Karapatan

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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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 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 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.

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