August, 2015

Open letter to 401st IB: Stop playing charades with your HR Trainings

Dear friends,

On August 24, 2015, Col. Alexander Macario of the 401st Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army wrote a letter to KARAPATAN inviting a "lecturer" from the organization for their human rights training with the Commission on Human Rights Region 13 office. We are sharing our response, through a letter by KARAPATAN Secretary General Cristina Palabay. Attached also is the letter of invitation sent by the said AFP unit. 

KARAPATAN Public Information Team

Massacres and extrajudicial killings committed amid early campaigning of Aquino party

"Thirteen massacres, 46 victims, seven of them are minors. These all happened under Commander-in-chief BS Aquino since 2010 up to the present," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay cried out in front of the Department of Justice today. Karapatan joined Bayan and other people's organizations in a protest action on the continuing extrajudicial killings in the country. 
13 cases of massacre under BS Aquino

Locals who volunteered to help wounded soldiers massacred by 9th IBPA

UA Date : August 25, 2015
UA Case : Massacre/Extrajudicial Killing
Victim/s :
Adam Fajardo

JASIG CONTINUES TO BE VIOLATED NDFP Consultants Concha Araneta-Bocala and Ernesto Lorenzo arrested

Dear friends, 
Please join us in our call to release National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala and Ernesto Lorenzo and for the Government of the Philippines to respect the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and other signed agreements with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 

BS Aquino regime no let-up in hunting down human rights workers

Karapatan slams the BS Aquino regime for hunting human rights workers as Karapatan-Sorsogon Spokesperson Teodoro “Ka Tudoy” Escanilla was gunned down on August 20, 2015 in Barcelona, Sorsogon. 

Trumped-up charges filed vs torture victim by military torturers

"Tinortyur na nga, sinampahan pa ng mga gawa-gawang kaso," (The victim was not only tortured, trumped-up charges were also filed against him) said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, on the case of tortured farmer Ruben Wating. 

Karapatan condemns Aquino regime’s moves to prolong detention of NDFP peace consultants

"We condemn the BS Aquino government's latest moves to prolong the detention of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultants Leopoldo Caloza and Renante Gamara," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

Leopoldo CalozaRenante Gamara 

EO 546 legitimized paramilitaries and illegal arrests, revision will worsen rights abuses in PH

“Instead of revoking Executive Order 546, a policy that legitimized the creation of paramilitary groups and private armies, the BS Aquino administration is now using it to further the proliferation of these armed dogs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Instead of junking a policy that supports a counter-insurgency program that infringes on basic human rights, BS Aquino enhanced it to worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines with the use of force multipliers," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said. 

False claims on UN-SR exit statement typical of Philippine military

“How the Armed Forces twisted the words of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons is nothing new. It has been the “logic” of fascist minds to justify their attacks against the people,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

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Karapatan to BS Aquino: Convict Palparan before end of term

"We dare BS Aquino to use his power to convict Gen. Palparan before he exits his post," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said. Palparan, arrested same time last year for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, was brought to Philippine Army custody a month after his 'arrest'. "Palparan is still on staycation," Palabay said.

Karapatan questions sincerity of BS Aquino to dismantle private armies

Karapatan called BS Aquino’s “intensified campaign against private armies to ensure clean and credible elections next year” as the height of the government’s hypocrisy saying that “the dismantling of paramilitary groups has long been ignored by the regime, despite repeated calls from both here and in the international community.”

Women rights defenders cite gov’t, TNC accountability on attacks vs women, communities

Women human rights defenders from across the globe scored governments and trans-national corporations for the plunder and their lands and resources that adversely affected women and their communities. 

Respect Freedom of Expression, Release the Activists in Malaysia

KARAPATAN Philippines condemns the recent arrest and detention of Malaysian activists, during their peaceful assembly to express their call for an investigation of an alleged corruption on the 1MDB issue. We likewise join the call for their immediate and unconditional release. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are basic human rights enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  We believe the Malaysian people, as all peace-and-democracy-loving people of the world, have strived to get these rights embedded in their own Constitution.

Congress urged to hold hearing on the condition of breastfeeding political prisoner

Karapatan and Breastfeeding Philippines, a program of Nurturers of the Earth, urged both houses of Congress to conduct a congressional hearing in aid of legislation on Republic Act 10028 (The Act Expanding the Promotion of Breastfeeding) in relation to the condition of political prisoner Miradel Torres, a breastfeeding mother, and his son Karl. Torres and son are both detained at the Taguig City Jail (TCJ) in Bicutan.

Karapatan dares Mar Roxas to initiate withdrawal of DILG-DND reward system; says it violates JASIG

Karapatan said the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) “reward system-bounty list” weighs heavier than its joint agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on safety and immunity guarantees or the JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). 

Workshop Group on the Gendered Impacts of Mining--DECLARATION


Workshop Group on the Gendered Impacts of Mining
By Association of Women´s Rights in Development (AWID), Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center, Karapatan Alliance for People’s Rights, KAIROS


International People’s Conference on Mining

Manila, Philippines | July 30 – August 1, 2015


Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) have a very strong connection with their lands and territories, which they describe as a source of life. In addition, the environmental damage generated by the extractive industry impacts women’s ability to provide food and clean water for their families and communities. Also with the loss of land and displacement, women’s workload to provide for their families increases, including the impact on women who are trafficked and victims of forced migration. Destructive and large-scale mining also impacts on their and their families’ health, and their livelihood. 

For all these reasons, many women have taken leadership roles defending their lands and communities. They are building and strengthening their organizations and communities; creating spaces for the development of their capacities; leading protests and direct actions; asserting women’s voices in negotiation platforms, political and governance processes; and are building solidarity across communities and national borders to resist transgressions on their rights. Assuming these new roles has increased their visibility, but has also put them at greater risk. WHRDs are exposed to violence from businesses, governments and repressive institutions, including patriarchal structures that perpetuate violence. 


Workshop Group on the Gendered Impacts of Mining--DECLARATION 

UN Special Rapporteur’s statement boosts call for pull-out of AFP troops in communities

Karapatan acknowledged the statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani on the impact of the military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the rights of indigenous people in Mindanao, especially those in mining-affected areas in Tampakan, South Cotabato and those who forcibly evacuated to Davao City.