April, 2008

Rights group urges the Philippine Senate to ratify OPCAT now!

KARAPATAN welcomes the news that the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) is being sent by Malacañang to the Senate for ratification.

“For a long time we have been urging the government to ratify the OPCAT as it offers additional remedy to victims of human rights violations; we, therefore, call on the Senate to ratify it as soon as possible,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, secretary general of KARAPATAN.

Arroyo human rights victims protest lies told at UPR

A cruel regime lurks behind the smiling mask of the Arroyo government.‘Living testament to regime's bloody rights record’
Arroyo human rights victims protest lies told at UPR

Victims of human rights violations of the Arroyo regime held its 3rd Saturday gathering today, April 19, 2008 to register their objection to the lies told by the Philippine government during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week.

To dramatize their protest, the organization Hustisya (Victims of Arroyo Regime United for Justice), depicted Mrs. Gloria Arroyo as a dummy, “joker with bloody hands.” They scored the Arroyo government for its stubborn view of protests against the worsening human rights situation in the country as nothing but propaganda.

Arroyo regime can’t hide its gruesome human rights record

Human rights alliance Karapatan, today said that the Philippine government’s report before the United Nations in the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review is but an attempt to hide the Arroyo government’s gruesome human rights record. While the Philippine delegation led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita pulled his act with an out-and-out tale of deception before the UNHRC session, victims of human rights violations and their families in their second monthly gathering for the year expressed disapproval and disgust.

KARAPATAN Monitor April-June 2008

Karapatan monitor2The decrease in number (of extrajudicial killings) while a cause to congratulate is
likewise a cause to condemn because it merely shows clearly who are behind the
extrajudicial killings,” states Prof. Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur
on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
 

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