June, 2009

Rights group reiterates calls on government to stop policy of torture, render justice to victims

At the CA hearing today for Fil-Am torture survivor, Melissa Roxas’ petition for the writ of amparo

Rights group reiterates calls on government to stop policy of torture, render justice to victims 

Karapatan commends adbucted torture survivor Fil-Am activist Melissa Roxas for speaking to the public for the first time yesterday, Sunday (Manila time). Roxas tearfully recounted her experience in the hands of her abductors, in a press conference in Los Angeles which was streamed via the internet to the rest of the world.

The human rights alliance and relatives of victims of human rights violations shall again troop to the Court of Appeals for the hearing of Roxas’ petition for the writ of amparo.  “We hope that the Court of Appeals will look kindly on Melissa Roxas’ petition and grant the prayers asked for in this case so that the remedies of the writ of amparo can be rendered to her,” thus, said by the mothers of Desaparecidos who attended the hearing to show support to Roxas.

End the policy of Torture and human rights violations; Stop Oplan Bantay Laya!

The human rights organization, Karapatan, together with the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at para sa Amnestiya (SELDA), Hustisya! and the families of the Desaparecidos, today observes the International Day In Solidarity with Victims of Torture with a protest action in front of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).  NICA IS one of the government agencies that plans the notorious Oplan Bantay Laya, a counter-insurgency program that victimizes Filipinos.

Torture survivor weds his sweetheart; vows to continue fighting for justice

On June 20, members of the organizations of victims and relatives of victims of human rights violations, Desaparecidos and Hustisya! as well as the human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, turned out in a jubilant mood to show their support to the wedding of torture survivor Raymond Manalo, and his sweetheart, Kristel Alminiana, in a simple ceremony at the St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Quezon City.

Progressive partylists’ conference in Cagayan, Philippines raided by suspected members of the AFP

The victims were conducting a workshop-planning on Regional Development Center-Northern Luzon/ Katinnulong Daguiti Umili iti Amianan’s (RDC-NL/KADUAMI) Projects Monitoring and Evaluation back-to-back with a Regional Leaders' Conference on Election and Governance. The participants were members of the partner organizations of RDC/KADUAMI and the activities were being facilitated by its staff. The workshop-planning and conference was for June 9 to June 11, 2009.  

KARAPATAN condemns continuing assault on activists and progressive organizations

Rights group raises alarm over rising violations cases in the run –up to the 2010 elections

Karapatan condemns continuing assault on activists and progressive organizations


The human rights alliance Karapatan today denounced the continuing state-perpetrated attacks on activists and progressive organizations.  Particularly, the Alliance condemns the June 11 raid of an electoral consultation and conference in Cagayan Valley, participated in by 19 representatives of people's organizations, as well as local coordinators of progressive partylist organizations Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela Women's Party and Kabataan. 

At around midnight of June 11, not less than 30 men, some of whom were masked and wearing camouflage pants, combat boots, and armed with M16 rifles and .45 caliber pistols, forced their way into the sleeping quarters of the participants at MasCoop Resort, Bgy. Masisit, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan province.

The perpetrators threatened to kill the victims and took all of their personal belongings including laptops, personal documents and money.  The manner, accuracy and swiftness of the raid show a similar pattern of military attacks in many of the earlier cases of abductions and raids committed in other areas and in other cases.

IALAG abolition does not wash off blood from GMA’s hands

Human rights watchdog Karapatan welcomed the long overdue abolition of the Inter-agency Legal Affairs Group (IALAG). Karapatan claimed that the Philippine government's act of abolishing IALAG is  but a confirmation that  the agency has time and again been used by state agents to violate human rights.

IALAG, formed by the President through Executive Order 493 in 2006, was tasked to investigate, prosecute, monitor and handle litigation processes of cases involving national security. However, the group has become a government agency responsible for fabricating criminal lawsuits against political activists suspected of being members or supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Human rights workers and advocates were not spared from the legal offensives. 

Now that IALAG is abolished, Karapatan called for the immediate release of the individuals illegally arrested and detained including Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' leaders Randall Echanis and Bernadith Dignos; National Democratic Front peace consultants Randy Felix Malayo and Elizabeth Principe.

Peasant leader assassinated by suspected military elements after attending anti-Charter Change protest in Dumaguete City

In the height of the mounting protests against the Philippine Congress’ attempts for constitutional amendments through Charter Change, local organizations from Negros Oriental staged their own protest action on June 10, 2009 at the baywalk plaza in Dumaguete City.

 

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