October, 2007

Federico Intise

Felicidad Katalbas

Esteban Pastor

Danilo Macapagal

Domingo Delas Alas

Celina Palma

Cesar Batralo

Abner Hizarsa

Alex Beloy

Three Central Luzon Leaders Harassed by Suspected Military Agents in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines

At around 12:30 PM of 20 September 2007, Roman Polintan, Joseph Canlas, Angelina Ladera, Jovelyn Suson were about to leave Armando's Pizza in Angeles City where they held a press conference on the protest rally to be held the following day in commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law.

New evidence on the enforced disappearance of UP students prompt mothers to test writ of amparo

New evidence on the enforced disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and their farmer companion Manuel Merino prompted their mothers to file a writ of amparo before the Supreme Court at 9AM today, the first day the new law takes effect.

“We are grateful that the Supreme Court is making the remedy of the writ of amparo available for people like us whose daughters were abducted by the military,” said Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn.

Stop The Killings In The Philippines

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Rights group and relatives of victims of human rights violations join Ayala rally to call for justice for mall bombing victims

The human rights group Karapatan and relatives of victims of human rights violations today joined the relatives of victims of the Glorietta 2 blast in arally at the Ninoy Aquino monument in Ayala Avenue, Makati, to express solidarity with them.

Karapatan, Hustisya and Desaparecidos called for an independent investigation of the mall bombing and prosecution of perpetrators as they continue to seek justice for other victims of human rights violations.

UN: Counter-insurgency strategy explains extrajudicial killings in Philippines

MANILA, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- A United Nations official has blamed the Philippine government's counter-insurgency strategy against leftist rebels as the reason for a large number of extrajudicial killings to have taken place in the country, according to a UN report published here on Sunday.

Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, recently submitted a 21-page interim report to the 62nd UN General Assembly, which is entitled "Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions".

Rights group says GMA lying to UN on human rights situation, likens regime to military rule in Burma

In a press conference today in Quezon City, the Philippine NGO delegation that attended the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva denounced the lies being propagated by Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said: "Telling the UN that the Arroyo regime respects human rights is a barefaced lie. The spate of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations is proof that Arroyo and her cohorts are human rights violators."

Member Organizations

  • Task Force Detainees of the Philippines-KARAPATAN (TFDP-KARAPATAN)
  • Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainee Laban sa Detensyon (SELDA - Society of Ex-Detainees for Liberation from Detention and for Amnesty)
  • Kapisanan para sa Pagpapalaya ng mga Bilanggong Pulitikal sa Pilipinas (KAPATID - Association for the Release of Political Prisoners in the Philippines)
  • Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP)
  • Pamilya ng mga Desaparecidos para sa Hustisya (DESAPARECIDOS - Families of Desaparecidos for Justice)

About KARAPATAN

KARAPATAN is an alliance of individuals, groups and organizations working for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. Its founders and members have been at the forefront of the human rights struggle in the Philippines since the time of Marcos’ martial law regime.

Rights groups call for investigation of mall bombing as they continue to seek justice for other victims of HR violations

Karapatan and Hustisya commiserate with the bereaved families of our eight compatriots killed and 89 injured in the tragic bombing of the Glorietta 2 mall yesterday.

As we gather today in Plaza Salamanca, Manila, to pay tribute to and demand justice for our loved ones, friends and compatriots who were victims of state violence, we likewise join the nation in seeking justice for the victims of the Glorietta 2 bombing.

We join the call for a thorough investigation, arrest, trial and punishment of those responsible for the blast.

‘What the Supreme Court giveth, Gloria taketh away’ - Karapatan

Philippine human rights group Karapatan criticized President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for what it termed “a move to shield the military from its accountability to the people,” by issuing Administrative Order 197.

Karapatan likewise said that the writ of amparo and the writ of habeas data that the Supreme Court recently approved will be contradicted by AO 197 that prevents the “disclosure of military secrets.”

“What the Supreme Court giveth, Gloria Arroyo taketh away,” said Karapatan Public Information Officer Ruth Cervantes.

Rights group hit PNP deception on ‘solved’ cases of killings and disappearances

The announcement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that 56 cases of extrajudicial killings solved came as no surprise to human rights group Karapatan but criticized the PNP for deception.

“It is simply ridiculous if not totally deceiving that our police force keeps on insisting that cases are solved with the mere identification of suspects and filing of complaints,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary said.

“A case is solved when the perpetrators are convicted and put behind bars.” Clamor continues. 

 

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