Karapatan

Launching of "Justice for Sagay Massacre" campaign an expression of assertion for justice -Karapatan

It has been more than a month since the gruesome massacre that claimed the lives of nine farm workers, eight of whom were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW). The perpetrators, suspected members of a paramilitary group, strafed them with bullets as they were resting in their respective tents in a vacant lot in Hacienda Barbara, Sagay, Negros Occidental on the evening of October 20, 2018. These farmers and farm workers, along with other members of the NFSW, were conducting their bungkalan or land cultivation and occupation campaign necessitated by the current state of landlessness and the monopoly of hacienderos in the region.

Karapatan stages political satire against repression, tyranny and impunity

On December 5, 2018, Karapatan staged a short skit involving President Duterte, House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, Ilocos Norte Governor and convicted criminal Imelda Marcos, and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Mendiola. The political satire revolved around the characters’ conversations on repressive measures and advising Imelda Marcos on how she can escape accountability. 
 

Arrest soldiers who perpetrated Lake Sebu massacre, end martial law in Mindanao – Karapatan

Karapatan, today, welcomed the resolution of the Commission on Human Rights in Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) holding two military officers liable and accountable for the killing of seven Lumad leaders of the T’boli Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization led by Datu Victor Danyan Sr. Sitio Datal Bong Langon, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on December 3, 2017.
 

Karapatan slams red-tagging of Satur, Castro and human rights defenders

“The recent tirades and red-tagging of President Duterte and AFP Chief Carlito Galvez against Ka Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro, the Lumad schools’ teachers and students, and several people’s organizations only prove their propensity to promote State terrorism. Instead of welcoming efforts to augment the severely inadequate education needs of indigenous children and to ensure their safety and security, Duterte and Galvez engage in baseless allegations and attacks to hide the government’s inability to provide comprehensive, adequate and appropriate education for the Lumad children,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to recent statements by Duterte and Galvez alleging that the aforementioned are “members” of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
 

A year after the Lake Sebu massacre and killing of Fr. Marcelito Paez: Massacres and killings still an everyday reality

“Today, we remember, both in grief and anger, the massacre of eight Lumad and the killing of Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and Nueva Ecija, respectively. Indeed, we are confronted every day with a string of rights violations, from killings, torture, illegal arrests, and various forms of harassment. The Duterte regime has turned the entire country into a killing field and has set a new threshold for State terror,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on the 1st anniversary of the Lake Sebu massacre and the killing of Fr. Marcelito Paez. 
 

Relatives, advocates call for the release of political prisoners, dismissal of trumped-up charges

On December 3, declared as the International Day of Political Prisoners, relatives and advocates led by Karapatan marched to Mendiola called for the release of political prisoners and the dismissal of trumped-up charges against them. As of November 2018, Karapatan’s figures noted that the number of political prisoners has climbed to 540 – 203 of which were arrested under the Duterte regime. Out of the 540, 120 are sickly, 40 are elderly, 56 are women and 7 are peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Duterte fueling State terrorism through devious government policies

“From martial law in Mindanao to a state of emergency in the Visayas and Bicol, to making legal the creation of death squads and perpetuate Tokhang-style killings, the use of laws and the alleged destabilization plot in Metro Manila to justify its vilification campaign and attacks against the people, the Duterte government is quickly treading the path towards a full-blown fascist dictatorship,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay during a press conference in Quezon City to kick-off the week-long commemoration of International Human Rights Day on December 10. 
 
 
 

On the recent Sandiganbayan decision on the case of Imelda Marcos

At first glance, the recent Sandiganbayan decision granting bail and providing remedies for Imelda Marcos, despite their guilty verdict on the graft charges against her, may seem like an act that respects the right to due process. But placed in a context where due process is a concept repeatedly tampled by the Duterte regime, the remedies granted to Imelda Marcos by the Sandiganbayan reek of outrageous privilege or entitlement and plain double standard given to persons who have bled the country’s coffers dry. 

On the National Humanitarian Mission in Talaingod, Davao del Norte

Karapatan demands the immediate release of members of the National Humanitarian Mission and the Lumad students and teachers who were fleeing from military operations in Talaingod, Davao del Norte from custody at the Talaingod Police Station. 

On the conviction of three police officers in the killing of Kian delos Santos

Karapatan welcomes the conviction of three police officers in the killing of Kian delos Santos in August 2017. We lament, though, that Police Station Commander Amor Cerillo and Caloocan City Police Chief Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna have not been charged for condoning and orchestrating murders done in similar police operations which resulted in the killing of Delos Santos and many others. They, too, should unequivocally be held accountable. We are enraged that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, then Philippine National Police Chief Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa and several other high officials who ordered, encouraged, endorsed and even mandated the police to commit such dastardly crimes have remained unpunished. 
 
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