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Karapatan calls for the immediate release, humane treatment of hors de combat Zaldy Cañete

Human rights group Karapatan today echoed the calls of the family of wounded combatant Zaldy Cañete, reportedly an official of the New People’s Army Pulang Bagani Command, and that of the Exodus for Justice and Peace for his immediate release and humane treatment.

Rights group slams acquittal of police officers in illegal arrest, torture of security guard Rolly Panesa

Karapatan expressed disappointment on the ruling of the Regional Trial Court Branch 36 of Calamba, Laguna yesterday, May 16, 2018, on the criminal cases filed by security guard Rolly Panesa against four police officers and other John and Jane Does.

A Tale of Three Mothers

Today, mothers’ day, the shops and malls put out all the stops to entice families to celebrate that one day of the year to honor mothers, while 3-year old Luis* is probably oblivious to all these commercial celebrations of mothers’ day.

Luis doesn’t live with his mother, yet he is being reminded of his mother all his life, all the time, by his father, grandparents, friends and colleagues of his mother, or even strangers who come in  for a visit. And whenever family finances allow, Luis visits his mother at the Taguig City Jail Female Dorm in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Duterte’s “strongman” image, a facade of cowardice

“Strongmen” like Rodrigo Duterte exercise power through State terror and violence with impunity, couched in populist language that misleads the public and trains the guns of his armed forces and police on his perceived enemies - the people. His “strength” comes from dehumanizing the urban poor and workers by calling them “drug addicts” and “lazy criminals,” by tagging activists and political dissenters as “terrorists,” and by branding any and all criticism to his anti-people policies as forms of “destabilization.”

Duterte uses BS Aquino’s repressive immigration policy to suppress rights

“Two wrongs do not make a right. Both the Duterte and the Aquino governments are accountable for the creation and continued use of repressive policies, no doubt for their own gains. In any case, regardless of this useless and ludicrous blaming game, the fact is that this BI order is already being put to use to persecute a nun who has spent almost three decades of her life serving poor communities in the country," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in response to Duterte's speech Sunday, April 29, on the basis of the Bureau of Immigration’s decision regarding Sr. Patricia Fox. 

Killings of priest, peasant leader indicate thriving climate of impunity in PH

“When the Church stands up for the poor, its people become targets,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, referring to the killing of priest Fr. Mark Ventura in Cagayan yesterday, April 29, 2018.

Political prisoners call the revocation of Sr. Pat’s missionary visa as “anti-Filipino”

“She speaks our language by heart,” said political prisoners (PPs) in Taguig City Jail, SICA-1 in a statement. The political detainees expressed their dismay on the Bureau of Immigration’s decision to revoke the missionary visa of Sr. Patricia Fox, citing evidence of her alleged political activities which include her support for the release of political prisoners.

Int’l anti-torture organizations condemn ill-treatment of Moro human rights activist by US authorities

News Release | April 27, 2018

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), released an urgent statement and alert  condemning the “ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, and subsequent deportation of Mr. Jerome Succor Aba, and calls upon the US authorities to guarantee in all circumstances the right to freedom of movement, peaceful assembly, and association of all human rights defenders in the USA.” 

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Massacre in Bicol, killing of a minor in Davao del Sur among the military’s latest atrocities – Karapatan

“Amid several national issues gripping the news, the Duterte regime has continued its atrocities in the countryside, again conveniently sweeping violations in their false grand narrative of ‘they are all NPAs.’ Last week, the military killed a minor and even tagged the victim as an NPA child soldier. Though humiliated by the parent’s outright rebuttal of their lies, this nonetheless reflects the government’s ongoing terrorist acts in peasant and indigenous communities, coupled by their distortion of the truth to cover their crimes,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the death of 15-year-old Jhun Mark Acto in what the military alleged was an encounter in Brgy. Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur on April 21, 2018.

Karapatan challenges Cayetano to file diplomatic protest vs US gov’t on torture of Moro rights activist

“Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano harps on national sovereignty whenever international actors criticize the Philippine government on its human rights record. If Cayetano meant an ounce of truth in his pronouncements that the country should fully exercise its rights as a sovereign nation, he should uphold the rights of a Filipino citizen who suffered Guantanamo-style torture, among other violations, under the US government. We challenge him to file a diplomatic protest against the Trump administration for the cruel and inhuman acts of the US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection against Filipino Moro human rights activist Jerome Succor Aba,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

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