Eleven human rights workers arrested after Duterte’s threat to crack down on progressive groups

“Since Duterte’s threat last Saturday, November 18, to crackdown on progressive organizations, eleven (11) human rights (HR) workers – 9 from Batangas and 2 from Western Mindanao region – have been illegally arrested and detained. Mass arrest of members of an organization is fast becoming a trend in the PNP and AFP’s conduct of illegal arrests; It has become as brazen and as arbitrary. The authorities again claim that those arrested were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a lie relegated as among the oldest trick in the PNP and AFP’s “how to get away with illegal arrest and human rights violations” rulebook. Whatever the State maneuver, there is no denying the systematic attack against HR workers under the Duterte regime,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Karapatan slams wrongful conviction of volunteer health worker on trumped up charges

“For the government, what has been a more rampant practice of inconveniencing persons and violating people’s rights – perhaps more rampant than the tanim-bala experience of travellers in Philippine airports – is the tanim-baril/bomba modus operandi of the police and military against activists and development workers to justify their illegal arrest and detention,” said Roneo Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, as they received reports of the wrongful conviction of volunteer health worker and political prisoner Miguela Piniero. 


Karapatan hits Duterte’s looming crackdown of progressive groups, trumped up charges vs activists

“In the mind of fascists like Duterte, any and all forms of just and legitimate opposition to his anti-people policies are all spun like the wildest conspiracy theories. His threat to crack down on Bayan and other progressive groups, with the twisted logic that they are an anathema to development and are conspiring with the Communist Party of the Philippines, is a tired and unoriginal repetition of the same plot weaved by known fascists like Marcos. Using the same pretext and adapting tricks from the same playbook of fascists, such moves will possibly be appropriated to justify nationwide martial law and intensified repression against the Filipino people,” stated Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay in reaction to Duterte’s statement last Saturday, November 18. 

Commemorating Luisita massacre: No justice for peasants aspiring, struggling for genuine agrarian reform

As we commemorate the 13th year after the Hacienda Luisita massacre today, we express our solidarity with the struggle of the Filipino peasants against decades-old feudal exploitation and State fascism. 

On November 16, 2004, seven farmworkers were killed by State forces of the Macapagal-Arroyo regime and paid mercenaries of the Cojuangco-Aquino landlord clan, when the brutal and violent dispersal of the farmworkers demanding just and living wages occurred. For big landlords, compradors and governments, lives of peasants and the poor are cheap, that they can easily be discarded, as long as they have delivered profits for the rich while for years, they were denied of land and resources that they harness. And when they fight back to uphold their rights, they are considered necessary collateral damage to “keep the peace.” 

On the trumped up charges vs Bayan leaders, Karapatan paralegal vis protests during 2017 ASEAN Summit

The trumped up charges against Karapatan paralegal Neil Legaspi and Bayan leaders Renato Reyes and Teddy Casino all came from the hyper-imagination of the Task Force ASEAN and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Karapatan paralegals saw first-hand how TF ASEAN, thru CIDG operatives, engaged in a scriptwriting workshop at the Manila Police District on November 12, 2017, inventing facts and statements of the arresting police officers until the wee hours of the morning the next day and doggedly insisting on filing all the absurd cases, when we were assisting Legaspi.

Neil Legaspi 

US strengthening its theatre of war in Asia while Duterte willingly accedes PH sovereignty to imperialist exploits - Karapatan

DuterTrump possible meeting on human rights, one big sick joke

“US Pres Donald Trump and Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte talking about human rights is one big sick joke. These representatives of State terrorism have a distorted notion of people’s rights, and the people have nothing to expect from their upcoming empty talk on human rights, if they do talk about it,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, criticizing both Trump and Duterte’s record of violations. 

Karapatan sounds the alarm on abduction and illegal arrest of former priest, four others in Cebu, Mindoro and Eastern Samar

"Three individuals remain missing since their arrest in Cebu on November 9, while another peasant leader remains in the custody of the police in Marabut, Eastern Samar. The offensive of State security forces against members and leaders of progressive organizations have no doubt intensified, as Duterte unleashes his fascist and militarist policies. Duterte sings when his imperialist masters ask him to sing, to the tune of curtailing people's rights. Duterte himself does not care for people's rights - a trait he shares with Trump and other leaders of imperialist countries,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor. 

Day 1 of Trump’s visit: Karapatan staff arrested, 20 others injured during protests

"Who do we expect to guard a human rights violator, fascist,  and bigot like US Pres. Donald Trump?  None other than his fellow fascists, personified by our own police force. In true militarist and fascist fashion that their masters –Trump and Phil. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte – would no doubt be proud of, the police arrested Karapatan’s staff who was then driving the van and injured at least 20 protesters, including Anakbayan Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo. With the brazen disregard of Trump and Duterte of human rights, their minions seem to be shedding all pretense as well,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

ASEAN rights body not addressing killings and attacks vs rights defenders in PH

“Since its establishment in 2009, the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has addressed a grand total of zero pressing concerns on human and people’s rights in the Philippines such as the killings and attacks against human rights defenders and indigenous peoples, killings in relation to the drug war, bombings and forcible evacuation of communities, especially with the martial law declaration in Mindanao,” said Cristina Palabay, Secretary General of Philippine-based human rights organization Karapatan, in the sidelines of a parallel gathering of non-governmental organizations to the 2017 Summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Syndicate content

You may also want to visit:



free all political prisoners