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Human and people’s rights catastrophe in PH on Duterte’s 2nd year

Change made a turn for the worse in the two years of the Duterte presidency.

Under Duterte’s rule remains a large army of unemployed and contractual workers paid with a pittance of wages, a people burdened with additional taxes and higher prices of goods and services, millions of peasants displaced by foreign and domestic big businesses and landlords, indigenous people who lost their land from mining companies, and urban and rural poor communities dislocated by his Build, Build, Build programs. 

Killings, detention of peasants show Duterte’s contempt for the poor majority - Karapatan

Karapatan condemned the recent killing of peasant leaders Julius Broce Barellano and Arnel Penaso, as well as the recent illegal arrest and detention of peasant organizer Pedro Lumantas, saying these rights violations further demonstrate “the Duterte regime’s contempt for the majority of poor peasants in the country.”

On June 27, 2018, Barellano, 36, Chairperson of the Hacienda Medina Farmworkers’ Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, was shot by an unnamed assailant at around 8:30 in the morning. The victim was about to enter their family’s house when the assailant onboard a motorcycle shot him in the foot and chest. He was rushed to the San Carlos City Hospital, but he did not survive.

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Detention, harassment of foreign missionaries, a dark legacy of a paranoid and murderous regime - Karapatan

“The nearly 2-month detention of a Methodist missionary from Zimbabwe and the harassment of two other missionaries from the US and Malawi demonstrate the paranoia overdrive of a brutal and repressive regime that has much to hide. At the same time, it also shows the Duterte administration’s dire lack of understanding and respect for the right of peoples to extend international solidarity to Filipinos who bear the brunt of this anti-people government,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on recent reports on the situation of foreign missionaries who participated in an international ecumenical fact-finding mission on rights violations in Mindanao.

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Puspusang Labanan ang Tortyur at Iba pang Kalupitan ng Estado, Pahayag ng Bilanggong Pulitikal sa Camp Bagong Diwa

Puspusang Labanan ang Tortyur at Iba pang Kalupitan ng Estado

Pahayag ng Bilanggong Pulitikal sa Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City

Hunyo 26, 2018, Pandaigdigang Araw Laban sa Tortyur

 

May batas ang Gobyerno ng Republika ng Pilipinas laban sa tortyur mula pa noong 2009. Pormal na kinikilala doon ang absolutong karapatan at kalayaan sa tortyur, at itinuturing ang tortyur bilang krimen sa lahat ng kalagayan at panahon. Lumagda ang gobyerno sa kasunduan laban sa tortyur at iba pang porma ng pagmamalupit tulad ng Convention Against Torture ng United Nations. Nariyan din ang kasunduan sa pagitan ng GRP at National Democratic Front na CARHRIHL, o ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, na nagtataguyod ng karapatang sibil, pulitikal, pang-ekonomiya at pangkultura.

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.

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