March, 2008

Window dressing can't hide stench of Arroyo regime's bloody human rights record --Karapatan

The Philippine human rights alliance Karapatan today said that window dressing cannot hide the stench of the Arroyo regime's bloody human rights record. They also said that "Mrs. Arroyo and Gen. Ermita will not be happy for long because the world knows that justice has not been served and that the killings and disappearances continue."

Another Pastor Abducted and Illegally Detained in Mindoro Occidental, Philippines


On 15 March 2008 at around 7:30pm, Pastor Mel Abesamis, a human rights worker was abducted in the town of San Jose, Mindoro Occidental. No report as to the details of the abduction yet. The pastor had been missing for two days.

UN called upon to heed victims of terror in its review of Arroyo's rights record

In the observance of the International Women's Month and in their monthly Saturday gathering, women relatives and friends of victims of human rights violations linked arms with other human rights defenders at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, in a bid to call the attention of the United Nations to the human rights record of the Arroyo administration.

Women human rights defenders call for removal of rights violator in Malaca├▒ang

Women human rights defenders and relatives of human rights violations victims (HRVVs) belonging to Karapatan, Desaparecidos, Hustisya! today kicked off the commemoration of International Women's Month with renewed calls to remove the sitting president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"A first step towards justice is to drive out the thief and human rights violator in Malacanang. Palayasin ang babaeng lapastangan!" said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan, a leading human rights organization in the Philippines.