March, 2012

Oplan Bayanihan in full swing

Karapatan today said in a media briefing that there is a marked and alarming increase in the number of human rights violations involving children due to the ongoing massive and intense military operations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the rural areas.

Arrest and jail rapists in the AFP

“That Capt. Danilo Lalin of the 50th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army was simply ‘relieved from duties’ is a pathetic response from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) considering the damage he wrought on the life of  Isabel, the 16-year old rape victim in Mankayan, Benguet. This is not the first time that members of the AFP have committed such heinous crime against women and minors,” said Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Karapatan and Tanggol Bayi (association of women human rights defenders).

Pullout military and paramilitary troops in peasant and indigenous communities

In a picket at the gates of Camp Aguinaldo today, Karapatan raised the alarm over the series of forced evacuation of hundreds peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao due to intense military operations in their ancestral lands.

What should we expect from the Aquino regime about the stalled peace talks and the repression of detained NDF peace consultants?

by ALAN JAZMINES, detained NDF consultant
PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame, 29 March 2012

We wonder if the administration of Benigno S. Aquino III does enough of serious consideration and work to really promote and push the peace talks, and if indeed it really is interested in the peace process at all. Several indications seem to show the opposite.

Rights violations under GMA and Palparan continue to surface

The more than a thousand cases of extrajudicial killings and hundreds of disappearances, and other rights violations cases documented under the Gloria Arroyo regime may be smaller than the actual incidents that happened, said Karapatan. “Some victims and their relatives are only able to report now out of fear of military reprisal because the military have not left their communities. But as these state-sponsored atrocities continue to happen under P-Noy’s watch, the victims and relatives have no other choice but to speak out now,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. 

Appeal for support for Mamanwa communities forcibly evacuated due to military operations

Dear friends and fellow rights advocates,

Greetings!

Military elements from the 30th and 38th IBPA and the 3rd Special Forces of the 402nd Brigade have encamped in civilian communities in the mountain areas of Cabadbaran and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte and Alegria in Surigao del Norte. The soldiers have occupied public places, and are staying in civilian houses with the residents. Soldiers, in combat alert mode, held civilians at gunpoint, using them as shields and indiscriminately firing high-powered firearms at populated areas. 

HLI leaders and farmers victims of both Arroyo and Aquino

“It’s plain and simple harassment of the farmers, who are the legitimate owners of the land in Hacienda Luisita,” said Karapatan today on the warrant of arrest  issued by the Tarlac Municipal Trial Court against Lito Bais, chairperson of the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU). Bais, along with 22 other farmer-leaders in Hacienda Luisita were charged with ‘grave coercion’ after they occupied parts of the Hacienda Luisita which was sold by the Cojuangcos to the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC).

Philippine UPR Watch delegation to ask US Congressional Offices to investigate VFA

NEW YORK CITY (March 21) – As P-Noy welcomes the presence of more U.S. troops in the country, two Philippine bishops and a former political prisoner is now in Washington, D.C. and are scheduled to meet with U.S. Congressional offices to lobby for an investigation on the connection between U.S. military aid to the Philippines and human rights violations. The group is also trying to work out an audience with the White House.

More US troops in PH to trigger more human rights violations

Karapatan warns of more human rights violations with the recent pronouncement of P-Noy that more US troops are coming ‘on rotation’ and through ‘increased military training exercises and port calls’.

Karapatan welcomes passage of bill against disappearances and bill on the compensation of Martial Law victims

Karapatan welcomes the long-overdue passage of the bills against enforced or involuntary disappearances and the measure legislating and enforcing the compensation of Martial Law victims, House Bills 98 and 5990 respectively, at the House of Representatives.

Karapatan to AFP: Stop victim blaming

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should stop its habit of blaming the people whose rights are violated in the implementation of its counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan, especially when the victims are children,” asserted Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. 

Filipino Rights Workers File Complaints on Violent Demolitions and Arbitrary Detention before the UN, Ask Support of Int’l Commu

[Geneva, Switzerland March 14, 2012] The Philippine UPR Watch, an ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights organizations and advocates that engages in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), capped the delegation’s activities in Geneva, Switzerland by filing complaints before the offices of UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik and Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Chair Malick Sow on the continuous rights violations under Philippine Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. 

P-Noy continues to skirt the issue of Human Rights

“It has been three months since the fugitive general, Jovito Palparan Jr., was issued a warrant of arrest by the Malolos Trial Court for the disappearance of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño yet he remains in hiding with neither a word nor two from the P-Noy government on his whereabouts. We now tend to believe that the warrant of arrest issued to Palparan was just for show,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. 

TELLING IT AS IT IS:Philippine UPR Watch Delegation to have audiences before US Congress and Canadian Parliament

The delegation of the Philippine UPR Watch is meeting with US Congressional offices, both Senate and House, as well as with the US State Department and the Canadian Parliament this month to bring to their attention the continuing extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture and other human rights violations under the Aquino administration. 

House probes Pnoy’s human rights record

Phil Rights Delegation at UN Calls for Justice for Filipina HR Defenders, Raise Child Rights Violations under Aquino

International Women’s Day:
Philippine Rights Delegation at the UN Calls for Justice for Filipina Human Rights Defenders, Raise Child Rights Violations under Aquino

Rights workers to raise plight of political prisoners before international rights body

[Geneva, Switzerland | March 8, 2012] The Philippine UPR Watch, an ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights organizations and advocates that engages in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), brought to the attention of the international rights body the continuing human rights violation in the Philippines, and the continuous occurrence of arbitrary arrests and detention under Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as the council conducts its 19th Regular Session.
 

Philippine human rights defenders tag counterinsurgency policy as PNoy’s way of honoring GMA and Palparan’s legacy of terror

INT’L SUPPORT FOR BUTCHER PALPARAN’S ARREST SOUGHT

[Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2012] An ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights defenders asked for the support of international NGOs and foreign missions based in Geneva to call on the Philippine government “to step up its efforts to arrest Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and to stop honoring his legacy of military terror and violence through Oplan Bayanihan.” 

Our Old Fashioned Typewriters Confiscated By A Bigoted Little Fascist

Last Thursday, February 23, custodial forces led by the chief of the PNP Camp Crame Custodial Center himself, P/Supt. Cesar Magsino, launched a sudden search operation into our detention cells.

Women rights group decry rape by “men in uniform,” scores use of rape under Oplan Bayanihan

On the first day of March as the internationally known Women’s Month, women’s rights group Tanggol Bayi scored the reported rape cases against two women in the provinces of Masbate and Rizal by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as “an indication of the continuing and brazen impunity perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).”