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Former public sector union organizers arrested

Former officers and organizers of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) were abducted on August 11, 2018. Spouses Rowena and Oliver Rosales were forcibly taken while onboard their privately-owned tricycle at Galvez St., Brgy. Wawa, Balagtas, Bulacan, and were later taken to Camp Crame, Quezon City. Rowena was shown a warrant of arrest for trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives, the same warrant used against Courage member Juan Alexander Reyes on June 2, 2018.

Karapatan welcomes dismissal of trumped-up charges vs Makabayan4, calls for abolition of IACLA

On August 8, 2018, Judge Tese Wenceslao of the Palayan Regional Trial Court Branch 40 quashed the warrant of arrest against former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, former Gabriela representative and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza, and former Anakpawis representative and former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano. Trumped-up murder charges against the #Makabayan4 were likewise dismissed. 

Stop terror-tagging of activists, political dissenters - Karapatan

Karapatan welcomed the order of Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar to drop the names of former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and lawyer Jose Molintas in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in February 2018. The rights group further called for the withdrawal of the entire proscription petition.

Hands Off Gill Boehringer! Hands off human rights defenders! - Karapatan

“We stress that Prof. Gill Boehringer should be allowed entry in the Philippines. He is suffering from serious ailments that need medical attention. He needs to be transferred to a medical facility with adequate equipment. The detention and blacklisting of an 84-year-old man with a medical condition show the cruelty of this regime, adamant to harass and intimidate rights defenders who have worked for years in defending and promoting human rights in the country,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, adding that Boehringer has been under custody of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 since midnight of August 8, 2018. As of this writing, Prof. Boehringer is still at NAIA 1. 

Rise Up volunteer killed in Cebu, harassment vs activists continue

On August 8, 2018, human rights defender and Rise Up-Cebu volunteer Butch Rosales, 42, was shot in broad daylight while inside a jeepney. Rosales was on his way to Mandaue from Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City. He boarded a multicab jeepney and sat at the front passenger seat while the assailant sat at the back. The gunman shot Rosales at the head several times and took off on a waiting getaway motorcycle driven by another man; the perpetrators did not wear masks.

Solidarity statement for the students of Bangladesh and Shahidul Alam

Karapatan stands in solidarity with the students and human rights defenders in Dhaka, Bangladesh who protested against corruption in their country, and took a stand amid the deaths of two young children due to poor oversight of vehicles and road conditions.

Australian law professor denied entry to the Philippines

Prof. Gill Boehringer, 84 years old, with dual citizenship in the US and Australia, law professor in Australia, and a long-time human rights advocate in the Philippines, is being held by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 since 12 midnight of August 8, 2018, upon his arrival from Sydney. The professor is set to be deported after being told that he was among those blacklisted, allegedly for joining protest actions and fact finding missions in the Philippines.

Prof Gill Boehringer

(Photo of Prof. Gill Boehringer) 

Karapatan to DOJ Sec Guevarra: Your irresponsibility is endangering lives

On August 6, in a budget hearing at the House of Representatives, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted that the DOJ did not personally verify information before tagging 649 people in the petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. Guevarra further added that the names and aliases all came from the intelligence units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

On the 20th year of landmark peace and human rights agreement between GRP, NDFP, rights violations continue unabated

Karapatan, along with Kadamay and Balikwas Kadamay, filed 15 complaints on human rights violations under the Duterte government at the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on August 7, 2018.
 

Nat’l ID system, a wolf in sheep’s clothing

“Time and again, we have reiterated that this law, the national identification system, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the ratification of the national ID system, adding that this will lead to wholesale rights violations, primarily of the people’s rights to freedom of movement and privacy, right against surveillance, and right to unhampered and non-discriminatory provision of social services.

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