Martial law extension in Mindanao will result to more right violations - Karapatan

“With martial law still in full effect in Mindanao.  The human rights situation has already worsened due to the continuing implementation of Duterte’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, but this is all the more compounded by Duterte’s termination of the GRP peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the recent verbal threats by the President. With Malacanang poised to extend the martial law declaration in Mindanao and, possibly, to expand the coverage nationwide, the situation is set to become much more urgent and dangerous,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, citing the recent spate of violations in Mindanao, including a smear campaign against leaders of progressive organizations in Southern Mindanao and the forced evacuation of Lumad communities in Caraga due to intensified operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). 

Karapatan files additional complaints on EJKs to UN experts

Karapatan submitted a letter of allegation concerning twenty-five (25) cases of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by State security forces in line with the Duterte government’s counter-insurgency program to United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions Ms. Agnes Callamard and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst today, December 2, 2017. 

Members of factfinding mission in Negros shot; 2 dead, one wounded

Three members of the factfinding mission team were shot by unnamed men at around 2:40 this afternoon at Brgy. San Ramon, Bayawan, Negros Oriental. Elisa Badayos, coordinator Karapatan Negros Oriental and Eleuterio Moises, a barangay tanod and member of local peasant organization Mantapi Ebwan Farmers Association, were pronounced dead-on-arrival after having been brought to a hospital in Bayawan. Carmen Matarlo, a 23-year-old member of Kabataan Partylist-Cebu was also reportedly wounded.

Duterte’s foul remarks against UN expert are words of a fascist madman – Karapatan

“Duterte’s repeated public statements insulting and threatening physical violence on United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing Agnes Callamard are not only deplorable and undiplomatic pronouncements of a head of state, but are dangerous acts undermining international human rights mechanisms that are in place to provide redress to victims of rights violations and peoples suffering from State violence. To defend these statements as ‘unorthodox rhetoric’ is simply a lame excuse to promote further rights violations and impunity,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque commented on the recent statements of the UN High Commissioner for Human Right defending Callamard.

Political killings, abduction, and forcible evacuation mark days after Duterte’s threats to crackdown on progressive groups

“Duterte’s verbal threats have had chilling implications on the ground. With a bloodthirsty and trigger-happy military and police to do his bidding, the Duterte regime has, without hesitation, used all ploys within its power to terrorize individuals and entire communities. The recipe for repression detailed by past fascist regimes has been compounded by more innovations, courtesy of Duterte, his imperialist masters, and their loyal Cabinet security cluster. From the drug war, the US-driven counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, and martial law in Mindanao, the formation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA) and his termination of the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have been added to the mix. This has resulted to the spate of killings and arrests in just a matter of days,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Anti-terror law legitimizes repression, violation of civil and political rights – Karapatan

“The Anti-Terror Law (or the Human Security Act) or Republic Act 9372 is a dangerous law, so ambiguous and vague, that it can only be seen as a tool to criminalize any and all political dissenters arbitrarily. Now, the fascists in government are at it again – rabidly tagging genuine opposition as terrorists in a delirious frenzy. The Duterte regime is citing the anti-terror law as a legal instrument to foist upon activists and civil society groups, intent to conceal the reality that it is the State that has long been terrorizing the Filipino people,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s pronouncement that organizations suspected as ‘legal fronts’ of the CPP-NPA will be charged under the HSA. 

On Proclamation 360 and Duterte’s termination of the peace negotiations

Duterte’s termination of the peace negotiations further exposes his fascist mold and his insincerity to pursue just and lasting peace in the Philippines. His stubborn refusal to abide by the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), through his non-release of political prisoners and intensifying repressive measures against the people, manifests itself as once again, he ranted and raved like a madman instead of discussing these major significant issues in the aborted fifth round of formal peace talks.   

Resist proud fascists like Duterte - Karapatan

“Duterte has been shedding his last semblance of pretense for peace, with his latest pronouncements supposedly terminating the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. We have a President who proudly admits he is a fascist - an unnecessary pronouncement since his human rights record already revealed much, especially as illegal arrests of activists intensify and as he hints on the comeback of the Philippine National Police as the declared foremost implementer of the war on drugs,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, on the recent statements of Duterte regarding the peacetalks, crackdown of progressive groups and the drug war. 

Rights groups renew call for justice for Ampatuan massacre victims, dismantle all private armies and paramilitary under Duterte

On the 8th year after the Ampatuan massacre, rights groups expressed continuous support to the kin of Ampatuan massacre victims, as they reiterated calls to dismantle all private armies and paramilitary groups under the Duterte regime. 

“We share the plight of the families of the Ampatuan massacre victims for justice, and demand for speedy trial and ultimately, conviction of those involved in one of the worst attacks against journalists and civilians in recent history,” said Evangeline Hernandez, chairperson of Hustisya. 

End Impunity 

Eleven human rights workers arrested, after Duterte’s threat to crack down on progressive groups

“Since Duterte’s threat last Saturday, November 18, to crackdown on progressive organizations, eleven (11) human rights (HR) workers – 9 from Batangas and 2 from Western Mindanao region – have been illegally arrested and detained. Mass arrest of members of an organization is fast becoming a trend in the PNP and AFP’s conduct of illegal arrests; It has become as brazen and as arbitrary. The authorities again claim that those arrested were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a lie relegated as among the oldest trick in the PNP and AFP’s “how to get away with illegal arrest and human rights violations” rulebook. Whatever the State maneuver, there is no denying the systematic attack against HR workers under the Duterte regime,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

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