Karapatan

P-Noy continues to skirt the issue of Human Rights

“It has been three months since the fugitive general, Jovito Palparan Jr., was issued a warrant of arrest by the Malolos Trial Court for the disappearance of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño yet he remains in hiding with neither a word nor two from the P-Noy government on his whereabouts. We now tend to believe that the warrant of arrest issued to Palparan was just for show,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. 

TELLING IT AS IT IS:Philippine UPR Watch Delegation to have audiences before US Congress and Canadian Parliament

The delegation of the Philippine UPR Watch is meeting with US Congressional offices, both Senate and House, as well as with the US State Department and the Canadian Parliament this month to bring to their attention the continuing extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture and other human rights violations under the Aquino administration. 

House probes Pnoy’s human rights record

Phil Rights Delegation at UN Calls for Justice for Filipina HR Defenders, Raise Child Rights Violations under Aquino

International Women’s Day:
Philippine Rights Delegation at the UN Calls for Justice for Filipina Human Rights Defenders, Raise Child Rights Violations under Aquino

Rights workers to raise plight of political prisoners before international rights body

[Geneva, Switzerland | March 8, 2012] The Philippine UPR Watch, an ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights organizations and advocates that engages in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), brought to the attention of the international rights body the continuing human rights violation in the Philippines, and the continuous occurrence of arbitrary arrests and detention under Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as the council conducts its 19th Regular Session.
 

Philippine human rights defenders tag counterinsurgency policy as PNoy’s way of honoring GMA and Palparan’s legacy of terror

INT’L SUPPORT FOR BUTCHER PALPARAN’S ARREST SOUGHT

[Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2012] An ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights defenders asked for the support of international NGOs and foreign missions based in Geneva to call on the Philippine government “to step up its efforts to arrest Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and to stop honoring his legacy of military terror and violence through Oplan Bayanihan.” 

Women rights group decry rape by “men in uniform,” scores use of rape under Oplan Bayanihan

On the first day of March as the internationally known Women’s Month, women’s rights group Tanggol Bayi scored the reported rape cases against two women in the provinces of Masbate and Rizal by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as “an indication of the continuing and brazen impunity perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).”

Political Prisoner Complains of Censorship

In a complaint letter sent to the National Democratic Front peace panel, Office of the Presidential Assistant to the Peace Process (OPAPP), Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Sec. Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), political prisoner and NDFP peace consultant Alan Jazmines complained of  confiscation of the typewriters used by the peace consultants detained at the PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame.

From defenders to victims: the plight HRDs in the Philippines amidst continuing impunity

(Paper presented by Atty. Edre U. Olalia, Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and Cristina E. Palabay, Spokesperson of Karapatan, at the Conference on Defending Human Rights Defenders  in London, 24 February 2012, organized by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Amnesty International UK and the European Association of Lawyers for Human Rights and Democracy.)

In an int’l rights conference in London: IMPUNITY AND TERROR CONTINUE UNDER PNOY

“There has been no let-up in the terror and violence especially against human rights defenders under the administration of Noynoy Aquino. Impunity persists because Aquino, despite all his rhetoric on human rights, has been passive in making former Pres. Arroyo and her top generals accountable for rights violations, perhaps because his administration promotes the same brand of terror and violence on the ground.”
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