Duterte’s threat to impose a state of national emergency, nationwide martial law perpetuates unpeace in PH

“Amid the worsening human rights situation and climate of impunity in the Philippines, Duterte’s threats to impose a state of national emergency or nationwide martial law will only foment a situation of greater unpeace. His use of worn-out and make-believe reasons betray his real intent which is to promote his tyrannical rule and militarist approach in solving the country’s problems, instead of solving the root causes of social problems,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to recent statements of President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on the possibility of declaring a state of national emergency, martial law or “radical changes” to combat criminality or drugs.

Karapatan to AFP: Stop attacks vs communities, stop sabotaging the GRP-NDFP peace talks

Human rights group Karapatan today said that instead of its repeated efforts to sabotage the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) through its war-mongering and militarist ways, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should stop its attacks against civilian communities and abide by previously signed agreements, such as the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). 

Motion for reconsideration filed by tortured security guard at Laguna court

On May 31, 2018, torture survivor Rolly Panesa filed a motion for reconsideration on the acquittal of four police officers and other John and Jane Does involved in his torture and illegal arrest in 2012.

No peace under Duterte with arrests of activists, indigenous peasants

Karapatan condemned the recent spate of arbitrary arrests of two activists and two indigenous peasants by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“This spate of brutality by soldiers and the police towards innocent civilians is already the rule rather than the exception for this government. These violations of human rights are in direct contrast with President Duterte’s stance that he is allegedly for peace. How can there be peace when his soldiers and cops are primed to kill, torture, and arrest people with impunity? ” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan condemns killings of women peasants, indiscriminate firing vs urban poor group’s office

“Karapatan condemns in strongest terms the recent killings of two women peasant leaders Beverly Geronimo of Agusan del Sur and Carolina Lana of Aurora Province last Sunday, May 27, 2018. Such forms of violence instigated by suspected state agents should stop,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

Protesta De Mayo Laban sa Tiraniya, an alternative form of protest vs #DuterTyranny

Amid the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines, rights groups Karapatan and Hustisya yesterday held an alternative Flores de Mayo for justice and peace at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.

Dubbed the “Protesta de Mayo Laban sa Tiraniya,” the event featured five ensembles that depicted the current human rights issues and people’s struggles under the Duterte regime:

On Malacañang’s refusal to lift martial law in Mindanao

The Duterte regime’s adamant defense for the continuing imposition of martial law in Mindanao speaks of its militarist and ineffective approach in addressing the root causes of the social problems that spawned the armed conflicts in Mindanao and elsewhere.

Karapatan’s comments on the current issues pertaining to martial law and the proposed legislation on the national ID system

Dear friends,

Please find Karapatan’s comments on the current issues pertaining to martial law and the proposed legislation on the national ID system. You may attribute the comments to Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay for your reports. Thank you.

Karapatan Public Information Desk


Karapatan decries the most recent Bureau of Immigration order denying Sr. Patricia Fox’s appeal on the BI’s earlier ruling to revoke her missionary visa as an act that truly reflects the agency’s propensity to deny due process rights to foreign missionaries and human rights defenders like Sr. Pat, at the whim and caprice of President Duterte.

Mindanao Under Martial Law, A Year of State Terror - Karapatan

Days before the first year of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2018, Karapatan received reports on the killing of an industrial worker of a banana plantation and the arbitrary arrest of a trade union organizer, both in the Southern Mindanao region.

Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said that “these two latest reported cases are emblematic of the type of human and people’s rights violations perpetrated by state forces in Mindanao under martial law - brazenly committed with impunity targeting civilians considered ‘enemies of the state.”

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