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PH gov’t harbinger of rights violations - Karapatan

“Salvador Panelo’s claim that the Philippine government is a ‘beacon of rights,’ amid its re-election in the UN Human Rights Council, is a statement of a delusional person. More apt, however, is that it is a harbinger of gross human rights violations. Who even believes Panelo when the Duterte government has openly expressed its contempt for human rights? Has he chosen to conveniently forget the pronouncements of President President ordering the execution of such rights violations? Be that as it may, the reality on the ground reveals the real character of this government,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

PH election to the UNHRC does not absolve Duterte gov’t of crimes vs the Filipino people

“The election of the Philippine government at the UN Human Rights Council does not absolve the Duterte government of its rights violations against the Filipino people. It does not erase the thousands killed in its murderous drug war or its spectrum of violations and scores of victims in indigenous and peasant communities. The new presidential spokesperson may be over the moon for this supposed “affirmation” of the government’s campaigns and human rights record, but no one is convinced. The victims of this regime are not convinced, human rights organizations and advocate both here and overseas are not convinced, many oppressed sectors are not convinced,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

Four women peasant advocates arrested, possibly tortured in Nueva Ecija

Four women peasant advocates were illegally arrested by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Philippine National Police and elements of the 7th Infantry Division in Sitio Bangkusay, Brgy. Talabutab Norte, Natividad, Nueva Ecija on October 13, 2018. Yolanda Diamsay Ortiz, 46, and Eulalia Ladesma, 44, member of Anakpawis and Gabriela Women’s Partylist respectively, Edzel Emocling, 23, and Rachel Galario, 20, both youth activists and peasant advocates, are confirmed to be in the custody of the CIDG in their office at the Old Capitol building at Cabanatuan City. Ortiz and Ladesma were badly beaten by their captors, with visible bruises on their faces.

October turning bloody red as martial law kills, violates people’s rights in Mindanao

“Lest we forget, there is already martial law declared in the southern part of the country. The imposition of martial law has merely contributed to the intensification of attacks against the Filipino people. Five indigenous and peasant leaders were arrested in the first week of October in Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Sur. The violations continue unabated as another Lumad is killed in Sarangani province and striking workers at a Japanese multinational company were violently dispersed this week. Mindanao is being ravaged by what can only be referred to as State terrorism,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
 
 
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IACLA an instrument of political repression - Karapatan

“Before the Red October scheme was concocted by the military, the military and the police already had much time to practice their script-writing and story-telling stint through the filing of trumped-up charges against activists and critics. The formation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA) is an extension of these imagined and supposed “crimes, used to legitimize the criminalization of dissent. Ultimately, IACLA is an instrument of political repression,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor at a protest rally in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City on October 9, 2018.

 

Karapatan reports recent harassment, red-tagging against the organization

Karapatan reported receiving text messages maligning and red-tagging the organization in the past week. The messages were sent to Karapatan’s secretary general and it’s public information number, both of which are available to the public as references for press releases and statements. The numbers, 09556810452 and 09557396541, circulated messages accusing Karapatan of being a legal front of the New People’s Army, and of being “huwad na makatao”.

Karapatan: Duterte regime’s “Red October” spin meant to justify further rights violations

“This alleged destabilization plot is an underhanded move to justify further repression and rights violations against organizations and personalities considered as critics of the Duterte government. Concocting lies and fantastic conspiracy theories is natural for insecure and fascist governments . If October passes without much ado, we are almost sure “Red November”, Red December”, and “Red 2019” will be this regime’s next conspiracy theory. Ridiculous!” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the alleged “Red October” destabilization plot against Duterte. 

Karapatan to the military: Quit giving excuses, transfer Palparan to Bilibid immediately!

“I did not kill them, I just inspired the triggermen” - Jovito Palparan, in an interview with Rappler

“Gone is the arrogant soldier to which the above statement is attributed to. No longer is retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. as willing to claim that he “inspired the triggermen”, especially now that victims of rights violations perpetrated by him and soldiers under his command won a case against him. Now, he peddles the image of pure innocence, shamelessly presenting himself as a victim. Truly disgusting!” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor on Palparan’s continued claim of innocence over the guilty verdict promulgated by the Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 15 on September 17, 2018 for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of missing UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.

Attacks against Moro communities, Moro rights defenders escalate

Karapatan strongly condemns the recent killing of another woman human rights defender in Mindanao. On the afternoon of September 23, 2018, Mariam Uy Acob, 43, a paralegal of Kawagib Moro Human Rights Alliance in Maguindanao and a leader of Tindeg Bangsamoro, was gunned down by suspected military agents. Kawagib Moro Human Rights Alliance is among the member-organizations of Karapatan.

“Duterte degrades and threatens women”: Women testify at the International Tribunal

[Brussels, 19 September] Women’s voices were at the forefront in the two-day International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines. Testimonies from women human rights defenders and family members of political prisoners or victims of extrajudicial killings, demonstrate the impact of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies on women, and how they harken back to earlier repressive eras.  

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