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Lumad in Surigao del Sur evacuate yet again, military withholding relief

“This is the Duterte regime’s version of peace – terrorizing communities and strengthening military rule over civilians. This trend has progressively worsened under Duterte, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines turning indigenous and peasant communities into their playground for rights abuses. Their unwanted presence in rural areas has once again caused the evacuation of more than a thousand individuals,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

 

 

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Karapatan demands immediate release of 13 rights defenders, dev’t workers arrested in General Santos City

Karapatan decried the arrest of thirteen human rights defenders and church development workers on the evening of July 4, 2018 in General Santos City, during a program consultation of volunteers and partners of the Iglesia Filipino Independiente- Visayas Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD) on peasant and Lumad issues at the Mother Francisca Spirituality Center in Radasa St., Brgy. Lagao.

On the reported police strip search demo on a female drug suspect in Makati

Karapatan deplores the dehumanizing strip search of a female drug suspect in a police station in Makati City as an act of cruel and degrading treatment of a person arrested and/or detained. Police personnel who were involved in the said act should be meted out with punishment under the Anti-Torture Law, while their superiors should be investigated as well to look into their accountability, considering the principle of command responsibility under the said law.    

Duterte regime’s road to “peace” is all-out war and terror vs the people

In the past days, officials of the Duterte administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines took turns in justifying the regime’s full-scale war against the Filipino people and suppression of political dissent, as if the current human rights situation isn’t precarious as it is with the all-out assault on civil liberties and people’s rights. 

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Human and people’s rights catastrophe in PH on Duterte’s 2nd year

Change made a turn for the worse in the two years of the Duterte presidency.

Under Duterte’s rule remains a large army of unemployed and contractual workers paid with a pittance of wages, a people burdened with additional taxes and higher prices of goods and services, millions of peasants displaced by foreign and domestic big businesses and landlords, indigenous people who lost their land from mining companies, and urban and rural poor communities dislocated by his Build, Build, Build programs. 

Killings, detention of peasants show Duterte’s contempt for the poor majority - Karapatan

Karapatan condemned the recent killing of peasant leaders Julius Broce Barellano and Arnel Penaso, as well as the recent illegal arrest and detention of peasant organizer Pedro Lumantas, saying these rights violations further demonstrate “the Duterte regime’s contempt for the majority of poor peasants in the country.”

On June 27, 2018, Barellano, 36, Chairperson of the Hacienda Medina Farmworkers’ Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, was shot by an unnamed assailant at around 8:30 in the morning. The victim was about to enter their family’s house when the assailant onboard a motorcycle shot him in the foot and chest. He was rushed to the San Carlos City Hospital, but he did not survive.

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Detention, harassment of foreign missionaries, a dark legacy of a paranoid and murderous regime - Karapatan

“The nearly 2-month detention of a Methodist missionary from Zimbabwe and the harassment of two other missionaries from the US and Malawi demonstrate the paranoia overdrive of a brutal and repressive regime that has much to hide. At the same time, it also shows the Duterte administration’s dire lack of understanding and respect for the right of peoples to extend international solidarity to Filipinos who bear the brunt of this anti-people government,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on recent reports on the situation of foreign missionaries who participated in an international ecumenical fact-finding mission on rights violations in Mindanao.

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Puspusang Labanan ang Tortyur at Iba pang Kalupitan ng Estado, Pahayag ng Bilanggong Pulitikal sa Camp Bagong Diwa

Puspusang Labanan ang Tortyur at Iba pang Kalupitan ng Estado

Pahayag ng Bilanggong Pulitikal sa Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City

Hunyo 26, 2018, Pandaigdigang Araw Laban sa Tortyur

 

May batas ang Gobyerno ng Republika ng Pilipinas laban sa tortyur mula pa noong 2009. Pormal na kinikilala doon ang absolutong karapatan at kalayaan sa tortyur, at itinuturing ang tortyur bilang krimen sa lahat ng kalagayan at panahon. Lumagda ang gobyerno sa kasunduan laban sa tortyur at iba pang porma ng pagmamalupit tulad ng Convention Against Torture ng United Nations. Nariyan din ang kasunduan sa pagitan ng GRP at National Democratic Front na CARHRIHL, o ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, na nagtataguyod ng karapatang sibil, pulitikal, pang-ekonomiya at pangkultura.

Duterte perpetuates the policy and practice of torture - Karapatan

As the human rights organization commemorated the International Day Against Torture, Karapatan deplored the continuing policy and practice of torture used by State forces under Duterte.

“Duterte’s disregard for the most basic rights and freedoms and his promotion of the culture of impunity in the country have made it possible for the perpetuation of torture and other cruel and degrading treatment in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor.

Remove PH at the UN Human Rights Council, initiate commission on inquiry on PH - Karapatan

In the light of the recent joint statement of 38 states led by Iceland at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Karapatan reissued its call for the removal of the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council and for the human rights body to initiate an international fact-finding mission and commission on inquiry on the Philippines.

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