January, 2020

PH rights defenders network submits reports to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

At least sixteen faith-based and rights organizations under the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice) have submitted reports on the human rights situation in the Philippines, in response to the call for submissions by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. This is in accordance with the Iceland-led resolution on the Philippines adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in July 2019.

DILG mimicking civil society voice through GONGOs to advance gov’t fascist agenda —Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemns in strongest terms the “Rally for Peace and Prosperity” in Mendiola last Wednesday, January 29, supposedly organized by several “cause-oriented” groups with the endorsement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The rights group said that the “protest” against progressive lawmakers and organizations is “a desperate attempt by the government to manufacture support for its fascist and anti-people policies.”

Creation of JIPCO: Institutionalizing Massive Workers’ Rights Violations & Re-Affirming State’s Policy vs Militant Unionism

Labor rights NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemns the creation of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concern Office (JIPCO) in various economic and freeport zones in Central Luzon.

More than a hundred regional and int'l organizations express solidarity with Karapatan officer, call for protection of WHRDs

More than a hundred organizations from various countries all over the world have endorsed a statement condemning the harassment against Karapatan officer and human rights defender Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan calls for an end to US aggression in Iran, Iraq

Karapatan strongly condemns the United States’ latest act of aggression against Iran and Iraq which clearly violates people’s rights, especially the right to self-determination of the people of Iran and Iraq.

Karapatan decries attacks on UCCP-Haran, Lumad evacuees; calls for the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC

Karapatan deplores the attack of paramilitary group Alamara on the more than 500 Lumad evacuees, including at least 236 children and infants, and individuals housed at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran (UCCP-Haran) in Davao City this morning, January 25, 2019. 

On the abrogation of the VFA

The abrogation of the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement, along with other lopsided military agreements such as the US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty and the US-RP Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, is a long-overdue measure to assert the country’s national sovereignty. 

ABS-CBN shutdown a Marcosian attack on press freedom —Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed its support for the renewal of broadcasting network ABS-CBN's franchise, which is set to expire in March, as the group called on the public to "stand against the Duterte regime's brazen attacks on press freedom and democracy."

"Together with press freedom advocates, journalists, and media workers, Karapatan calls on Congress to pass the bill for the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise," Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor said.

Rights group backs UCCP vs closure attempt on its Davao compound

Human rights group Karapatan condemned the resolution of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region XI, recommending the closure of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) sanctuary for indigenous people in Davao City, calling it “an act of blatant harassment against the displaced Lumad and those who provide sanctuary and support for distressed communities.”

Albayalde at Duterte papanagutin! - Hustisya

Palala nang palala ang kultura ng kawalang-pananagutan sa mga krimen na nagawa higit lalo sa hanay ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na madalas na nasasangkot sa kidnap for ransom, pamamaslang sa gera kontra droga, at pakikipagsabwatan sa iba’t ibang mabibigat na krimen. Ito ay pinatutunayan sa isasampang kaso laban kay dating PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at iba pang kasamahan nito, ayon sa grupong Hustisya.

Joint Submission of Tanggol Bayi and Karapatan to the UNHRC

During its 130th session, scheduled on 12 October to 02 November 2020, the Human Rights Committee will undertake its examination of of the fifth periodic report of the Philippines. Tanggol Bayi (Defend Women) – Philippines and Karapatan Alliance Philippines submit this contribution to the Committee’s preparation of the list of issues for the examination of the report of the Philippines.

Karapatan Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for Human Rights Council Resolution 41/2

Karapatan, an alliance of human rights organizations, desks and individual advocates in the Philippines, is submitting this report on the human rights situation in the Philippines in response to the Call for Submissions by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet, in accordance to the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on the Philippines.

Download and read our submission to the OHCHR through the link below.

Karapatan welcomes Robredo’s ICAD report, pushes for justice and accountability for “drug war” victims

Human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the release of Vice President Leni Robredo’s report on the “drug war,” in her short stint as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), which showed how the Duterte administration’s brutal and anti-poor drug war has been a “massive failure.”