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Karapatan on PH gov't rights report to the UN: Empty rhetoric despite continuing rights abuses and impunity

 “The Philippines’ State report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council demonstrate the government’s empty rhetoric on human and people’s rights. Impunity still remains, rights abuses continue, no one has been held to account for the violations and justice remains elusive for the victims,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the PH government report expected to be presented on May 8, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kin files complaint vs GRP over killing of Moro leader, 1-year-old girl in Basilan

“I am here for justice. The families of those killed cannot all be here, but we all want the same thing. State security forces should know that they cannot readily commit crimes without punishment. We live in a poor community in Basilan, and just because we are poor should not mean that those with resources can easily deprive us of the justice that we deserve,” said Nurhidaya Hasan, wife of Moro leader Hadji Billamin Hassan, who filed a complaint against the Government of the Philippines (GRP) at the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) with regard to the killing of her husband, as well as two others on March 8, 2017.

 

Secret detention cell in Manila exposes impunity despite laws vs torture, enforced disappearance

"Despite the anti-torture and anti-enforced disappearance laws, illegal arrest, torture and detention continue, as exemplified in the recent discovery of a secret police detention cell in Tondo, with unlisted detainees, in line with the war on drugs. This practice is reminiscent of brutal acts  by military and police during martial law and even after martial law, when regimes perpetuate a system that grossly disregards civil rights," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the discovery of a "secret prison" in a police station in Tondo, Manila.

Confirm the appointment of Mariano, Taguiwalo, and Lopez now

Karapatan expressed support for the confirmation of the appointment of Cabinet secretaries Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael Mariano and Gina Lopez.

"The three have shown exemplary public service by promoting and taking progressive stance regarding people’s rights. Their dedication and hard work proved that they have the capacity, experience and expertise to continue their incumbency in their respective offices,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

 

Stop the Killings! Relatives and families of both political and drug-related killings avow

“Extrajudicial killings, whether done in the  name of the war against so-called enemies of the State or of the war on drugs, should stop. We reiterate our call to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to truly undertake long-term and comprehensive socio-economic and political reforms that address the roots of social unrest, as well as the prevalence of the illegal drug trade, instead of employing militarist solutions," said Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general in an event held at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, on April 29, 2017.

 

Three years after EDCA signing: Duterte should scrap EDCA, walk the talk on PH sovereignty

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - "We call on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to walk the talk and decisively terminate one-sided military agreements with the United States government, such as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). If this administration is serious in asserting Philippine sovereignty against the US, it should start by doing away with treaties and deals that trample on the nation’s sovereignty. We also challenge Duterte to veer away from neoliberal policies being pushed by the US – policies that have caused widespread and systematic poverty in the country, allowing big corporations to gain profits at the expense of the people’s welfare,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in a rally led by the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) outside the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California, US, to protest the implementation of EDCA for the past three years. 

Ten years after the disappearance of Jonas Burgos, perpetrators remain scot-free

“It has been ten (10) years and Jonas Burgos is still missing. Though cases have been filed, perpetrators have remained unpunished. From the Arroyo regime to the current administration, the disappearance of Jonas remains a continuing proof of the climate of impunity in our country. It will continue to be a stark reminder on the prevalent injustice and lack of accountability of State security forces responsible for rights abuses, and government negligence,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor during a protest held outside the Department of National Defense (DND) on April 28, 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of Jonas Burgos’ disappearance.

 

  

Rights situation in PH amplify calls for just and lasting peace

“Continuing assaults on people’s rights indicate the urgency for just and lasting peace in the Philippines. There is a need to make the Benigno Aquino III regime accountable for the crimes it has committed against the people, while pursuing the call for the Duterte government to stop dismissing and start addressing issues on rights violations and the roots of the armed conflict in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Jigs Clamor, in a press briefing of human rights defenders set to participate in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on May 8, 2017.

Longest-detained political prisoner released – Karapatan

“After thirty two (32) years, political prisoner Jose Ceriales was finally released on April 19, 2017, after serving sentence for false charges of multiple murder and double frustrated murder. Peasant Ceriales was arrested on May 3, 1985 in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental when he was only 22 years old. Now, he is 54 years old. That is 32 years of injustice which spanned different regimes,” said Clamor on the release of the longest-detained political prisoner in the country.

 

 (Photo: Jose Ceriales finally freed after 32 years in prison. He was only 22 years old when he was arrested; he is now 54 years old)

#OccupyLuisita campaign vs Cojuangco-Aquinos is just and legitimate

“The arduous struggle for land distribution of Hacienda Luisita is just and legitimate, as landlords Cojuangcos and Aquinos continue to deny the return of land to its tillers, a condition which constituted the original agreement between the Cojuangcos and the Magsaysay government way back in 1967,” said Jigs Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary General, on the “bungkalan” and land occupation of peasant farmers and farmworkers dubbed as #OccupyLuisita campaign.

 

 

 

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