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KARAPATAN condemns continuing assault on activists and progressive organizations

Rights group raises alarm over rising violations cases in the run –up to the 2010 elections

Karapatan condemns continuing assault on activists and progressive organizations


The human rights alliance Karapatan today denounced the continuing state-perpetrated attacks on activists and progressive organizations.  Particularly, the Alliance condemns the June 11 raid of an electoral consultation and conference in Cagayan Valley, participated in by 19 representatives of people's organizations, as well as local coordinators of progressive partylist organizations Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela Women's Party and Kabataan. 

At around midnight of June 11, not less than 30 men, some of whom were masked and wearing camouflage pants, combat boots, and armed with M16 rifles and .45 caliber pistols, forced their way into the sleeping quarters of the participants at MasCoop Resort, Bgy. Masisit, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan province.

The perpetrators threatened to kill the victims and took all of their personal belongings including laptops, personal documents and money.  The manner, accuracy and swiftness of the raid show a similar pattern of military attacks in many of the earlier cases of abductions and raids committed in other areas and in other cases.

IALAG abolition does not wash off blood from GMA’s hands

Human rights watchdog Karapatan welcomed the long overdue abolition of the Inter-agency Legal Affairs Group (IALAG). Karapatan claimed that the Philippine government's act of abolishing IALAG is  but a confirmation that  the agency has time and again been used by state agents to violate human rights.

IALAG, formed by the President through Executive Order 493 in 2006, was tasked to investigate, prosecute, monitor and handle litigation processes of cases involving national security. However, the group has become a government agency responsible for fabricating criminal lawsuits against political activists suspected of being members or supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Human rights workers and advocates were not spared from the legal offensives. 

Now that IALAG is abolished, Karapatan called for the immediate release of the individuals illegally arrested and detained including Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' leaders Randall Echanis and Bernadith Dignos; National Democratic Front peace consultants Randy Felix Malayo and Elizabeth Principe.

Abduction of Fil-Am activist, 2 others is a HRV that cannot be erased by discrediting Karapatan and other human rights defenders

The human rights alliance Karapatan today issued a statement condemning the malicious statements made by the Presidential Human Rights Committee on Wednesday.

Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said bad-mouthing Karapatan will not erase the fact that there was a reported incident of an abduction of a Fil-Am activist and two other community health workers.

The PHRC alleged that Karapatan and Bayan had made up the abduction of three community health workers Melissa Roxas, Juanito Carabeo and Edward Handoc.

The PHRC even went to the extent of saying, “There are no reports of this case in the local government office or with local police authorities of the Municipality of La Paz, Tarlac, where the abduction allegedly took place, filed by anyone…”

Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said, “Check your facts or eat your words!  Their statements only show that they are so incompetent, they are wasting the people’s money!”

Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm over rising extrajudicial killings

Sixteen killed before end of 1st Quarter 2009
Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm over rising extrajudicial killings

The human rights watchdog Karapatan today decried the shooting of two women human rights defenders in Laguna and sounded the alarm over the rising extrajudicial killings.

Sabina Ariola, 51 and Adelaida Calosa, 48 was shot at around 8:25 AM yesterday, March 23, 2009. Sabina, who was hit in the abdomen died at 11 o’clock in the evening and Adelaida who was hit on the face is undergoing medical treatment.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms, the attacks on human rights defenders Sabina Ariola and Adelaida Calosa,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan.

Karapatan reports on state of Philippine human rights, emphasizes Arroyo accountability

In the observance of 60th Year of the UDHR

Karapatan reports on state of Philippine human rights, emphasizes Arroyo accountability

 

The biggest human rights network in the Philippines today released its annual report on the human rights situation under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Karapatan presented to the public its 2008 Human Rights Report in a media briefing at Max's Quezon Avenue in Quezon City on the commemoration of the 10th Year of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the eve of the observance of the 60th Year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The report principally features cases of violation of human rights, as recorded by the Alliance, from January to October 2008. It also includes a review of escalating attacks against human rights defenders since 2001 and the current experience with the Supreme Court-issued remedy of the writ of amparo.

UN Human Rights Committee finds RP government guilty of rights violations on the Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy case

The UN Human Rights Committee, the UN treaty body monitoring the States parties' compliance to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), has found the Philippine government guilty of violating primarily the right to life of human rights defenders Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy. The Committee's Views were put out on October 30, 2008 in its 94th session held in the UN in Geneva.

In the face of escalating conflict, rights group calls on the Parties to stop the hostilities

Rights group reiterates call on the Parties in conflict to ensure the safety of civilians at all times; stop the hostilities and resolve issues on the negotiating table

KARAPATAN reiterates the call it earlier made to both Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  and the Government to abide by their obligations to uphold human rights and protect the lives of civilians at all times.

Karapatan says CA decision "anti-victim," won't help find Jonas

The human rights group Karapatan scored the Court of Appeals for its 'cowardly decision' on the petition for the writ of habeas corpus and writ of amparo petitions of Mrs. Edith Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos.
"CA justices are trying to be on the safe side at the expense of the life of Jonas, their dismissal of the case won't help find him," said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan Secretary General.

Rights group condemns killing of peasant leader in South, scores AFP's bounty offer for soldiers

Celso Pojas speaking at a rally At the 3rd Saturday gathering of families of victims of human rights violations, the human rights group Karapatan today expressed outrage over the extrajudicial killing of peasant leader Celso Pojas down South.

Pojas was killed by motorcycle-riding gun men in Davao City, a method associated with military death squads implementing Oplan Bantay Laya.

"Clearly, the military have not ceased their policy of extrajudicial killings under Oplan Bantay Laya," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer.

Our mothers, our defenders: Rights group offer red roses for mothers of victims on mother's day

Karapatan celebrates mother's day by bringing together mothers whose children have been victims of human rights violations under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Human rights activists joined by children relatives paid tribute to these mothers by offering them red roses as a symbol of solidarity. "We are one with them in the defense of human rights and the fight for justice," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer, a mother herself.

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