May, 2019

Pagtanggal sa Filipino bilang core subject sa kolehiyo at mandatory ROTC, mga atake sa karapatan ng mamamayan

Mahigpit na kinondena ng Karapatan ang desisyon ng Korte Suprema na alisin ang Filipino at Panitikan bilang mga pangunahing asignatura sa kolehiyo. Nakikiisa ang Karapatan sa lahat ng grupong patuloy na naninindigan para igiit ang ating pambansang pagkakakilanlan dahil ito ay mahalang gulugod ng karapatang pantao ng mamamayan.

Supreme Court issues writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of red-tagged rights groups Karapatan, Gabriela, RMP

On May 24, 2019, the Supreme Court, in an en banc session, issued a writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of petitioners Karapatan, Gabriela, and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP). The Court also directed the Court of Appeals to hear the petition on June 18, 2019, and to submit a decision on the case. The said organizations filed petitions for a writ of amparo and habeas data on May 6, 2019, citing incidents of threats, red-tagging and attacks against members and officers. 

Palayain ang Racat 16! Palayain ang lahat ng mga bilanggong pulitikal!

Mariing iginigiit ng Karapatan ang pagpapalaya sa labing-anim (16) na magsasaka at mangingisda na iligal na inaresto sa isang marahas na demolisyon sa pangunguna ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng Philippine National Police (PNP) at Armed Forces of the Philippines - Philippine Marine Corps (AFP-PMC) sa Sitio Racat, Barangay Rapuli, Sta. Ana, Cagayan noong Abril 24, 2019. Ang demolisyon ay naganap habang iginigiit ng mga taga-Sitio Racat ang kanilang karapatan sa lupa, mula sa pangangamkam ng CADILLAND, Inc, isang land developer. 

​Karapatan calls for vigilance amid possible passage of amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007

On May 28, 2019, the House of Representatives (HOR) is expected to convene to tackle the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007, or the Anti-Terror Law. Karapatan has continuously expressed its opposition to the passage of proposed amendments to the HSA, as its draconian provisions are tantamount to the deliberate crippling and infringement of the people’s civil and political rights. “This will bring us one step closer to a full-fledged dictatorship,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan renews calls for release of trade unionist Maoj Maga, asserts that unionism is not a crime

The Free Maojo Maga campaign has designated May 28, 2019 as the global day of action to call for the release of trade unionist Maoj Maga of the Kilusang Mayo Uno. Maga is set to face judgment for trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms on June 3, 2019. He was illegally arrested in February 2018 while playing basketball in his neighborhood. 

Rights violations, dire state of Marawi evacuees, plunder of resources and corrupt dealings mark 2nd year ML in Mindanao

“May 23, 2019 marks the 2nd year of martial law implementation in Mindanao. The Duterte government has perpetrated several myths about military rule and has intentionally propagated fear to justify the extension and passage of repressive policies. Martial law did not bring about safety, but rather atrocities such as the Patikul massacre of 7 youths in September 2018, the Jolo twin bombings, and corruption and abuses among the ranks of security forces,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan supports key findings of int’l NGO mission, challenges the PH gov’t to adopt measures to protect defenders

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has recently concluded its international mission on the situation of human rights defenders in the Philippines, in a press conference held at the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City on Wednesday, May 22. FIDH and OMCT met with various stakeholders, including victims of human rights violations and their kin, and human rights organizations.

Slain rights advocate in Negros reelected as city councilor in Negros - Karapatan

On April 22, 2019, Bernardino Patigas, 72, was gunned down by motorcycle-riding gunmen along the highway of Brgy. Washington, Escalante City, Negros Occidental. Patigas, or “Tatay Toto” to many of his colleagues, was a Sangguniang Panglunsod member in Escalante City. He was running for re-election and was on his way home from an election campaign activity when he was killed. On May 13, 2019, as per partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections, Tatay Toto has won a seat as the city’s 10th councilor, with 18,011 votes.

Karapatan: Investigate PNP for distributing black propaganda outside election precincts

“In an effort to pursue their smear campaign against progressive partylists, elements of the police were seen distributing materials which red-tagged groups under the Makabayan bloc on May 13, within the vicinity of election precincts. This is a blatant disregard of the law. We likewise raise the possibility of these materials being published and distributed at the expense of taxpayer’s money. The country’s security forces have shown its skewed priorities, choosing to target partylists which not only have a solid track record, but are truly representative of the marginalized,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan, RMP, and Gabriela seek legal protection vs threats, vilification at the Supreme Court

On May 6, 2019, Karapatan, together with Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela, with the assistance from lawyers of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), filed petition at the Supreme Court to seek legal protection from threats to life, liberty and security, amid accusations of being fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.