo regime. President Noynoy Aquino follows closely the U.S. Counter-Insurgency (COIN) Guide whereby all forms of protest are to be barred in the guise of “winning peace.”

 

2010 Year-End Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

THE NOYNOY AQUINO government’s mantra of change is now unraveling its true promise – that it is but a continuation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s legacy of state terror, political repression and economic exploitation.

KARAPATAN Monitor July - September 2010

 President Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III, was elected as the 15th President of the Philippines in May this year, in the midst of the people’s disgust with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s rule characterized by fraud, corruption scandals, abuse of power and bloody human rights record.  Noynoy, heir to Cory and Ninoy Aquino who are both publicly admired as icons of democracy, gave a most welcome promise of pagbabago (change) and daang matuwid (a straight path).

But data and statistics mirroring the human rights situation under Noynoy’s presidency in the first quarter (July to September 2010) of his stint in Malacanang do not augur well for the people.  

... So where is the promised change?  

KARAPATAN Monitor April - June 2010

Election-related violence and the continuing spate of extra-judicial killing, as Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) fails to meet its target of putting an end to the communist revolutionary movement, characterize the human rights situation in the Second Quarter of 2010.

KARAPATAN Monitor January - March 2010

The first quarter of 2010 is marked by mass arrest, detention and torture of health workers and farmers. Arresting security forces utilized fabricated charges and unfounded accusations. Consistent with 2010 as the end-year of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration's Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL), extrajudicial killing and harassment and vilification of legal organizations and personalities continue. Of special concern is the unexplained death of a civilian employee in the U.S. military barracks in Marawi City.

2009 Year-end Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

Karapatan 2009 Human Rights Report »

KARAPATAN Monitor January-March 2009

The years 2009 and 2010 are critical as Oplan Bantay Laya 2 (OBL 2) approaches its deadline. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) might very well rush to meet OBL 2 objectives, which are repeatedly stressed by Secretary of National Defense Gilbert Teodoro who is more hawkish than some of the generals. OBL 2’s thrust remains to be the “dismantling (of) the political structure of the communist terrorist group” through the neutralization (physical elimination) of perceived “enemies of the state”, whether combatants, activists of the legal democratic movement, mediapersons, lawyers and church people.

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