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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). 

Karapatan files additional complaints on EJKs to UN experts

Karapatan submitted a letter of allegation concerning twenty-five (25) cases of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by State security forces in line with the Duterte government’s counter-insurgency program to United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions Ms. Agnes Callamard and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst today, December 2, 2017. 

As Int’l Human Rights Day approaches: Duterte is turning PH red with killings, bombings

Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay today joined other fellow convenors of the Movement Against Tyranny in announcing plans to mount a nationwide mass action on December 10, 2017 to “oppose the Duterte regime’s escalating fascist attacks against the people and its imposition of a full-blown dictatorship.”
 

Members of factfinding mission in Negros shot; 2 dead, one wounded

Three members of the factfinding mission team were shot by unnamed men at around 2:40 this afternoon at Brgy. San Ramon, Bayawan, Negros Oriental. Elisa Badayos, coordinator Karapatan Negros Oriental and Eleuterio Moises, a barangay tanod and member of local peasant organization Mantapi Ebwan Farmers Association, were pronounced dead-on-arrival after having been brought to a hospital in Bayawan. Carmen Matarlo, a 23-year-old member of Kabataan Partylist-Cebu was also reportedly wounded.

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