June, 2016

Jail BS Aquino!

"The day has finally come. BS Aquino has lost immunity from suits!” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said, as the President Rodrigo Duterte succeeds Aquino. 

“With the 307 extrajudicial killings, 30 enforced disappearances, more than a hundred thousand victims of forced evacuations, torture and illegal arrests, BS Aquino should immediately be jailed,” Palabay said.Just before his term ends, 15 activists are threatened for arrest for helping the Lumad who forcibly evacuated due to Philippine Army and Alamara paramilitary’s occupation in their communities. 

Jail BS Aquino instead of leaders helping Lumad evacuees

“Up to the last days of his presidency, BS Aquino has not ceased to attack the Filipino people,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said on the Davao City court’s issuance of warrants of arrest against leaders of people’s organizations, human rights advocates and church workers in Southern Mindanao who assisted Lumad evacuees in UCCP Haran, Davao City.

People’s organizations draw up Peace and Human Rights agenda for Duterte's 1st 100 days

"Resume formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, in accordance with previously signed bilateral agreements, and pursue a genuine and sincere Moro peace process which will address the roots of decades-long armed conflict in Muslim Mindanao."


24 Hunyo, 2016

Children of War

They are children of war, victims of war their innocent minds cannot comprehend.  But they know injustice has been to done their parents who did nothing wrong by helping the farmers, the workers, the poor.  
Even adults cannot comprehend why launching a fight against the causes of poverty and unrest is a crime.  And why one should be jailed for one’s political beliefs. 

Karapatan welcomes GPH-NDFP Joint Statement to pursue peace talks

“On June 15, we received two good news for peace and human rights advocates,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said in a press conference of advocates led by Pilgrims for Peace.

Peace Process 2016 

Open Letter to President-elect Rody Duterte from a daughter of a desaparecido

June 8, 2016

Dear President Duterte, 
I once heard you call your daughter drama queen. My father would probably say the same for me. I was not raped, but my father is a desaparecido for nine years now, which brings out the drama queen in me. 

I am Aya Santos, daughter of Leo Velasco, a missing peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 


Karapatan position on various issues arising from the statements of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte

On peace talks with the NDFP

Karapatan fully supports the incoming President’s move to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines(NDFP) and the release of all political prisoners unjustly jailed because of trumped-up criminal charges. We also urge the incoming President to pull-out the troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from communities and to junk the Aquino counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan. We also urge President Duterte to immediately indemnify the victims of human rights violations under martial law.

SELDA says no to Marcos burial at “Libingan ng mga Bayani”

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of Karapatan and SELDA (an organization of former political detainees, mostly detained during the martial law era) today called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to “be more circumspect” on the issue of the burial of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.

CHR report essentially justifies gov’t use of violence vs Kidapawan farmers

“While the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Report on the Kidapawan carnage confirms the failure of the government to provide a timely and appropriate response to the needs of the El Niño-affected farmers and the accountability of State forces in the violent dispersal, it also parroted the BS Aquino regime's attempt to obfuscate the issue raised by the farmers by equally blaming the protesters,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan. 

Kidapawan Dispersal