July, 2020

Mass arrests, illegal seizures, harassment expose state repression of the nation during Duterte’s 5th SONA

Mass arrests, illegal seizures, harassment of activists, and other human rights violations marked the conduct of government response to #SONAgKAISA protests all throughout the country as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address, (SONA) according to reports and documentation compiled by Karapatan and the Concerned Lawyers and Civil Liberties (CLCL), following the issuance of protest bans days ahead of the SONA.

Karapatan: Reimposing death penalty to institutionalize carnage of the poor

Human rights watchdog Karapatan strongly warned that the proposals to reimpose death penalty for drug-related offenses "would only further institutionalize the already ongoing State-sanctioned carnage of the poor," as President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for the swift passage of a law reviving capital punishment by lethal injection during his fifth State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 27.

Salute, Ka Fidel Agcaoili!

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), Karapatan, Hustisya and Desaparecidos join the human rights community and peace advocates in mourning the untimely demise of Fidel Agcaoili on July 23, 2020. When we first heard the news of his passing, the first response was stunned silence. Then came the tears — soft and shared by the people he served well and inspired in the long, continuing struggle for just and lasting peace.

Karapatan’s reaction on President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th SONA

Mr. President, if indeed you do not evade your human rights obligations, why opt out of the Rome Statute when investigation on your alleged crimes against humanity was initiated? Why do you continue to malign and undermine United Nations Special Procedures who seek to visit and investigate the rights violations in the Philippines? Why did you not allow United Nations High Commissioner Bachelet to come in the country to directly talk to victims? 

Karapatan on Duterte’s 5th SONA: Contagion of fascism can only be cured by solidarity and resistance

Despite efforts to “exploit and weaponize quarantine measures to sabotage the staging of mass mobilizations and demonstrations” as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, July 27, 2020, hundreds and thousands joined protests actions both online and on-ground as well as inside and outside the country to register resistance to the Duterte administration’s “unbridled fascism” and to hold the regime accountable for its “criminal neglect and blatant disregard of people’s welfare” especially amid the

Terror-tagging, protest bans ahead of SONA are acts of cowardice from a fascist regime fearing mass resistance

The proliferation of terror-tagging posters and the issuance of protest bans days leading up to President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) are “blatant acts of cowardice from a fascist and tyrannical regime trembling in fear in the face of the people’s mass resistance,” human rights alliance Karapatan stated.

Karapatan cites erroneous, malicious PH gov’t report in SC petition vs terror law

During the physical filing of the petition on July 23 before the Supreme Court by Karapatan, Bayan, Movement Against Tyranny and other civil libertarians against the Anti-Terrorism Act, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, one of the petitioners, said that “the recent erroneous and malicious Philippine government report disseminated among members and observers at the United Nations Human Rights Council, tagging human rights defenders and civil society in the Philippines as ‘communist front organizations’ and ‘terrorists,’ is precisely one

Karapatan: Separating Ina Nasino from her baby is a brutal act of injustice

Separating political prisoner Reina Mae “Ina” Nasino from her newborn child mere days after she gave birth is “cruel and inhumane,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted, as the group decried the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 20’s decision to deny Nasino’s urgent motion to allow her to stay with and breastfeed her baby at the Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital until the baby turns one year old.

Karapatan hits continuing military ops in mining-threatened communities, disappearance of Cebu farmer advocate

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemned the continuing military operations in communities threatened by mining operations, saying these operations compound the problems faced by these communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Arrests and shame campaigns to worsen pandemic —Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan raised alarm that jailing quarantine violators and shaming individuals infected with COVID-19 “would only worsen the impact of the pandemic even further” as the group assailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest individuals who violate quarantine protocols to “give [them] a lesson for all time” following Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño’s suggestion for a “shame campaign” for COVID-19 patients.

Joint Statement: China and Hong Kong: Repeal the National Security Law, respect rights and freedoms in Hong Kong

We, the undersigned 27 civil society organisations, are deeply concerned with the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong. We call on the Governments of China and Hong Kong to repeal this law, which severely clamps down on the rights of the Hong Kong people.

Karapatan urges SC to nullify ‘unconstitutional’ terror bill

In a petition filed through electronic means before the Supreme Court today, July 19, Karapatan Chairperson Elisa Tita Lubi and Secretary General Cristina Palabay joined other human rights victims and advocates, civil libertarians, and representatives of people’s organizations in assailing the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, calling on the nullification of the recently-signed law, and in appealing before the High Court to declare the law unconstitutional for it “insidiously encroaches upon fundamental and constitutional rights, such arbitrary

Karapatan joins worldwide #StandAsMyWitness campaign for release of imprisoned rights defenders

Philippine human rights alliance Karapatan joined Civicus, the World Organisation Against Torture, and other human rights organizations in commemorating Nelson Mandela Day this July 18 with the launch of the #StandAsMyWitness campaign calling for the human rights defenders’ “immediate release from jail and persecution, and for states, authorities and multi

Karapatan: Tokhang-style house-to-house searches to spread pandemic, rights violations in communities

Human rights watchdog Karapatan strongly warned that the proposal to conduct house-to-house searches led by the Philippine National Police, with local government units, to track and transfer COVID-19 patients in hiding or those without or with mild symptoms to isolation facilities would “further facilitate State terror and police brutality in communities.” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay stated that these searches “could possibly lead to more tokhang-style human right

Karapatan reaction to the denial of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

Today marks a dark day on press freedom and democracy in the Philippines—and a sign of even darker days to come as the fascist Duterte regime rabidly unleashes its consecutive attacks on the people from the signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act into law just a few days ago, and now, the rubber stamp Congress' denial of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. 

Arrests of rights defenders in CamSur signal darker days ahead with enactment of terror law

The arrests of United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) pastor and Karapatan – Bikol Spokesperson Dan San Andres and Bicolana Gabriela Chairperson Jenelyn Nagrampa in Camarines Sur on false charges “signal darker days ahead in the country with the signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act,” human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group assailed the arrests and charges as “part of the Duterte administration’s continuing crackdown and criminalization of human rights defenders.”

Karapatan: Keeping Ina Nasino and her baby behind bars is merciless and inhumane

Keeping political prisoner Reina Mae “Ina” Nasino and her newborn baby behind bars is “brutally and grossly merciless,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted, as the group reiterated its call for the humanitarian release of prisoners — more than three months after Nasino and 21 other political prisoners urgently appealed on the Supreme Court to grant temporary release for prisoners especially low-level offenders, the sick, the elderly, pregnant women, and nursing mothers amid the continuing onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country’s

Karapatan to PH gov’t: Respond to UN experts’ view on susceptibility to abuse of PH terror law

Human rights watchdog Karapatan called on the Philippine government to address and respond to the “very relevant, valid, competent, and independent comments and questions” raised by nine United Nations (UN) Special Procedures on the Anti-Terrorism Act, which the rights group assailed as a “monstrous and draconian piece of legislation that will heavily impact on the human rights situation in the Philippines.”

Karapatan's reaction to Duterte’s signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 into law

Rodrigo Duterte didn't even wait for the bill to lapse into law anymore: he knows his time is running short and opposition to his fascist rule is growing stronger by the day that he now desperately needs the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to conduct his all-out crackdown on dissent.

Nine UN Special Procedures express “extremely serious” concern on violations vs rights defenders in PH

In a recently published communication to the Philippine government, nine United Nations (UN) Special Procedures expressed their “extremely serious concern” on allegations of violations against human rights defenders in the Philippines. 

DOJ inter-agency panel to probe drug war killings a deception tactic to evade ICC investigation — Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan reasserted its call for an independent investigation of international human rights bodies into the Duterte administration’s “worsening human rights violations and deplorable crimes against humanity” as it assailed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) creation of a so-called inter-agency panel to investigate the thousands of deaths in the government’s sham drug war.

Victims ask: damage control for further control?