December, 2014

Detained volunteer teacher asks help from Pope Francis

“I believe that we are one in the cause of justice for the poor people. With this, I appeal for your help for the release of all political prisoners in the Philippines,” thus wrote detained volunteer teacher Rhea Pareja, one of the 491 political prisoners in the Philippines, in a letter to Pope Francis. 

Mothers of two youth political prisoners write to Pope Francis

In anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines next year, the mothers of the two University of the Philippines students abducted in August wrote to His Holiness for him to “intercede in the quest for freedom” for their sons Guiller Martin Cadana and Gerald Salonga. 

Andrea Rosal appeals to Pope Francis for her release--SELDA

“I appeal for your help. I believe you can do something for my release… I wish you consider my plea,” said Andrea Rosal in a letter to Pope Francis.

​Andrea Rosal is among the many political prisoners who asked Pope Francis to intercede for their release. Rosal said, “I am the daughter of the late Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, former spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines. I am detained at the Taguig City Jail because of trumped-up charges. The government considers my parents its enemies. By affiliation, the government arrested and jailed me despite my pregnancy.”

Just like the release of Cuban 5, SELDA calls Pope Francis to intercede for the release of political prisoner

As the group hails the release of Cuban 5, SELDA also called on Pope Francis to intercede for the release of youth political prisoners Guiller Martin Cadano and Gerald Salonga and all political prisoners. 

Karapatan to AFP-PNP: Nothing to brag about your bounty money

“It’s the year’s end and the AFP-PNP are just divvying up the booty,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on the reported awarding of P12.1 million to “four informants” who helped in the capture of alleged Abu Sayyaf members and a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Loida Magpatoc. 

Political prisoners write letters to Pope Francis, to hold fast on his arrival

As the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines nears, political prisoners gear up to be heard. Many political prisoners wrote letters addressed to the Pope to call for support for their freedom. 

Manilakbayan files complaint vs QCPD on Times St. dispersal

Peasant leader Antonio Flores, activists from Southern Tagalog, and delegates of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao filed a complaint against officials and members of the Quezon City Police District in connection with the violent dispersal of protesters during the November 29 protest action in front of Pres. Benigno Aquino’s residence in Times Street, Quezon City. The complaint was filed before the Commission on Human Rights on December 12, two days after the commemoration of International Human Rights Day on December 10.

Killings under Aquino marked by torture,brutality

“The US torture report on the CIA's crimes affirms the continuing policy and practice of torture and other rights violations by the US government. The US government transports this practice to its neo-colonies to subvert the sovereignty of nations and peoples’ rights. Its US counter-insurgency guide of 2009, and all its counter-insurgency programs in the past, has caused numerous violations of peoples’ rights in various countries such as the Philippines. Photocopies of the US counterinsurgency programs are laid out and transformed into operational plans by their puppet regimes and domestic troops. Thus, the BS Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan that is implemented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said. 

Karapatan 2014 Monitor

Victims of Civil and Political Rights under the Noynoy Aquino Gov't 

HRV Stats Nov2014


URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPORT: KARAPATAN, SELDA, Desaparecidos, Tanggol Bayi, and Hustisya are calling on all concerned citizens in the Philippines and abroad for support for relief goods (food, clothes, blankets, medicines) for our kababayans, most especially women and children, affected by typhoon Ruby (Hagupit).

Please bring your donations to Karapatan National Office, Erythrina Building, #Maaralin cor. Matatag Streets, Central District, Quezon City. Please contact the following Tinay Palabay (0917-5003879) or any of the these numbers: +632 4354146 and +63917 8299202. You can also email us for inquiries at Please share this urgent call for support!

UN Special Rapporteur on HR Defenders heeds Manilakbayan, HR defenders’ situation

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (UNSR-HRD) Michel Forst expressed interest to renew his mandate’s request to the Philippine government for an official visit in the country to investigate reports of rights violations against human rights defenders. Forst is in the country as keynote speaker in a gathering of human rights defenders in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Karapatan backs Manilakbayan’s filing of charges vs. police in Times St. dispersal

"Karapatan supports the move of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao to file charges against members of the Philippine National Police led by P/ Supt. Pedro Sanchez of Police Station 2 of Quezon City for the violent dispersal of the protestors at Times St., Quezon City on November 29,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. 

Political prisoners go on fast, call for release and end to criminalization of political acts—SELDA

Countdown to International Human Rights Day
Political prisoners in the Philippines launched a 7-day fast today, as members of the International League of People's Struggle (ILPS) commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners. The fast will last until December 10 the International Human Rights Day. 

Govt spends people’s money to jail activists on false criminal charges

Countdown to International Human Rights Day

“For 2014 alone, the government gave away at least PhP 51.2 million of people’s money to so-called informers that led to the arrest of perceived ‘enemies of the state’ falsely charged with criminal offenses and are now languishing in jail. Who these “informers” were, only the government knows,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

Statement on the International Action for the Release of Political Prisoners

On the International Day of Action for the Release of Political Prisoners on December 3, the Commission 3[i]

Malacañang should account for rights violations instead of blaming victims

Countdown to International Human Rights Day
Malacañang called the November 29 protest action of the Manilakbayan contingent at Times St., Quezon City “vandalism masquerading as legitimate protest”.

“It is a logical reaction from a regime that looks at governance as a game of masquerade instead of looking into and addressing the roots of people’s dissent,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Female political prisoners in Taguig City Jail calls for immediate release of Miradel Torres--SELDA

A statement released by female political prisoners at the Taguig City Jail (TCJ) called on BS Aquino to free the mother and child, as an early Christmas present. "Sa kaso ni Maria Miradel Torres at ng kanyang sanggol na naging bilanggong politikal na din mula pa sa sinapupunan hanggang nitong unang mga araw niya sa mundo; mahigpit naming hinihiling sa Pangulong Aquino na ibigay na sana niya sa mag-ina, bilang maagang pamasko ang agad nilang paglaya."