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Military steps up attacks vs communities in Mindanao - Karapatan

“While the police continue their killing spree through the drug war and initiate mass arrests of tambays in urban communities, soldiers stepped up their attacks against peasant and indigenous people populations in Mindanao where martial law is imposed. The Duterte regime is unleashing its all-out assault on the Filipino people’s democratic rights,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, upon receiving numerous reports of recent human rights violations perpetrated by the Armed Forces of Philippines in Mindanao.

Free all political prisoners, resume the peacetalks! - Karapatan

Karapatan decried the most recent suspension of the formal peacetalks by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines as “yet another indication of the Duterte regime’s disinterest in pursuing and committing to reforms that should benefit the Filipino people and in meeting its obligations to release political prisoners and other human rights commitments.”

Proposed bill amending PH anti-terror law will enable wholesale disregard of people’s rights - Karapatan

In a position paper submitted to a Technical Working Group meeting yesterday, June 18, 2018, by the House of Representatives Committees on Public Order and Safety and National Defense and Security, Karapatan expressed the human rights group’s opposition to the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007 as “monstrous measures that are in sync with the brand of state repression under the Duterte administration.” 

Duterte’s shoot-to-kill order vs Kadamay members, violent dispersal of workers’ strike show how Duterte abhors the poor

“Poor Filipinos have always been at the losing end, with governments upholding the interests of the rich and big business. Duterte’s rule is no different; in fact, it is more ruthless and more brutal on the poor. This is evident from killings as a defective solution to the problems regarding illegal drugs and criminality, the imposition of new regressive tax burdens, continuation of contractualization schemes and non-increase of minimum wage, and, recently, a violent dispersal of a picket line of workers and a shoot-to-kill order on Kadamay members claiming their right to decent housing,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Duterte gov’t attempts to muffle dissent through arrest of activists, rights defenders - Karapatan

Karapatan today lambasted the recent arrest of activists Ma. Theresa Cabales, staff and organizer of Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and Rafael Couichie Francis of Bayan-Southern Tagalog as “part of the ongoing attempts to silence the voices of dissent in the Philippines.”

On the recent killings of a priest, a journalist and a prosecutor

Karapatan condemns the recent murders of a Catholic priest, a journalist and a prosecutor as clear signs of a thriving climate of impunity in the Philippines, where killings have been normalised by government itself while perpetrators are rarely prosecuted and not punished. 

NEDA statement, an insult to struggling Filipino families - Karapatan

Karapatan slammed the recent statement of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) during a press briefing this week, when NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon stated how a Filipino family of five can survive on PhP10,000 a month.

Greater impunity in PH with promotion of police officers responsible for killings

Karapatan deplored today the recent promotions of two police officers accused of being responsible for extrajudicial killings in line with Duterte’s drug war in Caloocan City as “clear indications of the worsening climate of impunity in the country.”

Duterte’s threat to impose a state of national emergency, nationwide martial law perpetuates unpeace in PH

“Amid the worsening human rights situation and climate of impunity in the Philippines, Duterte’s threats to impose a state of national emergency or nationwide martial law will only foment a situation of greater unpeace. His use of worn-out and make-believe reasons betray his real intent which is to promote his tyrannical rule and militarist approach in solving the country’s problems, instead of solving the root causes of social problems,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to recent statements of President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on the possibility of declaring a state of national emergency, martial law or “radical changes” to combat criminality or drugs.

Karapatan to AFP: Stop attacks vs communities, stop sabotaging the GRP-NDFP peace talks

Human rights group Karapatan today said that instead of its repeated efforts to sabotage the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) through its war-mongering and militarist ways, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should stop its attacks against civilian communities and abide by previously signed agreements, such as the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). 

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