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Karapatan hits PH immigration blacklisting of Canadian human rights activist

Karapatan decries the decision of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) placing Canadian citizen and human rights activist Emile Kinley-Gauthier’s name on the blacklist of the Bureau of Immigration.

Kinley-Gauthier was a participant in the International Conference on Human Rights in the Philippines on 18-21 July 2013. The conference was organized by the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), Karapatan and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace (EcuVoice).

Duterte’s Charter Change violates people’s rights - Karapatan

Once again, charter change is being floated by self-serving politicians loyal to President Rodrigo Duterte, in an attempt to revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution to further benefit their interests. Current proposals in Congress, particularly the PDP-Laban Proposed Federal Constituion and the Resolution of Both Houses No. 8 (RBH 8), are shamelessly unabashed in selling out the economy to foreign powers and inserting tyrannical elements to further the agenda of the vanguards of the status quo.

#ConvictPalparan, Justice for all victims of rights violations – Karapatan

“We look forward to the day that this “butcher-criminal” – unremorseful and proud of his record of violations and abuses – will finally be convicted in court,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Today, February 15, 2018, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan is set to take the witness stand for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.

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On the filing of charges against perpetrators of the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio

The reported filing of murder charges against soldiers and paramilitary group members on the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio is a long-overdue measure in the long struggle for justice of his family, friends, and indigenous communities. Tentorio was killed on October 17, 2011, yet authorities have only managed to seemingly complete the investigation and file charges for preliminary investigation more than six years after. 

On the recent statement of UN experts on rights violations in Mindanao

Karapatan welcomes the joint statement of UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and on internally displaced persons Cecilia Jimenez-Damary expressing concern on human rights violations against indigenous communities in Mindanao, in the context of increasing militarization and martial law in Mindanao. 

Martial law (ML) extension in Mindanao, an inch closer to nationwide ML

Karapatan, on December 11, 2017, questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to extend martial law for another year, following the AFP and the PNP’s recommendation. This is despite the AFP’s declaration of “victory” in Marawi.

“What, then, is the basis for extending martial law for another year? This is a dangerous precedent that inches the entire country closer to a nationwide declaration of martial rule. Martial law in Mindanao has paved the way for the intensification of rights violations – both within and outside of Marawi. We cannot expect the institution to benefit most from another year of martial law to decide against it. If this is allowed in Congress, speculation will be enough to put the entire country under martial law, creating an environment for State security forces to continue violations without accountability,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan’s Statement on International Human Rights Day 2017

“Today, we are once again confronted by the truth that governments do not grant people their rights. We always have to fight for our rights. We are once again faced by a very difficult and perilous situation, as we are confronted by State terrorism which knows no limit. Our response is to stand our ground and staunchly make our voices louder and our actions stronger against tyranny and impending full pledged dictatorship,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on December 10, 2017, International Human Rights Day. 

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Karapatan submits info to UN on recent Lumad massacre, forcible evacuation in Mindanao

On December 7, 2017, Karapatan submitted a letter addressed to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, raising the attacks against indigenous leaders and communities in the country in line with the military’s counterinsurgency operations and President Duterte’s martial law imposition in Mindanao.

International rights NGOs decry killings of human rights defenders in PH

International human rights NGOs expressed their condemnation of the recent killings of human rights defenders in the Philippines, days before the commemoration of International Human Rights Day on December 10. These include Amnesty International (AI), Front Line Defenders (FLD), and the World Organization against Torture (OMCT).

“Amnesty International is alarmed by the rising killings of human rights defenders and political activists in the Philippines. In recent weeks, a growing number of activists, community and religious leaders have been fatally shot by unknown gunmen. Fatalities include long term activists Elisa Badayos, Eleuterio Moises, and religious leader Marcelito ‘Tito’ Paez in Nueva Ecija, Luzon,” AI said in a statement on December 6, 2017. [Full AI statement through this: PHILIPPINES: POLITICAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS KILLED]

Karapatan supports urban poor’s campaign to “Occupy Bulacan”

“Karapatan supports the occupy movement of the urban poor in Bulacan who, since March 8, 2017, has started occupation of 5,208 idle housing units in five separate sites in Pandi and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on the “Occupy Bulacan” campaign led by the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY).

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