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Arrest of 5 farmers in Cagayan Valley underscores escalating attacks vs farmers - Karapatan

“Last year, Karapatan documented a disturbing trend of attacks against farmers, peasant organizations and communities en masse. We are no longer talking about individual violations, but affronts and abuses that threaten and endanger entire organizations and communities. The Duterte regime has taken its onslaught on people’s rights at an unprecedented scale. Though more pronounced in Mindanao, the same pattern can also be observed in different parts of the country,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the mass illegal arrest of farmers.
 

Family undergoes torture, threatened to be massacred in Bukidnon

“The use of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment remains a prevailing practice among the military and the police. Last month, Karapatan received reports of a family who has undergone torture in the process of being illegally arrested. The persistence of these cases lend itself to the conclusion that there was never any change in the military’s brutish ways,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
 

Surface missing NDFP consultants, resume peace talks! – Karapatan

This week, the National Democratic Front Far Southern Mindanao sounded the alarm on the disappearance of peace consultant Lora Manipis and husband Jeruel Domingo, on the suspicion that they were abducted by military agents; their whereabouts have yet to be ascertained as of this writing. The couple had not made contact since February 24, 2018 and was last seen in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. In its statement, the NDFP raised the possibility that the two were killed, or are suffering from intense torture.

 

Karapatan condemns threats harassment vs fact-finding mission in Mindanao

As the three-day International Fact Finding and Solidarity Mission in three regions in Mindanao is concluded today, Karapatan scored the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for the numerous cases of threats and harassment faced by participants to the said mission. 

"Either these are proof of the State forces' paranoia overdrive or it is clear evidence that the Duterte administration has much to hide and cover up in its continuing implementation of martial law and counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan in Mindanao," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

On the possible resumption of the GRP-NDFP peacetalks

Karapatan welcomes the possible continuation of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The peace process is an important venue for discussions and actions on the root causes of the armed conflict in the country, including long-standing issues concerning civil, political, economic and social rights of the Filipino people, which are among the substantive agenda in the peace talks.

Arrests follow Duterte’s malicious terror-tagging – Karapatan

“The king of trash talk continues his barrage of threats one day, and backtracks to call for the resumption of the peace talks on another day. Meanwhile, the reality on the ground remains unchanged. Four individuals were illegally arrested in less than two weeks, signalling that the Duterte regime’s fascist policies, foremost his counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, are still very much in effect,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

A month after arrest of six peasant organizers in Negros Oriental, Karapatan reiterates call for their release

“The illegal arrest and continuing detention of the six young peasant organizers in Negros Oriental based on trumped up charges filed by soldiers is a classic case of criminalization of political dissent and human rights activism,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, a month after the arrest of the six organizers of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

Stop the harassment of human rights workers and activists – Karapatan

Karapatan decried recent incidents of harassment against its human rights workers by suspected military agents as “desperate acts of cowards in uniform,” after receiving reports on the attempted break-in of the residence of one its officers in the Cordillera region and dissemination of false propaganda materials against human rights defenders, including Karapatan staff and officers, in Cagayan Valley.  

On March 30, 2018, suspected military agents attempted to enter the home of Audrey Beltran, member of the Karapatan National Council and Vice Chairperson of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), a regional chapter of Karapatan. 

Two years after violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan, justice remains elusive

On April 1, 2016, farmer Darwin Sulang and Kidapawan resident Enrico Fabligar were killed when rounds of bullets were fired by the police and military at the 6,000 farmers asserting the release of rice and food aid for their families in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. Scores were wounded; more than 80 were illegally arrested and detained, including pregnant women and the elderly. Police and military surrounded the hospitals and a church compound, harassing the farmers. (For full account of incident: http://www.karapatan.org/files/Final%20%20-%20NFHM%20report.pdf

Kidapawan FK

(Photo of Victor Lumundang Jr.)

Karapatan slams arrest of urban poor activist in Duterte’s fake terror list

Karapatan condemns the arrest of Ruby Lacadman yesterday, March 29, 2018 at her residence in Brgy. Cacutud, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. Lacadman, a member of Kadamay, an alliance of urban poor communities, was apprehended by elements of the police and military by virture of a warrant of arrest for murder for “Ruby Palabrica y Quitason” issued on October 12, 2017. She was brought to the Mabalacat police station. As of this writing, Lacadman is set to be transferred to Cadiz, City, Negros Occidental where she will be reportedly presented to the court on Monday. Lacadman is among the activists presumably included in the Justice Department’s proscription petition which contained a list of more than 600 names. 

Ruby Lacadman 

*Photo of Ruby Lacadman by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan - Gitnang Luson 

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