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BS Aquino’s SONA predictably skirts peace, human rights issues

“While the state forces tried to protect their indefensible president at yesterday’s SONA, BS Aquino thanked his minions but obviously failed to recognize the fallen 44 SAF, his very own men, in the botched Mamasapano operation in January. It is predictably BS Aquino’s way of glossing over human rights and peace issues that beset his regime during the last five years,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

SONA 2015 Urgent Plea from Women of NZ, Australia to Aquino: Free Miradel Torres & Baby Karl, Free All Political Prisoners

In an open letter, twenty-five (25) rights defenders including 17 women’s rights advocates from various groups along with leaders of solidarity organisations in Australia and New Zealand sent urgent plea for Philippine government to release unjustly detained women activists especially Miradel Torres, a young mother separated from her 8-month old son.  (Full text below)

Karapatan to BS Aquino: Hindi ka namin malilimutan

SONA 2015


The 2,000 soldiers, 4,000 police, K-9 units aside from the concrete barriers are expected to block the protesters on Monday, BS Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA).  “The state forces will try to defend the indefensible president whose crimes against the Filipino people are worth a thousand lifetimes in jail. The SONA overkill security preparations are indications of a regime that is scared witless of the people’s defiance and actions,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.


Artists call on BS Aquino to release political prisoners through artworks

Portraiture as Political Solidarity

Three days before Pres. Benigno S. Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address, artists together with Karapatan, the End Impunity Alliance, and relatives of political prisoners opens an art exhibit entitled “PORTRAYAL: Faces For Freedom,” an exhibition of more than 50 paintings, digital art, and sketches of political prisoners in the Philippines. 

Karapatan condemns military and police brutality vs. Lumad evacuees

“A congresswoman who acted in concert with the Armed Forces of the Philippines prompted the brutal action of the police against the Lumad evacuees at the UCCP compound in Davao City,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan. 
Photo by Paulo C Rizal/ 

Zambasulta-Sabah Evacuation Docu Report

Zambasulta Documentation Report  

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