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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.

Military steps up attacks vs communities in Mindanao - Karapatan

“While the police continue their killing spree through the drug war and initiate mass arrests of tambays in urban communities, soldiers stepped up their attacks against peasant and indigenous people populations in Mindanao where martial law is imposed. The Duterte regime is unleashing its all-out assault on the Filipino people’s democratic rights,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, upon receiving numerous reports of recent human rights violations perpetrated by the Armed Forces of Philippines in Mindanao.

Free all political prisoners, resume the peacetalks! - Karapatan

Karapatan decried the most recent suspension of the formal peacetalks by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines as “yet another indication of the Duterte regime’s disinterest in pursuing and committing to reforms that should benefit the Filipino people and in meeting its obligations to release political prisoners and other human rights commitments.”

Proposed bill amending PH anti-terror law will enable wholesale disregard of people’s rights - Karapatan

In a position paper submitted to a Technical Working Group meeting yesterday, June 18, 2018, by the House of Representatives Committees on Public Order and Safety and National Defense and Security, Karapatan expressed the human rights group’s opposition to the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007 as “monstrous measures that are in sync with the brand of state repression under the Duterte administration.” 

Duterte’s shoot-to-kill order vs Kadamay members, violent dispersal of workers’ strike show how Duterte abhors the poor

“Poor Filipinos have always been at the losing end, with governments upholding the interests of the rich and big business. Duterte’s rule is no different; in fact, it is more ruthless and more brutal on the poor. This is evident from killings as a defective solution to the problems regarding illegal drugs and criminality, the imposition of new regressive tax burdens, continuation of contractualization schemes and non-increase of minimum wage, and, recently, a violent dispersal of a picket line of workers and a shoot-to-kill order on Kadamay members claiming their right to decent housing,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Duterte gov’t attempts to muffle dissent through arrest of activists, rights defenders - Karapatan

Karapatan today lambasted the recent arrest of activists Ma. Theresa Cabales, staff and organizer of Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and Rafael Couichie Francis of Bayan-Southern Tagalog as “part of the ongoing attempts to silence the voices of dissent in the Philippines.”

On the recent killings of a priest, a journalist and a prosecutor

Karapatan condemns the recent murders of a Catholic priest, a journalist and a prosecutor as clear signs of a thriving climate of impunity in the Philippines, where killings have been normalised by government itself while perpetrators are rarely prosecuted and not punished. 

NEDA statement, an insult to struggling Filipino families - Karapatan

Karapatan slammed the recent statement of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) during a press briefing this week, when NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon stated how a Filipino family of five can survive on PhP10,000 a month.

Greater impunity in PH with promotion of police officers responsible for killings

Karapatan deplored today the recent promotions of two police officers accused of being responsible for extrajudicial killings in line with Duterte’s drug war in Caloocan City as “clear indications of the worsening climate of impunity in the country.”

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