July, 2019

Karapatan decries Sandiganbayan decision on Morong 43 case

Karapatan today lambasted the recent reported ruling of the 7th Division of the Sandiganbayan, which dismissed charges filed by the health workers collectively known as the Morong 43 on violations of their rights under Republic Act 7438. 

“The decision of the 7th Division of the Sandiganbayan on the Morong 43 case is one of the most stark indications that despite strong evidence and testimonies of human rights violations by State actors, impunity rules the land,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor, who also testified in the said proceedings as husband of Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, one of the tortured and illegally arrested and detained members of the Morong 43. 

Karapatan backs NUPL amid CA’s denial of temporary protection order request

In a resolution dated July 11, the Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the National Union of People’s Lawyers’ (NUPL) request for a temporary protection order (TPO) “which is an ancillary remedy to the privilege of the writ of amparo.” If granted, the protection order would have prohibited state forces from threatening and harassing the members of the lawyers’ group, but the court’s Special 15th Division rejected the application.
 
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EJK victims’ kin, rights advocates call for an end to killings, challenge PH gov’t to cooperate with UN report process

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime, relatives of the victims of extrajudicial killings, along with several human rights groups on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 trooped to the Department of National Defense (DND) in Camp Aguinaldo and to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Karapatan hits DepEd for the shutdown of 55 Lumad schools, questions Esperon’s report

“This government continuously shows us its propensity for condemning people and communities on the basis of “lists” and unverified reports.  This was true for the proscription petition which included hundreds of individuals and aliases who were not vetted by the Department of Justice, and were merely fed by the AFP, PNP, and NICA. The Department of Education’s order for the closure of 55 Lumad schools stems from the same false, unverified and malicious reports,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General said.

Karapatan slams PH govt officials on their adverse reactions to UN HRC resolution

“Philippine government officials, whose cacophony of excuses for non-cooperation on the UN Human Rights Council resolution has pervaded recent news, are like wolves baying for more blood. Instead of welcoming an independent and modest action, they have strewn all possible alibis against the gathering of information on the facts regarding the human rights situation in the country and have justified the policies that enable further attacks on people’s rights. These responses prove that the Duterte administration has much to hide and that an independent international probe is much needed,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

UN HRC Adoption of Reso on PH a Sign of Defiance vs Govt's Fake News, Disinformation and Threats

Karapatan, alongside people’s organizations, members of civil society, and human rights victims and their families, lauds and thanks the 18 States that defied the fake news, disinformation, and threats as they voted for the adoption of the Iceland-led resolution on the Philippines. Maraming salamat po. 

Karapatan: UNHRC’s passage of Iceland reso on PH is a concrete, welcome step towards justice and accountability

Press Release

July 11, 2019

On July 11, 2019, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to pass the resolution tabled by Iceland, which asked member-states to take concrete steps on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines during the council’s 41st session.

Karapatan condemns killing of human rights advocates, calls for support on Iceland’s reso on the Philippines

“As another two human rights defenders were gunned down in Negros Oriental and Bukidnon, Karapatan renews its call on member-states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to support Iceland’s resolution on the present rights situation in the Philippines,” Christina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary-General said.

Kin of political prisoners, advocates call for release of more than 500 political prisoners in PH

Relatives of political prisoner, human rights advocates, and various groups held a protest action on July 10, 2019, declared as the Global Day of Action to Release all Political Prisoners. The event was part of a campaign launched by Kapatid, the association of families and friends of political prisoners, Karapatan, and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).

Karapatan calls on UN HRC member-states to support Iceland’s resolution on the rights situation in PH

On June 4, 2019, Iceland tabled a proposed resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, asking member-states to take concrete steps on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines during the council’s 41st session.

Filipino Rights Workers Urge International Community to Stand by the Victims Amidst the Charivari, Calumny and Callousness

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - The resolution tabled by Iceland and supported by many States at the current 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to comprehensively and methodically address the horrendous extrajudicial killings and the plethora of rights violations in the Philippines is a highly significant international initiative.

 

Karapatan backs journalist Margarita Valle in filing criminal, administrative raps vs. police, military

On July 4, 2019, veteran journalist and Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle filed criminal charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, arbitrary detention, violations under the Anti-Torture Act and violation of Miranda Rights against officers of the police and the military who illegally arrested and detained her for more than 10 hours.

As cops kill 3-year-old girl in drug bust, Karapatan renews call to end Duterte’s drug war

“Despite the public outrage on Duterte’s war against illegal drugs that has killed thousands of individuals in police operations and vigilante-style killings, this regime seems relentless in pushing for an ineffective, militarist policy. The death of a 3-year-old girl is the tragic reflection of the irreparable damage and loss to Filipino families," said Christina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary-General.

Karapatan hits bill to lower age of criminal responsibility as Sen. Sotto files it anew

“Karapatan reiterates its opposition on the bill lowering the age of criminal responsibility as Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III refiled it on Monday, July 1 despite strong condemnation from various groups and individuals when it was filed in the 17th Congress,” Jose Mari Callueng, Karapatan National Council member, said.

Pandarahas sa mga manggagawa ng Pepmaco, kinundena ng Karapatan

Mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan ang tahasang paglabag sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa ng Peerless Products Manufacturing Corporation (Pepmaco) sa Laguna.

Ang Pepmaco ang gumagawa ng mga sabong panlaba kagaya ng Champion at Calla, Systema toothpaste at Hana shampoo.

Another wave of red-tagging targets human rights lawyer in Mindanao and Karapatan officer in Cebu

“In light of the Court of Appeals 14th Division’s dismissal of Karapatan’s amparo and habeas data petition, more cases of red-tagging have been reported in various parts of the country. Karapatan Central Visayas chairperson Phoebe Zoe Sanchez, also a professor in UP, recently received a death threat and women human rights lawyers in Mindanao were harassed in their home. People’s lives are on the line and the Duterte regime’s vindictive and fascist policies continue to fuel and fund the attacks directed at human rights defenders and progressive groups,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

Karapatan protests CA’s dismissal of its amparo petition

On June 28, 2019, the 14th Division of the Court of Appeals dismissed the petitions for the writ of amparo and habeas data filed by Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela. Karapatan assailed the decision and referred to it as “a gross disservice to the human rights defenders who continue to experience perilous conditions in the conduct of their human rights work.” 

 

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