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On the DOJ dismissal of drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and 20 others

Karapatan called the Department of Justice’s resolution to drop drug trafficking charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa a “travesty” and “an indication of the department’s lack of credibility, integrity and basic common sense.” 

Espinosa, in a series of Senate hearings and while under oath, admitted to earning PhP50 million yearly in illegal drug trade and maintaining an illegal drug business. In a 14-page resolution, State prosecutors also dismissed drug charges against businessman Peter Lim and 20 others for “uncorroborated statements” and “lack of evidence”.

Duterte’s fake terror list includes names of dead persons, desaparecidos

Karapatan, after close scrutiny of the proscription petition, revealed that there are 8 names of individuals already deceased and 2 desaparecidos that were included in the petition. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said that “this is indicative of how ludicrous and dubious Duterte’s fake terror list is. The level of callousness from the Duterte regime is unprecedented!”

Statement of Elisa Tita Lubi, Karapatan National Executive Committee Member, on her inclusion in Duterte's "terror list"

Back Off, Human Rights Attackers
Hands Off Human Rights Defenders

I have recently learned that my name has been dragged into the Duterte government’s petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as terrorist organizations.


(Photo: Tita Lubi (2nd from the right, standing next to former DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo) visiting the Kampuhan ng mga Lumad at UP Diliman)

Karapatan submits cases of HRDs tagged under Duterte’s terror list to UN Special Rapporteurs

On March 13, 2018, Karapatan submitted a new batch of complaints to United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst and UN SR on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Annalisa Ciampi on the inclusion of human rights defenders (HRDs) and activists in at least 600 names listed in the Justice Department’s petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. The petition was filed by Peter Ong, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor, at a regional court in Manila on February 21, 2018.

Karapatan on Malacañang’s response to recent UN official’s statement

Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s statement justifying the Philippine government’s absurd, arbitrary, and vengeful inclusion of the name of UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli Corpuz in the Philippine Justice Department proscription list smacks of distorted reasoning. 
 

National ID and subpoena powers for PNP, CIDG, add’l tools for witch-hunt, all-out repression

"The Duterte regime is definitely on a roll! Not with solving the country’s socioeconomic problems, but in ensuring those who advocate for long-term solutions to our dire political and economic state are monitored, criminalized and penalized. Duterte and his minions have busied themselves with legislation, petitions, and measures to legitimize the witch-hunt and repression of groups and individuals, cementing their role as the architects of a looming dictatorship,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, citing the national ID system and the recently signed law giving subpoena powers to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and its Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), as among the recent repressive measures put forward by the Duterte government.

Surveillance equipment from UK may be used by PH gov’t to spy on activists, rights defenders

Karapatan today scored the recently reported sale of $200,000 British surveillance equipment to the Philippine government, in the light of the listing of more than 600 persons, human rights defenders and critics of the Duterte government in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) at a regional court in Manila on February 21, 2018 seeking to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorist organizations.

Duterte regime’s proscription petition targets critics, rights defenders - Karapatan

Karapatan condemns the listing of more than 600 persons, human rights defenders and critics of the Duterte government in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), through Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, at a regional court in Manila on February 21, 2018. The petition not only seeks to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorist organizations but also named individuals as their supposed leaders or members, including those who are dead, missing and members of paramilitary units accused of killing Lumads in Mindanao.

Karapatan and Tanggol Bayi Statement on the Commemoration of the International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, 2018, as the world commemorates International Women’s Day, Karapatan and Tanggol Bayi joins Filipino women in marching and standing up against State repression and all forms of human rights violations and gender-based violence.

 

 

 

Daughter of illegally arrested NDFP peace consultant meets with CHR chairperson

On March 7, 2018, Eleanor de Guzman, daughter of NDFP peace consultant Rafael Baylosis and wife of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) organizer Marklen Maoj Maga initiated a dialogue with Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon. De Guzman raised the issue of the respective arrests of Baylosis and Maga, who are both detained on trumped up charges, on January 31 and February 22 respectively. She was accompanied by Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor.

CHR Filing1 Baylosis

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