Karapatan

Two years of Aquino presidency: Intensified military operations

AFP modernization budget aggravates HR situation, militarization

“This is where the people’s taxes go—to buy arms and ammunition to protect the interests of big business and landlords and against innocent civilians and those who defend their lives and livelihood,” said Karapatan spokesperson, Cristina Palabay.

Two years of Aquino Presidency: Increasing repression of political prisoners

Alan Jazmines stealthily  transferred to Bicutan jail 

Government authorities should immediately explain the sudden, stealthy transfer of political prisoner Alan Jazmines from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan early this morning of June 29. 

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan slammed the move “because it reeks of treachery. Alan Jazmines was not even allowed to call his legal counsel and the Custodial Center has not provided any reason for the haste in Jasmines’s transfer.” 

“The chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should likewise answer for the PNP’s action. We learned that she was with Supt. Cesar Magsino, chief of the PNP Custodial Center, when Jazmines was transported to Bicutanand that she knew of the plan days before. The CHR chairperson could have at the very least facilitated Jazmines’s request to talk to his lawyers,” added Hilao-Enriquez. 

Two years of Aquino presidency: impunity prevails

Killing of 3rd witness to Ampatuan massacre, testament of prevailing impunity under Aquino 

Karapatan today scored the reported killing of Alijol Ampatuan, the third witness in the Ampatuan massacre case to have suffered the same fate, as “it bears the seal of impunity prevalent under the Arroyo up to the current Aquino administration.”

Karapatan spokesperson and End Impunity Alliance convenor Cristina Palabay said “Alijol Ampatuan’s killing is a testament to the prevailing climate of impunity in the Philippines, where victims, their kin, and witnesses are silenced through summary executions and where justice for rights violations remains a distant reality under the Aquino presidency, as it approaches the 2nd year of term.”

KARAPATAN dares AFP to open military camps to prove Palparan is not there

“The print on my t-shirt has faded,” said Connie Empeno matter-of-factly.  Her shirt displayed her daughter’s photo with the call “Surface Karen and Sherlyn.”  Connie is Karen Empeno’s mother, and it has been six years since she started wearing the shirt during ‘camp searches’ to look for her daughter and during mobilizations to press the government to surface Karen and Sherlyn.

Image of Palparan in stencil being painted by members of rights organizations   

Karen and Sherlyn Cadapan are missing since 2006. Today, June 26 2012 marks the 6th year of their disappearance, as it also marks the worldwide commemoration of the United Nations International Day to Support Victims of Torture.

KARAPATAN and its regional chapters marked the day through a nationally coordinated “Search the camps for Palparan” to impress on the Aquino government “to go beyond press releases and get serious in finding  one of the most notorious human rights violator in this country,” said Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Karapatan. It has been six months since Gen. Palparan was issued a warrant of arrest by the Malolos Regional Trial Court.   

Aquino’s two years in office marked with continuing rights violations and impunity

 

On the eve of the world commemoration of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Karapatan renewed its call for the “People’s Manhunt” for Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and other notorious human rights violators who remain fugitives from the bar of justice as the human rights group sees the continuation of the climate of impunity in the first two years of the Aquino administration.

“Run for your life” highlights rights groups’ demand to jail Gen. Jovito Palparan

Members of rights groups, students, academe and joggers today ‘captured’ fugitive general ‘Jovito Palparan’ after a 4.4 kilometer run dubbed  ‘Run for your life (this is not a fun run)’ around the academic oval at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. 


runners run against torture and impunity  
“ ‘Run for your life’ commemorates the abduction and enforced disappearance of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño six years ago. The run echoes the call of their mothers Erlinda Cadapan and Connie Empeno for us to persist in looking for Palparan who remains at-large, six months after the Malolos Regional Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and illegal detention,” said Gidget Estrella, convenor of Tanggulan Youth Network, one of the event sponsors. 

Still no justice as Arroyo receives kid-gloved treatment from Malacañang

 
Today, as the defense lawyers of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo present their client’s plea for bail at the Pasay Regional Trial Court, human rights group Karapatan joins members of people’s organizations under BAYAN in a rally outside the court premises urging for the immediate junking of Arroyo’s motion for bail and her immediate prosecution for electoral sabotage and human rights cases.
 

Expedite resumption of talks, release political prisoners

“We welcome the June 16 joint statement of the NDF and the GPH peace panels saying that both agreed to ‘continue meaningful discussions prior to formal talks’.  It is a ray of optimism for the NDFP consultants, staff and all the political prisoners that they will soon be free, “ enthuses Marie Hilao Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan.

Karapatan calls on Congress to make AFP accountable for continuing rights abuses, to produce Palparan

Human rights group Karapatan today held a picket at the gates of the House of Representatives as Congress resumed its probe on rights violations under the Aquino government, this time with the military testifying on several cases they were allegedly involved in. 

End Killings 

GPH hounded by persistent concerns on EJK, disappearances and torture at UN rights review

GENEVA-- As the Chief Justice of the Philippines was being handed down a verdict in the impeachment trial, the Philippine government was also undergoing a similar process of accountability, this time before the United Nations.

End Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines!, End Impunity!, Free all Political Prisoners! - the Filipino people speak out. 

Around 69 countries quizzed the Philippine government on its human rights record, Tuesday May 29 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Philippines participated in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council. One after the other, at least 22 countries expressed concerns on the continuing spate of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture in particular, and impunity in general, according to the Philippine UPR Watch. Several countries also called on the Philippine government to dismantle all paramilitary groups and militias.

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