Karapatan

On Malacañang’s refusal to lift martial law in Mindanao

The Duterte regime’s adamant defense for the continuing imposition of martial law in Mindanao speaks of its militarist and ineffective approach in addressing the root causes of the social problems that spawned the armed conflicts in Mindanao and elsewhere.

Karapatan’s comments on the current issues pertaining to martial law and the proposed legislation on the national ID system

Dear friends,

Please find Karapatan’s comments on the current issues pertaining to martial law and the proposed legislation on the national ID system. You may attribute the comments to Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay for your reports. Thank you.

Karapatan Public Information Desk

ON THE RECENT BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION ORDER ON THE CASE OF SR. PATRICIA FOX

Karapatan decries the most recent Bureau of Immigration order denying Sr. Patricia Fox’s appeal on the BI’s earlier ruling to revoke her missionary visa as an act that truly reflects the agency’s propensity to deny due process rights to foreign missionaries and human rights defenders like Sr. Pat, at the whim and caprice of President Duterte.

Mindanao Under Martial Law, A Year of State Terror - Karapatan

Days before the first year of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2018, Karapatan received reports on the killing of an industrial worker of a banana plantation and the arbitrary arrest of a trade union organizer, both in the Southern Mindanao region.

Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said that “these two latest reported cases are emblematic of the type of human and people’s rights violations perpetrated by state forces in Mindanao under martial law - brazenly committed with impunity targeting civilians considered ‘enemies of the state.”

Mindanao Under Martial Law, A Year of State Terror: A Report on the First Year of Imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao

Mindanao Under Martial Law, A Year of State Terror

A Report on the First Year of Imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao 

May 23, 2018

The year 2017 unfolded Duterte’s true nature, a greedy and cruel war-mongering president who uses his power to perpetrate a killing rampage against the Filipino people through his war on drugs and his own brand of war-on-terror through the imposition and extension of martial law in Mindanao and his continuing implementation of government’s counterinsurgency program presently Oplan Kapayapaan which primarily targets Southern Philippines. 

Karapatan calls for the immediate release, humane treatment of hors de combat Zaldy Cañete

Human rights group Karapatan today echoed the calls of the family of wounded combatant Zaldy Cañete, reportedly an official of the New People’s Army Pulang Bagani Command, and that of the Exodus for Justice and Peace for his immediate release and humane treatment.

Rights group slams acquittal of police officers in illegal arrest, torture of security guard Rolly Panesa

Karapatan expressed disappointment on the ruling of the Regional Trial Court Branch 36 of Calamba, Laguna yesterday, May 16, 2018, on the criminal cases filed by security guard Rolly Panesa against four police officers and other John and Jane Does.

A Tale of Three Mothers

Today, mothers’ day, the shops and malls put out all the stops to entice families to celebrate that one day of the year to honor mothers, while 3-year old Luis* is probably oblivious to all these commercial celebrations of mothers’ day.

Luis doesn’t live with his mother, yet he is being reminded of his mother all his life, all the time, by his father, grandparents, friends and colleagues of his mother, or even strangers who come in  for a visit. And whenever family finances allow, Luis visits his mother at the Taguig City Jail Female Dorm in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Duterte’s “strongman” image, a facade of cowardice

“Strongmen” like Rodrigo Duterte exercise power through State terror and violence with impunity, couched in populist language that misleads the public and trains the guns of his armed forces and police on his perceived enemies - the people. His “strength” comes from dehumanizing the urban poor and workers by calling them “drug addicts” and “lazy criminals,” by tagging activists and political dissenters as “terrorists,” and by branding any and all criticism to his anti-people policies as forms of “destabilization.”

Duterte uses BS Aquino’s repressive immigration policy to suppress rights

“Two wrongs do not make a right. Both the Duterte and the Aquino governments are accountable for the creation and continued use of repressive policies, no doubt for their own gains. In any case, regardless of this useless and ludicrous blaming game, the fact is that this BI order is already being put to use to persecute a nun who has spent almost three decades of her life serving poor communities in the country," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in response to Duterte's speech Sunday, April 29, on the basis of the Bureau of Immigration’s decision regarding Sr. Patricia Fox. 

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