Karapatan

On the 20th year of landmark peace and human rights agreement between GRP, NDFP, rights violations continue unabated

Karapatan, along with Kadamay and Balikwas Kadamay, filed 15 complaints on human rights violations under the Duterte government at the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on August 7, 2018.
 

Nat’l ID system, a wolf in sheep’s clothing

“Time and again, we have reiterated that this law, the national identification system, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the ratification of the national ID system, adding that this will lead to wholesale rights violations, primarily of the people’s rights to freedom of movement and privacy, right against surveillance, and right to unhampered and non-discriminatory provision of social services.

Women’s rights group condemns persecution of Makabayan reps, supports #DefendLiza campaign

Tanggol Bayi, an association of women human rights defenders in the Philippines, condemns the political persecution mounted by the Duterte regime against the four former Makabayan representatives. We express our support for National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza. We have worked with her and her office in defining the agenda for urban poor women, especially for women vendors in the informal sector who lack insurance and any form of social protection, as well as in the staunch defense of WHRDs at risk or those under attack.  

Unchecked, arbitrary military powers under ML suffocating indigenous communities in Mindanao

“The Philippine military’s design for the communities in Lianga, Surigao del Sur is not just one of a quick execution of individuals, similar to the work of their paramilitary minions in September 2015. This is systemic, brutal and cruel persecution of an entire community in defense of their ancestral land by denying them security, food, water, medicine, and other necessities. Essentially, this is State terror compounded by the unchecked, arbitrary powers of the military under Mindanao martial law,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
 
 
(Photo from Save Our Schools-Caraga)

PNP, NutriAsia use tanim-suspect scheme to criminalise workers, their supporters and journalists - Karapatan

“Philippine National Police and NutriAsia used an inmate who has already been imprisoned since 2016, beat him to force him into a script of being among the striking workers, and used him as evidence to justify the brutality during the dispersal is an act of imbecility. This is reflective of how the PNP uses false stories to justify their crimes, and their complete disregard for the people’s rights. We strongly condemn the cheap tricks of these disgusting, spineless, shameless, and lying con artists,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan condemns recent violent dispersal, arrest of NutriAsia workers, supporters and journalists

"We are enraged by the violent dispersal of workers who have already been victimized by the company’s unfair labor practices. We likewise condemn NutriAsia, its security personnel and the Philippine National Police in Bulacan for this brutality. The NutriAsia management even had the audacity to claim in a statement that a gunshot was fired from the ranks of the workers when evidence and testimonies attest that a mass was ongoing prior to the dispersal. NutriAsia has the audacity to call for compliance to the rule of law when it has primarily violated the rights of workers, ignored labor laws and general labor standards," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the violent dispersal on the afternoon of July 30, 2018, and NutriAsia’s statement thereafter.

State forces tighten noose on human rights workers and indigenous communities

On July 28, 2018, a 23-member fact finding mission composed of human rights workers from Karapatan Southern Tagalog were on their way to Atimonan, Quezon aboard a jeepney when they were fired at by men on-board a motorcycle. The mission team members were set to investigate reports of rights violations due to militarization in Atimonan, including the alleged death of 2 residents from Montes Callagan, Atimonan. The perpetrators attacked the mission team’s vehicle while they were still in Brgy. Bilukaw, Pitugo, Quezon, around 30 kilometers from the team’s destination. Bullets hit the vehicle’s wheels but none from the team were hurt.

Warrant of Arrest for 4 Makabayan reps signals unabated, intensifying repression

“This is a trademark of repression,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the release of a warrant of arrest for former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño, former Gabriela partylist representative and National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, and former Anakpawis representative and former DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano.

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(Photo: Lawyers, allies, members of the Makabayan bloc, and members of progressive organizations held a press conference on the political persecution of Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casino, and Rafael Mariano on July 27, 2018.)

Karapatan: Corrupt, shameless Arroyo belongs in jail, not as house speaker

“Lest we forget that the murderous Arroyo regime is responsible for 1,206 extrajudicial killings during her 9-year term, 204 enforced disappearances and thousands of illegal arrests, appointing her as the new House Speaker will pave the way for more repressive legislation that will further justify rights violations. It will be a gross injustice to all victims of rights abuses under her term -  a testament to the prevailing climate of impunity so fervently preserved by President Duterte,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor. 
 
 

Karapatan: Duterte’s statement on human rights during 3rd SONA reveals his ignorance

Karapatan chided Duterte in his speech referring to human rights issues during his 3rd State of the Nation as “mere rhetoric, meant to appease public outrage over rights violations.” 

“Duterte’s take on human rights vis-à-vis human lives just emphasized how oblivious he is on the subject. This is expected from someone infamous for rights violations and for enabling more butchers in the police and military. It baffles us how someone who backed and directed the killing of thousands of Filipinos can muster the audacity to claim that he’s fighting for human lives. He’s utterly shameless,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

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