Press release

On Duterte’s statement that human rights groups are enemies of the state

Only tyrants and human rights violators consider human rights defenders as enemies, to justify their killing and other worse violations against them. It is actually those in government who order, encourage and perpetuate extrajudicial killings, illegal or arbitrary arrests, rape, torture, and other grave violations, as well as those who engender impunity and poverty and promote the sell-out of our country’s patrimony, who are considered by the people as their enemies. 

New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize - Karapatan

Surreptitiously, without consultation with many non-profit organizations, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. 2018) or the Guidelines for the Protection of SEC Registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) From Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Abuse or the NPO Guidelines on November 7, 2018. 

Karapatan on the December 27 killings and arrests in Negros

Karapatan human rights workers are still confirming several details on the killings and arrests yesterday, December 27, in Negros Oriental, perpetrated by the 302nd Infantry Brigade,94th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police.

Initial reports from several sources state that at least six persons were killed, including Jesus “Dondon” Isugan, son of peasant organizers Delia and Dominador Isugan; habal-habal drivers Reneboy Fat and Jaime Revilla, who are also community organizers; and Demetrio Fat, cousin of a peasant organizer. The six were reportedly killed as the PNP and AFP served search warrants in their homes, alleging their possession of firearms.

Labelling, attacking critics won’t cover-up Duterte regime’s crimes

“President Duterte and his cabal of psychopath soldiers and police, along with his court jesters Salvador Panelo and Martin Andanar, are once again going on a spree of frothing-in-the-mouth red-tagging against those who criticize and oppose his murderous regime, again endangering groups and different sectors, particularly vocal critics of his murderous governance and rights defenders,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, condemning Duterte’s statements and new bout of red-tagging.

On International Human Rights Day 2018: Stop the Attacks! Defend People’s Rights! Resist Dictatorship!

“The Duterte regime is a government that willfully violates people’s rights; it is not a government for the people. It has merely strengthened a system that only affords due process, justice, and privileges to the elite, leaving the rest of us as targets of rights abuses and spiraling poverty. As we mark International Human Rights Day, a day commemorating the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with protest, we likewise register our continuing resolve to defend people’s rights and resist tyranny and dictatorship,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on December 10, 2018 in Liwasang Bonifacio and Mendiola. 

Rights group enjoins Filipinos to march against martial law extension, repression, dictatorship this December 10

“We are nearing December 10, commemorated as the International Human Rights Day, but we are confronted yet still by numerous and gross rights violations in succession, as well as repressive policies continuously being shoved down our throats,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay in a press conference by various rights groups at a restaurant in Quezon City. Palabay cited the recent case of illegal arrest of peace consultant Rey Casambre and his wife, Patricia Cora Casambre last December 7, 2018, and Duterte’s pending martial law extension for another year.
 
 

Free the Casambres! Free all political prisoners!

Another peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was illegally arrested on the evening of December 7, 2018. Peace consultant Rey Casambre, 67, was arrested along with his wife, Patricia Cora Casambre, 72, while on their way home in Cavite. Both were brought to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City.  Rey Casambre is the 7th NDFP peace consultant arrested under the Duterte regime. 
 
 

KARAPATAN ON THE 3RD EXTENSION OF MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

"The whispers of another martial law extension have turned into a real nightmare today. President Duterte has officially requested Congress to extend Martial Law in Mindanao yet again, while the vultures eager to receive his blessings come election season are ever more ready to decide on the basis of political favor rather than the people’s welfare. With another extension, the people of Mindanao are being dragged into greater peril,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan hits AFP Chief Galvez’s appointment as presidential adviser on peace process

“Duterte is nailing the door to peace shut with appointing retiring AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr. as the next Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. What will a high-ranking military officer contribute to the advancement of the peace process when the same institution has been largely behind the derailment and collapse of the negotiations? Clearly, Galvez will turn OPAPP into the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Preventing Peace. War is business, and the military is adept at profiting from violating people’s rights,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on Malacanang’s announcement of the appointment of AFP Chief Galvez as OPAPP head.

More cases of illegal arrest, trumped-up charges with martial law extension – Karapatan

“For many lawmakers and justice of the Supreme Court, martial law has become a black or white statement of support for the fascist policies of the Duterte regime. No longer are the situation of the Mindanaoans taken into consideration nor the rights violations happening on the ground. It has become a matter of defining alliances, with the real plight of those affected reduced in the background. It seems that the Duterte government need not follow the conditions set by the Constitution, it only needs to have enough numbers. This looming martial law extension will breed more rights violations, aggravating the already worsening situation in Mindanao,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor.

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