September, 2020

Joint statement by APWLD and Karapatan at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council


Interactive Dialogue on Item 5: Report of the Secretary General
45th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council
Oral Intervention by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Delivered by Cristina Palabay

 

Karapatan demands PNP, AFP, NTF-ELCAC to disclose all State-backed ‘advocacy groups’ following Facebook takedowns

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) should immediately and fully disclose before the public all of the so-called “advocacy groups” and the fake Facebook accounts that they support and manage, human rights watchdog Karapatan demanded on Wednesday, as the group called on the military and the police to reveal the budget spent on “what is clearly a coordinated machinery of mass deception to vilify, discredit, and incite State violence

On President Rodrigo Duterte's threats against Facebook

While there are numerous human rights challenges that Facebook has to address, shutting down the platform, when it doesn’t suit the current administration’s wishes to maintain pages that incite violence and foment lies on activists and those that will unduly influence the election, is tantamount to censorship.

Karapatan welcomes UNESCO reclassification of Ampatuan massacre case

Human rights watchdog Karapatan welcomed on Tuesday the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) decision to reclassify the Ampatuan massacre as “ongoing/unresolved” following the letter sent by the families of the massacre’s victims, media groups, and various human rights organizations and advocates to UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay last September 12 appealing the classification of the case as “resolved” in the UNESCO Observatory of Killed Journalists.

Karapatan: Bill seeking to block US aid to AFP, PNP, a strong statement vs Duterte’s campaign of State terror

Amid growing international condemnation on the Duterte administration’s human rights violations in the Philippines, human rights alliance Karapatan said that passing the Philippine Human Rights Act in the United States — which seeks to block or suspend US government funding for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) — “is a strong statement against Duterte’s brutal campaign of State terror, unbridled repression, and mass murder in the Philippines.”

How much is military and police spending on disinformation on Facebook? — Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan on Wednesday welcomed Facebook’s takedown of fake accounts linked to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which the group said was “a damning evidence of State-sponsored online attacks, red-tagging and mass deception in the social media platform.”

Karapatan: Duterte’s posturing at UNGA is a desperate attempt to evade accountability

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried President Rodrigo Duterte’s “glaring efforts to vilify human rights defenders in the Philippines and to undermine their calls for accountability” as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) earlier today. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay stated that Duterte “is posturing in making desperate pleas before the international community that is growing increasingly critical of his human rights record and tyrannical rule.”

Karapatan on 48th anniversary of Marcos’ martial law: End Duterte’s de facto martial law!

When the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law 48 years ago, the nation was plunged into an era of darkness as the horrors of a fascist rule was unleashed upon the Filipino people.

Karapatan: Promoting Sinas underscores double standards of justice, rewarding of rights violators in PH

Promoting Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas shows “not only a glaring double standard of justice and law enforcement in the country but how this fascist regime shamelessly coddles and rewards human rights violators,” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, as the group assailed Philippine National Police chief Camilo Cascolan’s proposals to promote Sinas to a higher post.

Karapatan: EU resolution on rights situation in PH a welcome step towards reckoning and accountability

The resolution on the human rights situation in the Philippines recently adopted by the European Parliament* is a “welcome step towards reckoning and accountability over the Duterte administration’s blatant disregard of its obligation to uphold human rights and civil liberties in the country,” Philippine human rights alliance Karapatan stated, as the group urged the international community to “continue to stand with human rights defenders in the Philippines and the Filipino people who suffer in this worsening crisis of political repression and State

More than 700 rights groups, advocates call on UNHRC to stop the killings, investigate worsening rights situation in PH

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened its 45th session today, September 14, 2020, various Philippine and international human rights groups and advocates called on the UNHRC to “exercise its mandate and urgently create an independent and impartial investigative mechanism on the rampant extrajudicial killings and human rights violations” in today’s Global Day of Action following the spate of killings of several activists and human rights defenders over the past months.

Stop the killings! UN Human Rights Council, investigate the human rights situation in the Philippines!

During the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) in June 2020, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet reported the widespread and systematic human rights violations in the Philippines. The High Commissioner found that domestic mechanisms have failed to ensure accountability, and that there is persistent impunity for human rights violations.

Gov’t grants express lane to freedom for criminals and murderers, delays vulnerable prisoners’ plea humanitarian release

Human rights alliance Karapatan said that “while criminals and murderers like Joseph Scott Pemberton are given the express lane to freedom by none other than the highest official of the country, our own courts continue to cruelly neglect the petition of elderly, sick, and pregnant political prisoners for humanitarian release” as the group assailed the decision of the Supreme Court to remand the said petition to lower courts.

On Rafael Alunan's suggestion to free butcher Jovito Palparan

Duterte has pardoned and will already release US soldier Joseph Scott Pemberton, and now they want to free another criminal? Rafael Alunan must be delusional to even give this outrageous suggestion to free the ruthless butcher Jovito Palparan, who is convicted for the the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of desaparecidos Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan  — on top of his bloody track record of human rights violations in leading the killings, abductions, and tortures of hundreds of activists and civilians.

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Karapatan: Duterte frees criminals and murderers while arresting and harassing activists

While murderers and criminals like United States soldier Joseph Scott Pemberton are granted absolute pardon, human rights watchdog Karapatan said that “activists, government critics, and the poor in the country face growing threats and intensifying harassment from the State” as the group decried the arrests in Bicol of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) – Camarines Sur chairperson Nelsy Rodriguez and transport group leader Ramon Rescovilla, Piston vice chairperson, as well as the harassment of Iglesia Filipina Independiente priest Marco Sulayao of the