December, 2008

2008 Year-End Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karapatan is releasing this 2008 report on the human rights situation in the Philippines as the world observes the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This report principally features cases of violation of human rights, as recorded by Karapatan, from January to October 2008. It also includes a review of escalating attacks against human rights defenders since 2001 and our experience so far with the writ of amparo. It reveals that amidst our celebration of the global triumphs of our advocacy for human rights, social justice remains a work-in-progress in the Philippines.

 

 

Karapatan reports on state of Philippine human rights, emphasizes Arroyo accountability

In the observance of 60th Year of the UDHR

Karapatan reports on state of Philippine human rights, emphasizes Arroyo accountability

 

The biggest human rights network in the Philippines today released its annual report on the human rights situation under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Karapatan presented to the public its 2008 Human Rights Report in a media briefing at Max's Quezon Avenue in Quezon City on the commemoration of the 10th Year of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the eve of the observance of the 60th Year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The report principally features cases of violation of human rights, as recorded by the Alliance, from January to October 2008. It also includes a review of escalating attacks against human rights defenders since 2001 and the current experience with the Supreme Court-issued remedy of the writ of amparo.

Fear for safety of a Moro human rights defender abducted in Taguig City, Philippines

At around 1:15 PM of November 28, 2008, Mohammad Diya Hamja just came from the Blue Mosque in Maharlika Village after his noontime prayer. He was walking home a few meters away from the mosque gate, when a white L-300 van with license plate number XHC-238 stopped beside him.  Two men alighted from the van, armed with long firearms, one of whom was wearing a ski-mask, pointed their rifles at him and at the other people behind him.  The armed men forced him inside the van.  Witnesses said that apart from the two men, around six more were involved.

 

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