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With martial law extension in Mindanao, Lake Sebu massacre is a carnage waiting to happen again – Karapatan

Amid the escalation of human rights violations, Karapatan assailed the Duterte regime’s move to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year. The group cited the “cold-blooded massacre” of eight indigenous people in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on December 3, 2017, which also resulted in the enforced disappearance of six other T’boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers, and the forcible evacuation of at least 15 families. The massacre was perpetrated by elements of the 27th and the 33rd Infantry Battalions of the Philippine Army.

 

 

Martial law will not absolve dictators and their State forces for abuses, rights violations

"The massacre of 8 indigenous peoples in South Cotabato and the enforced disappearances of 6 more T'boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers on December 3, 2017 is the real face of martial law; the destruction of the lives and livelihood of those in Marawi and the Moro people is the real face of martial law; the killing of activists, farmers, leaders and members of progressive organizations, and bombing and evacuation of entire communities is the real face of martial law. It is another scheme that is equivalent to rights abuses committed with impunity. A benevolent martial law, or martial law with a heart only exists in the walls of gated villages and mansions where politicans who approved this policy are safely guarded. The only people to celebrate this are the instigators of State terrorism," said Karapatan secretary general on the approval of martial law's one year extension in Mindanao.

Environmental activist illegally arrested in Ilocos

“The Duterte regime is once again showing its contempt for human rights and its advocates. Yesterday, Shewin De Vera, a human rights and environmental advocate, was illegally accosted by elements of the police while on his way home. There is now a trend of attack against human rights defenders who have been consistent in opposing Duterte’s anti-people policies. This fascist regime is now on a roll – incessantly curtailing people’s rights through killings, arrests, aerial bombardment, harassment, among other forms. With the escalation of these attacks, human rights and its advocates are put more at risk,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the arrest of Sherwin De Vera.

 

 

 

Duterte cooking up a fullblown dictatorship - Karapatan

On the eve of International Human Rights Day 2017, Karapatan held a cooking demonstration dubbed as “What’s Cooking in Malacañang?” featuring “Duterte’s recipes for a fascist dictatorship.”

 

Dishes included in the said activity are Digong’s Dinuguan, Pasta Pasista, and Papaitang Buhay, with recipes describing the human and people’s rights situation in the country. The event placed a spin on Duterte’s Kitchen and used the President’s response to jeepney drivers who participated in a 2-day transport strike last October: “Mahirap kayo? Magtiis kayo sa hirap at gutom, wala akong pakialam.”

 

 

Karapatan to Duterte: Valium? No thanks, you need it more than we do

“Duterte’s fentanyl-laden speech is often incoherrent and difficult to make sense of, but his policies and threats do the work of providing us with an unmistakably evident picture of the direction and brutality of his regime. Duterte should be the one taking valium after his government’s relentless attacks against rights defenders, progressives and dissenters of anti-people policies. It is he who needs to calm down, not us,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in reaction to Duterte’s statement yesterday, December 6, telling human rights advocates to take valium.

Martial law meant open season for killings, rights abuses in Mindanao

Progressive groups led by Barug Katungod Mindanao and Karapatan staged a protest rally in front of the Department of National Defense (DND) on December 6, 2017, to oppose the extension of martial law in Mindanao and raise the issue of numerous rights violations perpetrated by the military, in line with the said declaration and the Duterte regime’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan.

Priest, pastor shot dead in separate incidents in Luzon; massacre of 8 Lumad reported in Mindanao

“We condemn in the strongest terms the killing of Fr. Marcelito Paez and Pastor Lovelito Quinones, in separate incidents in Nueva Ecija and Oriental Mindoro, respectively, and the recently reported December 3 massacre of indigenous peoples in South Cotabato. Indeed, this fascist and terrorist regime has turned the entire country into a killing field, which renders nobody safe. Priests, doctors, lawyers, students, human rights defenders, peasant and indigenous communities, and urban poor communities are

On the Presidential Spokesperson's response to the complaints filed by Karapatan to the UN

The State is duty-bound to respect and uphold human rights, in accordance to international human rights instruments and in line with the Philippine Constitution. Yet, past and present governments have been the primary violator of human rights. While Karapatan engages with all national mechanism to assist in providing redress to victims, it does not, in any way, limit the organization from pursuing and utilizing measures provided for by known international platforms.
 

International Day of Solidarity for the Release of Political Prisoners

Statement of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS) Commission 3

December 3, 2017

On the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS) Commission 3 expresses its solidarity with political prisoners in the Philippines, Palestine, Kurdistan, Mexico, the US and elsewhere in the world who have courageously stood up against tyrannical and repressive regimes.

Political prisoners are activists, freedom fighters, advocates, human rights defenders, and individuals who were deprived of their liberty and remain in detention as a consequence of their political beliefs and aspirations. As of October 2017, at least 449 political prisoners are languishing in jails across the Philippines. Political prisoners in Mexico have been targeted for their fight against imperialist plunder of resources, resisting transnational projects that adversely affect indigenous communities. Thousands more are detained in Kurdistan and Palestine, for waging their struggle for their right to self-determination and asserting their collective right as peoples. Many more oppressed peoples are unjustly incarcerated because of the brutal and oppressive prison industrial complex in the US.

Martial law extension in Mindanao will result to more right violations - Karapatan

“With martial law still in full effect in Mindanao.  The human rights situation has already worsened due to the continuing implementation of Duterte’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, but this is all the more compounded by Duterte’s termination of the GRP peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the recent verbal threats by the President. With Malacanang poised to extend the martial law declaration in Mindanao and, possibly, to expand the coverage nationwide, the situation is set to become much more urgent and dangerous,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, citing the recent spate of violations in Mindanao, including a smear campaign against leaders of progressive organizations in Southern Mindanao and the forced evacuation of Lumad communities in Caraga due to intensified operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). 

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