Karapatan

Karapatan hits Año's appointment as DILG head, warns against intensifying rights abuses

Karapatan earlier condemned the appointment of former AFP chief Eduardo Año as head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Año was among those charged in a criminal complaint for the disappearance and arbitrary detention of activist Jonas Burgos in 2011, among other rights violations. Prior to his appointment as AFP chief, Año was commanding officer of the 10th Infantry Division in Davao City, a division notorious for several rights abuses, including the Paquibato massacre which resulted to the killing of 3 indigenous people in Paquibato district, Davao City in 2015. 

On the filing of charges against perpetrators of the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio

The reported filing of murder charges against soldiers and paramilitary group members on the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio is a long-overdue measure in the long struggle for justice of his family, friends, and indigenous communities. Tentorio was killed on October 17, 2011, yet authorities have only managed to seemingly complete the investigation and file charges for preliminary investigation more than six years after. 

On the recent statement of UN experts on rights violations in Mindanao

Karapatan welcomes the joint statement of UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and on internally displaced persons Cecilia Jimenez-Damary expressing concern on human rights violations against indigenous communities in Mindanao, in the context of increasing militarization and martial law in Mindanao. 

Environmental activist illegally arrested in Ilocos

“The Duterte regime is once again showing its contempt for human rights and its advocates. Yesterday, Shewin De Vera, a human rights and environmental advocate, was illegally accosted by elements of the police while on his way home. There is now a trend of attack against human rights defenders who have been consistent in opposing Duterte’s anti-people policies. This fascist regime is now on a roll – incessantly curtailing people’s rights through killings, arrests, aerial bombardment, harassment, among other forms. With the escalation of these attacks, human rights and its advocates are put more at risk,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the arrest of Sherwin De Vera.

 

 

 

Martial law (ML) extension in Mindanao, an inch closer to nationwide ML

Karapatan, on December 11, 2017, questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to extend martial law for another year, following the AFP and the PNP’s recommendation. This is despite the AFP’s declaration of “victory” in Marawi.

“What, then, is the basis for extending martial law for another year? This is a dangerous precedent that inches the entire country closer to a nationwide declaration of martial rule. Martial law in Mindanao has paved the way for the intensification of rights violations – both within and outside of Marawi. We cannot expect the institution to benefit most from another year of martial law to decide against it. If this is allowed in Congress, speculation will be enough to put the entire country under martial law, creating an environment for State security forces to continue violations without accountability,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan’s Statement on International Human Rights Day 2017

“Today, we are once again confronted by the truth that governments do not grant people their rights. We always have to fight for our rights. We are once again faced by a very difficult and perilous situation, as we are confronted by State terrorism which knows no limit. Our response is to stand our ground and staunchly make our voices louder and our actions stronger against tyranny and impending full pledged dictatorship,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on December 10, 2017, International Human Rights Day. 

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Duterte cooking up a fullblown dictatorship - Karapatan

On the eve of International Human Rights Day 2017, Karapatan held a cooking demonstration dubbed as “What’s Cooking in Malacañang?” featuring “Duterte’s recipes for a fascist dictatorship.”

 

Dishes included in the said activity are Digong’s Dinuguan, Pasta Pasista, and Papaitang Buhay, with recipes describing the human and people’s rights situation in the country. The event placed a spin on Duterte’s Kitchen and used the President’s response to jeepney drivers who participated in a 2-day transport strike last October: “Mahirap kayo? Magtiis kayo sa hirap at gutom, wala akong pakialam.”

 

 

Karapatan submits info to UN on recent Lumad massacre, forcible evacuation in Mindanao

On December 7, 2017, Karapatan submitted a letter addressed to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, raising the attacks against indigenous leaders and communities in the country in line with the military’s counterinsurgency operations and President Duterte’s martial law imposition in Mindanao.

International rights NGOs decry killings of human rights defenders in PH

International human rights NGOs expressed their condemnation of the recent killings of human rights defenders in the Philippines, days before the commemoration of International Human Rights Day on December 10. These include Amnesty International (AI), Front Line Defenders (FLD), and the World Organization against Torture (OMCT).

“Amnesty International is alarmed by the rising killings of human rights defenders and political activists in the Philippines. In recent weeks, a growing number of activists, community and religious leaders have been fatally shot by unknown gunmen. Fatalities include long term activists Elisa Badayos, Eleuterio Moises, and religious leader Marcelito ‘Tito’ Paez in Nueva Ecija, Luzon,” AI said in a statement on December 6, 2017. [Full AI statement through this: PHILIPPINES: POLITICAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS KILLED]

Karapatan to Duterte: Valium? No thanks, you need it more than we do

“Duterte’s fentanyl-laden speech is often incoherrent and difficult to make sense of, but his policies and threats do the work of providing us with an unmistakably evident picture of the direction and brutality of his regime. Duterte should be the one taking valium after his government’s relentless attacks against rights defenders, progressives and dissenters of anti-people policies. It is he who needs to calm down, not us,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in reaction to Duterte’s statement yesterday, December 6, telling human rights advocates to take valium.

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