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Military harassment plagues the North - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

 “The military is manifesting its fascist character not only through the filing of trumped-up charges, the bombing of communities and schools, and the killing, arrest, and torture of civilians and leaders of progressive organizations; now it has widened its scope to include the digital space used by activists as a platform for advocacy. The AFP has stayed true to its brand of being the instigator of fake news, complemented by the lies and misinformation by Duterte’s deception mill. It intensifies these attacks by promoting hate-mongering and accusations against organizations to justify violations against them,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the intensifying acts of harassment and intimidation against Luzon-based activists and organizations.  

Karapatan calls on UN rights council for independent investigation on on attacks vs rights defenders, EJKs

Press Statement | September 22, 2017

At the UN Review on PH rights compliance in Geneva, Karapatan calls on UN rights council for independent investigation on attacks vs rights defenders, EJKs

At the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, Karapatan, speaking on behalf of international human rights organizations Civicus and International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), called on the member States of the UN HRC to support the call for “a halt to all forms of attacks on human rights defenders in the Philippines, the enactment of a law for their protection, and the acceptance of a full, independent visit to the Philippines by UN Special Rapporteurs, including on the situation of HRDs.”

PH is moving from de facto martial law to open fascist rule - Karapatan

Today, September 21, 2017, on the Filipino People’s Day of Protest, Karapatan joins the newly-formed alliance Movement Against Tyranny and thousands of protesters to amplify calls to stop the killings in line with Duterte’s counterinsurgency program and the drug war campaign, among other forms of human rights violations. The protest also marks the 45th year since Marcos placed the country under martial law back in 1972.

 

September 21 is Filipino People's Day of Protest vs killings, Duterte's deception, lies, threats

Press Release | September 20, 2017

"Tomorrow, activists, students, concerned citizens, and several other progressive organizations and individuals will march to Luneta and to different protest centers in within and outside the Philippines for the Filipino People's Day of Protest to condemn the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Along with calls to stop extrajudicial killings, demands to end harassment and intimidation attempts against members and leaders of progressive organizations and dissenters will also be amplified. As September 21 reminds us of the atrocities committed during the Marcos martial law era, we stand in vigilance against Duterte's national declaration of martial rule," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Philippine UPR Watch calls for int’l support to Filipino people’s campaign against tyrannical rule of Duterte administration

Press Release | 19 September 2017

The Philippine UPR Watch calls on the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to express their support for the Filipino peoples' campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's tyrannical rule.

In barely four months, after the UPR of the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council last May 2017, human and people's rights violations have spiralled, with the drug war, counter-insurgency program and martial law in Mindanao, the group said. On September 22, 2017, the recommendations made to the Philippine government on its 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review will be adopted this coming 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 September 2017 . "The Duterte regime has been totally disregarding these recommendations urging the State to protect and uphold international human rights obligations," said Ephraim Cortez, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers(NUPL) and  co-head of the Philippine UPR Watch delegation.   

Imprisoned and threatened indigenous people's leaders, church workers, and teachers are proof of Duterte's tyrannical rule

Press Release | September 19, 2017

"When a country’s church people and teachers are being imprisoned for working alongside marginalized communities, it becomes indicative of widespread repression and the State’s intolerance for genuine opposition. Such a situation exposes how far we are from a democracy, worsened by awards and status accorded to murderers, plunderers and rights violators," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay during a rally in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 13, 2017 to call for the release of indigenous people, church workers, and teachers imprisoned by the Duterte administration.

Karapatan holds day of solidarity with indigenous children at the Lakbayan 2017 Kampuhan

Press Release | September 17, 2017

Karapatan, in cooperation with Sandugo, Hustisya and Temperamental Brats, held a storytelling session, crafts-making workshop, and cultural program for indigenous children at the 2017 Kampuhan ng Pambansang Minorya, UP Equine Stud Farm, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Quezon City on September 17, 2017. The activity was also supported by artists, young educators, human rights activists, and civil libertarians. 

ON THE POSSIBLE DECLARATION OF NATIONWIDE MARTIAL LAW NEXT WEEK

Press Statement | September 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law next week is an expression of the Duterte regime’s fear of its own demons. It is increasingly becoming desperate in quelling the legitimate and peaceful protest of the Filipino people against the fascist and anti-people policies of the regime. It is fearful of the people’s growing resistance against its tyrannical rule. 

Duterte funding Lumad, peasant murderers, sanctions budget to kill – Karapatan

Press Statement | September 14, 2017

"There is no money for social services, for mechanisms for redress, for socioeconomic programs for the welfare of the majority under Duterte’s leadership. The budget is instead allocated to murderers and fascists who are enabled and protected by no less than the President. State security forces – from the police, the military, and its paramilitary forces – are not only accorded the license but also the resources to kill," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Duter-Tyranny in the House

Press Statement | September 13, 2017

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s sycophants at the House of Representatives are having a field day in their fascist and anti-people schemes in the past days.

The Lower House’s move to allocate a meager PhP1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights is an attempt to clip the functions of a constitutional body mandated to check on the human rights violations of State actors. While Karapatan has consistently criticized the CHR for its partiality to and complicity with State security forces on the numerous cases of extrajudicial killings, harassment and forced evacuation of communities of indigenous peoples, peasants and activists and its turning a blind eye on the plight of political prisoners, especially during the terms of officials appointed by former Pres. Benigno Aquino III, we view the recent attempts of the Duterte administration to de facto abolish the CHR as a dangerous step that undermines available mechanisms for redress for human rights violations in this so-called democratic form of government.

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