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Inquiry shows AFP not only rights violators but plunderers as well?

 

Karapatan: Gov't should look beyond the plea bargain

 
KARAPATAN lauds Heidi Mendoza.  She not only upheld government accountability as a public auditor. She dared face the powerful military institution to unravel a can of worms of plunder and corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – at the risk of her own and her family’s security. 

 

KARAPATAN asks Secretary de Lima to junk the NBI-DOJ panel findings on Co slay

Human rights group describes the DOJ-NBI fact-finding team report on Lenard Co and company as another piece of garbage that shields the military in their culpability in the massacre of respected botanist Lenard Co and staff last year in Kananga, Leyte.  

HR Day marked with the Aquino govt's withdrawal of charges vs the Morong 43 as “fruit of the just struggle for human rights"

COMMEMORATING International Human Rights Day in the Philippines, KARAPATAN and other human rights defenders assembled at the Welcome Rotunda in QC and formed a human chain of thousands along the entire stretch of Espana St. in Manila at noon today before marching towards Mendiola.

In Malacanang, Pres. Aquino ordered the Justice Department to withdraw the information against the detained Morong 43 health workers.

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES CONTINUE WITH IMPUNITY UNDER PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO III

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, we commend the Filipino people’s militant struggle for freedom and democracy and their international solidarity for defending and asserting human rights. This struggle has become more important and necessary with the worsening human rights violations and continuing impunity under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Karapatan to Pnoy: Stop retaliatory tactics against the Morong 43 on hunger strike!

The national human rights alliance Karapatan today called on the attention of the Philippine government authorities to stop the retaliatory tactics against the hunger strike staged by the Morong 43 political prisoners in the Camp Bagong Diwa detention center. 

“Nothing has changed under Aquino” -- Karapatan

THE NATIONAL human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, presented to the public its 2010 Human Rights Report saying that the violation of civil and political rights is “getting worse” and that “nothing has changed” in the rights situation under President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

“From the 18 killed in the last six months of Macapagal-Arroyo, there were already 20 victims of extra-judicial killings in the first four months of Pres. Noynoy Aquino,” KARAPATAN Chairperson  Marie Hilao-Enriquez said.  “Contrary to his promised change and daang matuwid (straight or righteous path), PNoy not only did not pursue justice for the victims, he is adding more victims to the already long list.  His promised ‘cases of extrajudicial killings need to be solved, not just identify the perpetrators but have them captured and sent to jail’ statement has fast become an empty forgotten promise as killings continue without let up.  In fact, perpetrators have become more atrocious and impunity is worsening,” a distraught Enriquez bewailed.

The report covered documented data up to the end of October this year.

"PNoy's designation of Col. Domingo Tutaan, Jr. as the new chief of the military's so-called Human Rights Office is an alarming message that no essential change will take place in the character of a repressive state," Enriquez added. “For a start, we ask how can Col. or soon to be BGen. Tutaan investigate his brother Lt. Col. Federico Tutaan in his unit’s involvement on the killing of the renowned botanist Leonard Co, and his companions?  This early,   the officer is already denying that they made an error in mistakenly identifying Co’s party as rebels and washing off his hands of culpability, ” Enriquez quipped.

Citizen-based fact-finding mission off to probe botanist's death

An independent citizen-based fact-finding mission, endorsed by the family of the country's top botanist, the late Leonardo Co, and led by the Justice for Leonardo Co Movement, sets off for Kananga, Leyte, today to probe the real cause and circumstances of the death of the renowned scientist and his two companions.

Karapatan calls on PNoy for CAFGU-dismantling as part of justice for Ampatuan massacre victims

AS THE NATION commemorates the first anniversary of the November 23 Ampatuan Massacre in Maguindanao, the national alliance of human rights groups, KARAPATAN, called for the dismantling of the Citizen's Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGU) and all paramilitary units used by political warlords as their private armies.

KARAPATAN denounces AFP and PNP raid of its Camarines Norte Office

A case of Morong 43 part 2?
KARAPATAN denounces AFP and PNP raid of its Camarines Norte Office: Morong 43 template now being applied to legal offices and other human rights defenders?

The human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, denounced the "Gestapo-style" raid and search conducted by combined  troops of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of the office shared by Karapatan-Camarines Norte, Makabayan and KMP at F Pimentel Ave., Pasig, Brgy II, Daet, Camarines Norte at ten thirty (1030) this morning.

Held in the raid by elements of the Daet Police and the 9th Infantry Division, 902nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army are four activists: Smith Bardon, Denver Bacolod, Mherlo Bermas and Elpidio de Luna.

Bardon is the Chair of KMP (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas or Philippant Movement), Bacolod is a KARAPATAN staff member, Bermas is a member of the Kabataan Party List, while de Luna is a former political prisoner just released last October.  Latest update from Daet is that Bardon, Bacolod and  Bermas, as well as de Luna are now together at the Daet PNP.  Bardon is reportedly charged with murder and the three are awaiting inquest tonight as they are held in the police station still without formal charges yet.

"Killing of the Philippines' top botanist, Leonardo L. Co: another case of shoot first, ask questions later?" -- KARAPATAN

THE KILLING of the country's top botanist, Leonardo L. Co, 56, in Tongonan, Ormoc, Leyte last Monday by Philippine Army soldiers who opened fire on civilians, may be "another case of shoot first, ask questions later," the human rights group KARAPATAN said. 

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