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October turning bloody red as martial law kills, violates people’s rights in Mindanao

“Lest we forget, there is already martial law declared in the southern part of the country. The imposition of martial law has merely contributed to the intensification of attacks against the Filipino people. Five indigenous and peasant leaders were arrested in the first week of October in Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Sur. The violations continue unabated as another Lumad is killed in Sarangani province and striking workers at a Japanese multinational company were violently dispersed this week. Mindanao is being ravaged by what can only be referred to as State terrorism,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
 
 
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IACLA an instrument of political repression - Karapatan

“Before the Red October scheme was concocted by the military, the military and the police already had much time to practice their script-writing and story-telling stint through the filing of trumped-up charges against activists and critics. The formation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA) is an extension of these imagined and supposed “crimes, used to legitimize the criminalization of dissent. Ultimately, IACLA is an instrument of political repression,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor at a protest rally in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City on October 9, 2018.

 

Karapatan reports recent harassment, red-tagging against the organization

Karapatan reported receiving text messages maligning and red-tagging the organization in the past week. The messages were sent to Karapatan’s secretary general and it’s public information number, both of which are available to the public as references for press releases and statements. The numbers, 09556810452 and 09557396541, circulated messages accusing Karapatan of being a legal front of the New People’s Army, and of being “huwad na makatao”.

Karapatan: Duterte regime’s “Red October” spin meant to justify further rights violations

“This alleged destabilization plot is an underhanded move to justify further repression and rights violations against organizations and personalities considered as critics of the Duterte government. Concocting lies and fantastic conspiracy theories is natural for insecure and fascist governments . If October passes without much ado, we are almost sure “Red November”, Red December”, and “Red 2019” will be this regime’s next conspiracy theory. Ridiculous!” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the alleged “Red October” destabilization plot against Duterte. 

Karapatan to the military: Quit giving excuses, transfer Palparan to Bilibid immediately!

“I did not kill them, I just inspired the triggermen” - Jovito Palparan, in an interview with Rappler

“Gone is the arrogant soldier to which the above statement is attributed to. No longer is retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. as willing to claim that he “inspired the triggermen”, especially now that victims of rights violations perpetrated by him and soldiers under his command won a case against him. Now, he peddles the image of pure innocence, shamelessly presenting himself as a victim. Truly disgusting!” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor on Palparan’s continued claim of innocence over the guilty verdict promulgated by the Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 15 on September 17, 2018 for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of missing UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.

Attacks against Moro communities, Moro rights defenders escalate

Karapatan strongly condemns the recent killing of another woman human rights defender in Mindanao. On the afternoon of September 23, 2018, Mariam Uy Acob, 43, a paralegal of Kawagib Moro Human Rights Alliance in Maguindanao and a leader of Tindeg Bangsamoro, was gunned down by suspected military agents. Kawagib Moro Human Rights Alliance is among the member-organizations of Karapatan.

“Duterte degrades and threatens women”: Women testify at the International Tribunal

[Brussels, 19 September] Women’s voices were at the forefront in the two-day International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines. Testimonies from women human rights defenders and family members of political prisoners or victims of extrajudicial killings, demonstrate the impact of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies on women, and how they harken back to earlier repressive eras.  

Duterte regime using an old, dirty tactic as bomb threats plague Metro Manila universities days before Sept. 21 - Karapatan

Both Mapua University and the University of Sto. Tomas were on high alert after bomb threats sent via text messages circulated on social media on September 18 and September 19, respectively. The threats were allegedly sent by the New People’s Army (NPA), a matter vehemently denied by the group, even calling the bomb scare as “cowardly threats”.

Authorities who investigated the reports said that it was a false alarm in both cases.

Leaving the ICC, dismissing the IPT are acts of cowards evading accountability

“It takes very little to irk the President as mere mention of the words justice and accountability puts his entire government in the defensive. Sending his spokesperson who has reached “roque-bottom” after dropping any knowledge of human rights, justice, and accountability like hot pieces of potato to pursue his political ambitions, the Duterte regime is trying yet again to undermine the efforts of individuals and organizations, that of a global people’s court, to hold his government to account. The Duterte government can dismiss the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) all they want, but it will not stop us from speaking truth to power,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to Malacanang Spokesperson Harry Roque’s recent statement on the IPT.

Rights group to int’l tribunal: Duterte, Trump guilty of rights violations vs Filipinos

In her expert testimony at the opening of the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay called on the jurors of the global court to deliver a guilty verdict on the gross and blatant violations on the Filipino people’s civil and political rights of Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump. 
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