November, 2019

Surface Honey Mae Suazo, Free Cora Agovida! Hands off women and environmental human rights defenders!

November 29 is designated by women’s groups worldwide as the International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day. It is a day meant to celebrate the contributions of women defenders in advancing women’s rights, as well as commemorate the colorful and courageous lives of WHRDs who were killed in the line of fire. 

Karapatan Negros Oriental coordinator remembered by family and colleagues, 2 years after her killing

November 28, 2019 marks the second year after Karapatan’s Negros Oriental coordinator Elisa Badayos and peasant coordinator Eleuterio Moises were killed while on a factfinding mission in Bayawan, Negros Oriental. 

Two Pinay rights defenders at risk receive recognition for activism

Two women activists and officers of human rights group Karapatan were recently commended for their staunch efforts in the defense of human rights.

Karapatan echoes Robredo's question: What is this government hiding?

"There was never any sincere attempt on the part of the Duterte government to address the root causes of the drug menace to begin with.

10 years after the Ampatuan massacre: zero justice, attacks on journalists continue

Human rights group Karapatan expressed its solidarity with the families of the 58 defenseless victims of the infamous Ampatuan Massacre in commemorating its 10th year and in urging the government to convict the butcher’s merciless masterminds.

A year since Duterte’s MO No. 32, Karapatan blasts de facto martial law in Negros, Eastern Visayas, Bicol

Human rights group Karapatan strongly criticized the de facto martial law situation in Negros, Eastern Visayas and Bicol that has resulted in human rights violations in the said regions, after a year of implementation of Pres.

NTF is a dangerous superbody that imposes de facto martial rule in PH - Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan said, after President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent joint command conference with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), that the “NTF’s militarist whole-of-nation approach to the armed confli

Karapatan: Duterte admin continues to evade accountability on drug war killings, rights violations

Human rights alliance Karapatan today commented that “even as Pres.

Bicutan political prisoners rap “sinister” scheme to dump them in far-flung jails

Political prisoners rapped the “sinister and inhumane scheme” now being rolled out through court motions to move them out of Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City to “harsher and less secure conditions” in local jails mostly outside Metro Manila.

Karapatan statement on the 1000th day of Senator De Lima’s unjust incarceration

As today marks the 1000th day of the incarceration of Sen. Leila de Lima, Karapatan expresses its solidarity in the call for her immediate release and for the dismissal of the trumped-up charges filed against her. 

More than a thousand rights advocates to DOJ from 26 countries: dismiss trumped up charges vs Karapatan, RMP, Gabriela

Yesterday, November 19, the petition of more than a thousand individual rights advocates calling for the dismissal of the trumped up and malicious perjury charges against twelve leaders of Karapatan, the Rural Missionaries of the Philipp

Detention of Cambodian rights leaders, dissolution of Maldivian rights group signs of closing civic spaces in Asia Pacific

Philippine human rights  group Karapatan joins other human rights groups and advocates in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region in expressing the strongest condemnation on the growing threats and attacks on human rights defenders in the region, particularly the detention of Cambodian human rights leader Mu Sochu

Karapatan hits DND, AFP for maliciously tagging religious and aid groups as “legal fronts”

Human rights group Karapatan expresses its deep concern over the recent presentation made by the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which tagged various religious and humanitarian organizations as fronts of the “Communist Terrorist Group.”
On Tuesday, November 5, while presenting the AFP Modernization Program in a hearing at the House of Representatives, Major General Reuben Basiao, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelli

Karapatan questions QC judge’s role in weaponizing the law to target activists

Human rights group Karapatan, along with various people’s organizations, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently baseless search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens of activists. The search warrants led to the filing of trumped-up charges on the basis of planted evidence, covering offices of people's organizations in Negros and Manila.

Series of raids, killing of former political prisoner and disappearance of former Karapatan officer mark intensifying crackdown

Human rights group Karapatan strongly assails the Duterte government and its whole gamut of state forces for orchestrating an intensifying crackdown against legal organizations and vocal activists. Progressive advocacy groups such as Karapatan, Bayan, Gabriela, Bayan Muna, among others, have battled through different governments and numerous repressive policies.

Karapatan protests DND request to transfer peace consultant Frank Fernandez from Taguig to Laguna

In a letter dated July 25, 2019, the Department of National Defense (DND), through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, requested the transfer of peace consultants Frank Fernandez and his wife Cleofe Lagtapon from the Metro Manila District Jail Annex 4 to the Laguna Provincial Jail.

“Evidence” seized from raids, mass arrests in Bacolod all planted by operatives amid gov’t bid to silence and discredit critics

Human rights group Karapatan strongly decried the coordinated raids and mass arrests conducted against activists and progressive organizations in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and in Manila on Thursday, October 31. The rights group asserted that the evidence allegedly gathered from the raids were planted, and were mere “Halloween dirty tricks” by the Duterte regime to discredit and silence its critics amid growing public discontent on the regime’s anti-people policies.

At least 59 activists arbitrarily arrested in widespread crackdown on people's organizations in Negros and Manila

On October 31, 2019, the offices of Bayan, Bayan Muna, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Karapatan, Gabriela, the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) and the Negros Island Health Integrated Program were simultaneously raided, along with the residence of local leaders in Bacolod City and Manila. As of this writing, 59 individuals, including minors, were arbitrarily arrested. Interestingly, the raids were executed on the basis of search warrants issued from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89, signed by Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert.