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Rights group says GMA lying to UN on human rights situation, likens regime to military rule in Burma

In a press conference today in Quezon City, the Philippine NGO delegation that attended the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva denounced the lies being propagated by Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said: "Telling the UN that the Arroyo regime respects human rights is a barefaced lie. The spate of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations is proof that Arroyo and her cohorts are human rights violators."

Rights groups call for investigation of mall bombing as they continue to seek justice for other victims of HR violations

Karapatan and Hustisya commiserate with the bereaved families of our eight compatriots killed and 89 injured in the tragic bombing of the Glorietta 2 mall yesterday.

As we gather today in Plaza Salamanca, Manila, to pay tribute to and demand justice for our loved ones, friends and compatriots who were victims of state violence, we likewise join the nation in seeking justice for the victims of the Glorietta 2 bombing.

We join the call for a thorough investigation, arrest, trial and punishment of those responsible for the blast.

‘What the Supreme Court giveth, Gloria taketh away’ - Karapatan

Philippine human rights group Karapatan criticized President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for what it termed “a move to shield the military from its accountability to the people,” by issuing Administrative Order 197.

Karapatan likewise said that the writ of amparo and the writ of habeas data that the Supreme Court recently approved will be contradicted by AO 197 that prevents the “disclosure of military secrets.”

“What the Supreme Court giveth, Gloria Arroyo taketh away,” said Karapatan Public Information Officer Ruth Cervantes.

Rights group hit PNP deception on ‘solved’ cases of killings and disappearances

The announcement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that 56 cases of extrajudicial killings solved came as no surprise to human rights group Karapatan but criticized the PNP for deception.

“It is simply ridiculous if not totally deceiving that our police force keeps on insisting that cases are solved with the mere identification of suspects and filing of complaints,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary said.

“A case is solved when the perpetrators are convicted and put behind bars.” Clamor continues. 

GMA, like Erap must answer for her crimes too

A day after the Sandiganbayan handed over the guilty verdict of ousted President Joseph Estrada on plunder charges, the human rights alliance Karapatan said “Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, like Erap, must answer for her crimes too.”

Karapatan was one of the first few organizations that called for Estrada’s ouster due to human rights violations caused by the regime’s Oplan Makabayan.

Save the lives of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño! Surface them and other desaparecidos!

The families of victims of enforced disappearances under the banner of Desaparecidos and the human rights alliance Karapatan today welcomed the news that the Manalo brothers had escaped their military captors and tormentors. We likewise share the hope of the Cadapan and Empeño families with the news that the Manalo brothers saw Sherlyn and Karen alive.

We laud Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo’s bravery in telling the world of the plight of other compatriots who have been abducted and held in ‘ghost prisons’ by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

ISAFP tells daughter of abducted NDF consultant: "He's on our list but we do not have him"

The daughter of abducted NDF (National Democratic Front) consultant Leo Velasco yesterday went “camp hopping” in search of her father but failed to locate him.  She however said that their conversation with the intelligence agent at ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) strengthened her suspicion that her father is under military custody.

Karapatan willing to participate in Puno’s summit, hopes victims and HR advocates will not be marginalized

The Philippine human rights group KARAPATAN today welcomed the human rights summit called for by Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno and announced its willingness to participate.

In its letter sent to Puno, Karapatan expressed its intent to join the human rights summit and congratulated the Chief Justice in calling for a human rights summit as a response to the multi-sectoral efforts to help stop human rights violations in the Philippines. 

KARAPATAN says GMA government not complying with UN Convention against Torture

The human rights group KARAPATAN said that the Arroyo government is not complying, and is in fact violating the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  The said convention was entered into force on 26 June 1987 and ratified by the Philippine government on October 23, 1987.

KARAPATAN, a human rights watchdog monitoring government compliance to human rights instruments, said torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment continue to be recorded in the Philippines under the Arroyo regime, among them:

Trillanes probe asked to open safehouses, secret detention places

The Philippine human rights alliance KARAPATAN welcomed the planned probe on extrajudicial killings of former soldier and now senator-elect Antonio Trillanes.

KARAPATAN Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said, “We laud Senator Trillanes for this move to put the Arroyo administration to task for the unabated extrajudicial killings.”

KARAPATAN likewise welcomes the pronouncements made by top anti-Arroyo military officials who said that they will provide the detained senator-elect with evidence once he begins work in the Senate next month.

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