Karapatan

Karapatan to Duterte: Continue the GRP-NDFP peace talks, respect previously signed agreements

Karapatan welcomes the resolution of at least 60 legislators at the House of Representatives calling for the resumption of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The continuation of the said talks should pave the way for discussions and agreements on socio-economic and political reforms that will benefit the Filipino people, especially the poor majority of peasants and workers in the country. 

Rights groups in Hong Kong, Belgium stage protests vs Duterte’s fake terror list

In a show of solidarity with Filipino activists against the Duterte government’s attacks and political persecution of human rights defenders, human rights and people’s organizations in Hong Kong and Belgium staged symbolic actions to condemn Duterte’s fake terror list. “These acts of solidarity remind us that Filipinos and even foreigners in different parts of the world will stand together during these repressive and challenging times. It reminds us that the cause of people’s rights and protection for those who courageously advocate for it is of global importance,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

 

(Photo: Various groups and individuals gather in Brussels, Belgium to protest the PH government's fake "terror list" and call for an end to the criminalization of activists and rights defenders)

 

 

(Photo: Human rights groups gather at the PH General Consulate in Hong Kong to protest the PH government's fake "terror list" , calls for an end to the criminalization of activists and rights defenders) 

Duterte regime uses its all-purpose paramilitary pawns in fake terror list – Karapatan

In the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on February 21, 2018, names of at least eight (8) known paramilitary members have been included. Among those in the list are Aldy Salusad, Dumanggol Salusad, Reyboy Salusad, Benjamin Salusad, Julieto Tapanan, Ronal Cabantao, Abing Gawilan, and Joas Licawan. Many are members of the New Indigenous People’s Army for Reform (NIPAR) and the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).
 
 

Karapatan slams Tokhang-style killing in Bicol

Karapatan strongly condemned the tokhang-style killing of Alfredo Merilos and companion Liz Ocampo by combined elements of the 9th Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army (IBPA) and the Philippine National Police- Camarines Sur on March 15, 2018 in a subdivision in Cararayan, Naga City, Camarines Sur. 

Karapatan hits PH immigration blacklisting of Canadian human rights activist

Karapatan decries the decision of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) placing Canadian citizen and human rights activist Emile Kinley-Gauthier’s name on the blacklist of the Bureau of Immigration.

Kinley-Gauthier was a participant in the International Conference on Human Rights in the Philippines on 18-21 July 2013. The conference was organized by the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), Karapatan and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace (EcuVoice).

UN bodies, int’l rights organizations decry Duterte government’s fake terrorist list

Aside from the statements of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and two UN special rapporteurs on the inclusion of the names of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and of human rights defenders in the Department of Justice petition proscribing the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations, statements of support and solidarity poured in from several other UN bodies and international human rights organizations decrying the Duterte administration’s fake terrorist list.

 

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment said “These charges must be dropped immediately, and support provided for the legitimate activities of these individuals who have UN mandates, and the civil society organizations with which they work…It is deeply concerning that authorities have routinely responded to the expressions of environmental and human rights defenders by criminalizing and delegitimizing their voices.” His full statement can be accessed through: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/statement/statement-response-allegations-terrorism-against-un-special-rapporteurs

Karapatan submits report on criminalization of IP rights defenders to UN Special Rapporteur on IPs

Karapatan today submitted an input on the attacks against indigenous rights defenders, in response to the call of the office of United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli Corpuz for her upcoming thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council on criminalization of indigenous peoples’ rights defenders.
 

Latest Duterte Spin to Get Away with Murder: Play the victim and withdraw ICC ratification

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s most recent decision to withdraw the State’s ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is indicative of his rabid refusal to be subjected to any and all forms of investigation or scrutiny. The Duterte regime is defensively peddling the narrative that all casualties in the drug war occurred during legitimate police operations. Despite this lie, this murderous regime is aware that there are relatives, witnesses, and individuals who can expose and demolish its half-baked stories. Thus, Duterte is choosing to cheat his way out of a mechanism that can potentially prove his culpability,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

On the eve of 20th anniversary of CARHRIHL: Victims of torture, illegal arrests file complaints vs GRP

“Torture victims and the kin of recently arrested peace consultant Rafael Baylosis and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) organizer Maoj Maga filed a complaint against the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) for violations under the the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). Tomorrow, March 16, will be the 20th year of CARHRIHL, yet the GRP and its state forces are still committing gross human rights violations, as exemplified by these cases,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor, accompanying torture victims Janry Mensis and “Jerry”, and Eleanor de Guzman, daughter of Rafael Baylosis and wife of Maoj Maga.  
 

On the DOJ dismissal of drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and 20 others

Karapatan called the Department of Justice’s resolution to drop drug trafficking charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa a “travesty” and “an indication of the department’s lack of credibility, integrity and basic common sense.” 

Espinosa, in a series of Senate hearings and while under oath, admitted to earning PhP50 million yearly in illegal drug trade and maintaining an illegal drug business. In a 14-page resolution, State prosecutors also dismissed drug charges against businessman Peter Lim and 20 others for “uncorroborated statements” and “lack of evidence”.
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