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Peasant killings and other rights violations intensify in rural areas - Karapatan

“Almost 10 months after the implementation of counterinsurgency programs Oplans Bayanihan and Kapayapaan under the Duterte regime, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its paramilitaries has intensified attacks in rural areas, targeting peasant organizations and indigenous communities. As of August 31, 2017, Karapatan has documented 88 victims of political killings under the Duterte regime, 81 of them are peasants,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

PH Gov’t ‘victory’ in Geneva a farce - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

Today, September 23, 2017, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released a statement alluding to a so-called ‘victory’ by the PH Government after the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted its human rights report card.

“The PH government delegation to Geneva conveniently glosses over the fact that it did not accept any of the 44 recommendations related to extrajudicial killings, none of the 23 recommendations calling for the government to discontinue efforts to revive death penalty, and none of the 13 recommendations aimed at the protecting and creating an enabling environment for human rights defenders and journalists. This are key recommendations that need urgent attention, and yet are furtively brushed off by the Duterte administration,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Military harassment plagues the North - Karapatan

Press Release | September 23, 2017

 “The military is manifesting its fascist character not only through the filing of trumped-up charges, the bombing of communities and schools, and the killing, arrest, and torture of civilians and leaders of progressive organizations; now it has widened its scope to include the digital space used by activists as a platform for advocacy. The AFP has stayed true to its brand of being the instigator of fake news, complemented by the lies and misinformation by Duterte’s deception mill. It intensifies these attacks by promoting hate-mongering and accusations against organizations to justify violations against them,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the intensifying acts of harassment and intimidation against Luzon-based activists and organizations.  

Karapatan calls on UN rights council for independent investigation on on attacks vs rights defenders, EJKs

Press Statement | September 22, 2017

At the UN Review on PH rights compliance in Geneva, Karapatan calls on UN rights council for independent investigation on attacks vs rights defenders, EJKs

At the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, Karapatan, speaking on behalf of international human rights organizations Civicus and International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), called on the member States of the UN HRC to support the call for “a halt to all forms of attacks on human rights defenders in the Philippines, the enactment of a law for their protection, and the acceptance of a full, independent visit to the Philippines by UN Special Rapporteurs, including on the situation of HRDs.”

PH is moving from de facto martial law to open fascist rule - Karapatan

Today, September 21, 2017, on the Filipino People’s Day of Protest, Karapatan joins the newly-formed alliance Movement Against Tyranny and thousands of protesters to amplify calls to stop the killings in line with Duterte’s counterinsurgency program and the drug war campaign, among other forms of human rights violations. The protest also marks the 45th year since Marcos placed the country under martial law back in 1972.

 

September 21 is Filipino People's Day of Protest vs killings, Duterte's deception, lies, threats

Press Release | September 20, 2017

"Tomorrow, activists, students, concerned citizens, and several other progressive organizations and individuals will march to Luneta and to different protest centers in within and outside the Philippines for the Filipino People's Day of Protest to condemn the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Along with calls to stop extrajudicial killings, demands to end harassment and intimidation attempts against members and leaders of progressive organizations and dissenters will also be amplified. As September 21 reminds us of the atrocities committed during the Marcos martial law era, we stand in vigilance against Duterte's national declaration of martial rule," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Philippine UPR Watch calls for int’l support to Filipino people’s campaign against tyrannical rule of Duterte administration

Press Release | 19 September 2017

The Philippine UPR Watch calls on the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to express their support for the Filipino peoples' campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's tyrannical rule.

In barely four months, after the UPR of the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council last May 2017, human and people's rights violations have spiralled, with the drug war, counter-insurgency program and martial law in Mindanao, the group said. On September 22, 2017, the recommendations made to the Philippine government on its 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review will be adopted this coming 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 September 2017 . "The Duterte regime has been totally disregarding these recommendations urging the State to protect and uphold international human rights obligations," said Ephraim Cortez, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers(NUPL) and  co-head of the Philippine UPR Watch delegation.   

Imprisoned and threatened indigenous people's leaders, church workers, and teachers are proof of Duterte's tyrannical rule

Press Release | September 19, 2017

"When a country’s church people and teachers are being imprisoned for working alongside marginalized communities, it becomes indicative of widespread repression and the State’s intolerance for genuine opposition. Such a situation exposes how far we are from a democracy, worsened by awards and status accorded to murderers, plunderers and rights violators," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay during a rally in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 13, 2017 to call for the release of indigenous people, church workers, and teachers imprisoned by the Duterte administration.

Karapatan holds day of solidarity with indigenous children at the Lakbayan 2017 Kampuhan

Press Release | September 17, 2017

Karapatan, in cooperation with Sandugo, Hustisya and Temperamental Brats, held a storytelling session, crafts-making workshop, and cultural program for indigenous children at the 2017 Kampuhan ng Pambansang Minorya, UP Equine Stud Farm, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Quezon City on September 17, 2017. The activity was also supported by artists, young educators, human rights activists, and civil libertarians. 

ON THE POSSIBLE DECLARATION OF NATIONWIDE MARTIAL LAW NEXT WEEK

Press Statement | September 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law next week is an expression of the Duterte regime’s fear of its own demons. It is increasingly becoming desperate in quelling the legitimate and peaceful protest of the Filipino people against the fascist and anti-people policies of the regime. It is fearful of the people’s growing resistance against its tyrannical rule. 

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