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UN called upon to heed victims of terror in its review of Arroyo's rights record

In the observance of the International Women's Month and in their monthly Saturday gathering, women relatives and friends of victims of human rights violations linked arms with other human rights defenders at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, in a bid to call the attention of the United Nations to the human rights record of the Arroyo administration.

Women human rights defenders call for removal of rights violator in Malacañang

Women human rights defenders and relatives of human rights violations victims (HRVVs) belonging to Karapatan, Desaparecidos, Hustisya! today kicked off the commemoration of International Women's Month with renewed calls to remove the sitting president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"A first step towards justice is to drive out the thief and human rights violator in Malacanang. Palayasin ang babaeng lapastangan!" said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan, a leading human rights organization in the Philippines.

People power will deliver us from 'Evil'

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of People Power, we human rights defenders under the banner of Karapatan salute the swelling ranks of Filipinos calling for the removal of the thieving, murderous and puppet Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.

We put our faith in the Filipino people because they yearn for change and work for it, contrary to the administration's "people power fatigue" line which is a self-serving rant from those deathly afraid of suffering the same fate as the late dictator Marcos and plunderer Estrada, both ousted by people power.

In the face of the Lozada abduction, new cases of disappearances

Congress called upon to immediately enact laws against enforced disappearance and torture

At the hearing of the Committee on human rights, the human rights alliance Karapatan today called upon members of Congress to immediately enact a law against enforced disappearance and torture in the face of the abduction of NBN-ZTE probe witness Rodolfo Noel “Jun” Lozada, Jr. by military personnel and new cases of enforced disappearances in Negros Oriental and Pampanga.

The case of Lozada, according to Karapatan, bears the mark of enforced disappearance as defined in HB 2263, consistent with the definition of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Rights groups oppose Gen. Esperon’s office term extension

Human rights groups join a caravan to oppose the term extension of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., a day before his birthday.

"Today, on the eve of General Esperon's birthday, we present to him this symbolic cake to remind him how he served the Filipino people by violating their rights rather than protecting them," Jigs Clamor, deputy secretary general of Karapatan, said.

Razon, Malacañang et al caught lying through their teeth

The families of victims of enforced disappearance today commiserates with surfaced ZTE scandal witness Rodolfo Lozada Jr. and urge him to be strong enough to tell his story, and prove how the Arroyo regime and its cohorts lied through their teeth.

Strong international pressure against GMA's reeking human rights record is behind decrease in killings

As we tremble at the thought that the President and Commander-In-Chief doesn't have any compunction in violating human rights - as evidenced by the police's abduction yesterday at the airport of a rich and known personality like Mr. Rodolfo Lozada, Jr., star witness to the anomalous ZTE deal -- we are enraged at the systematic, brazen deception that this regime put out to cover up gross human rights violations.

I hope to see my parents free

Writ of Amparo hearing for Elizabeth Principe and Leo Velasco

Surface Leo Velasco!The daughter of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants Elizabeth Principe and Leo Velasco expressed hopes that the writ of amparo will help her set both her parents free. Today, the Court of Appeals Special 8th Division opens the hearing on the writ of amparo filed by Lorena Santos, 25, daughter of the said NDFP consultants.

Lorena is optimistic that the writ of amparo will lead the way for her father's surfacing, and for her mother's release.

Rights group slams Esperon extension

The human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, slams the term extension of Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr.  His continued stay in the command of the Armed Forces will mean more extrajudicial executions, disappearances and other forms of human rights violations. 

Kin of Missing NDFP Consultant Files Amparo Petition

Families hope writ of amparo will lead to surfacing Prudencio Calubid et al

Today, the families of missing National Democratic Front consultant and his companions filed with the Regional Trial Court Branch 51 a petition for their release and other relief. With this, the families rekindle hopes to still find NDF consultant Prudencio Calubid and wife Celina Palma, their niece Gloria Soco and NDFP staff Ariel Beloy, who have all been missing for 19 months.

"The recent surfacing of abduction victims by the military renewed our hopes that we will still find them," said Mary Guy Portajada, spokesperson of the Families of the Desaparecidos for Justice or Desaparecidos.

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