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Karapatan slams recent attacks against human rights defenders and kin

Karapatan slams recent attacks against human rights defenders and kin, calls for independent UN investigation on rights abuses vs HRDs

 

A former human rights worker of Karapatan and her brother-in-law were illegally arrested, the son of a peasant leader was abducted, and human rights workers investigating rights abuses in Lopez, Quezon were surrounded by soldiers – all these were the most recent attacks against human rights defenders documented by Karapatan last week, from May 3 to 11, 2017.

Karapatan condemns these recent attacks against human rights defenders, as the climate of impunity worsens in the Philippines. While the Duterte administration has been busy promoting butcher generals to Cabinet posts, furthering the militarization of the civilian bureaucracy, human rights defenders and their families are experiencing graver forms of human rights violations,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

On the quick reaction mission led by Karapatan Southern Tagalog in Rizal

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As ManiLakbayan reaches Luzon: Minda, STagalog sectors unite in fight vs. landlessness, militarization

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Militant groups expose worsening human rights situation in Quezon, announces formation of task force against militarization

Different sectoral groups from Southern Tagalog led by KARAPATAN-ST and KASAMA-TK today held a press conference to expose the worsening human rights situation in the southern part of Quezon, which they said was caused by intensifying militarization of the rural communities in the said area.

Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm over rising extrajudicial killings

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Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm over rising extrajudicial killings

The human rights watchdog Karapatan today decried the shooting of two women human rights defenders in Laguna and sounded the alarm over the rising extrajudicial killings.

Sabina Ariola, 51 and Adelaida Calosa, 48 was shot at around 8:25 AM yesterday, March 23, 2009. Sabina, who was hit in the abdomen died at 11 o’clock in the evening and Adelaida who was hit on the face is undergoing medical treatment.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms, the attacks on human rights defenders Sabina Ariola and Adelaida Calosa,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan.

Felipe Lapa

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