February, 2011

On the 25th anniversary of EDSA 1: A crying need to fight for human rights

AS THE NATION celebrates the victorious people’s uprising to oust the fascist dictatorship of Marcos in 1986, we in the human rights alliance of KARAPATAN reaffirm our commitment to defend and fight for the human rights of the Filipino people.

Young girl traumatized by military conducting operations in Calinog, Iloilo

Account of the Incident:

On January 5, 2011, at around 12:20 p.m., army soldiers and CAFGUs came to the house of Manuelito Loreno at Brgy. Binulusan Grande, Calinog, Iloilo. The soldiers went near the door of the low bamboo house while the CAFGUs stood at a short distance.

Peace consultant and JASIG-holder, arbitrarily arrested in Quezon Province, Philippines

Account of the Incident: 

At around 6:30 pm of February 14, around 40 fully-armed elements of the PNP Region 3, 56th Infantry Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, 7th Military Intelligence Group, 703rd Infantry Brigade, and Intelligence Security Group  arrived at Villa Aurea Subdivision in Barangay Subic, Baliuag, Bulacan and closed-in on NDFP peace consultant Allan Jazmines while inside one of the houses in the said subdivision.

In support of the GPH-NDFP peace talks, Karapatan calls for release of all political prisoners

WITH the formal peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) about to resume this week, the human rights group  KARAPATAN calls on the Aquino administration for the unconditional release of all political prisoners in the country.
“This would be a gesture of goodwill on the part of the government,” KARAPATAN spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.
Militant groups and peace advocates will march to Mendiola on Monday to support the resumption of talks between the government and the NDFP.

Reyes' death should bear on the conscience of the AFP officers' corps -- Karapatan

WITH THE SHOCKING death of former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Angelo Reyes, the human rights group KARAPATAN commiserates and condoles with the family even as it expressed  its regrets “that one uncovered trail of corruption within the AFP has been smeared by blood.”

His death should bear on the conscience of the AFP, particularly its officers’ corps,” Karapatan spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.

Inquiry shows AFP not only rights violators but plunderers as well?


Karapatan: Gov't should look beyond the plea bargain

KARAPATAN lauds Heidi Mendoza.  She not only upheld government accountability as a public auditor. She dared face the powerful military institution to unravel a can of worms of plunder and corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – at the risk of her own and her family’s security. 



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