October, 2020

War criminal Esperon recycles McCarthyite lies and red-tagging horrors in NTF-ELCAC

With “war criminal” National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. at the helm of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) as the task force’s vice chairman, human rights watchdog Karapatan scored Esperon for “recycling the same garbage of deadly McCarthyite lies and horrors he unleashed more than a decade ago under the dark days of Oplan Bantay Laya.”

Arrest of Gabriela leader in Cordillera shows Duterte admin’s contempt for women human rights defenders – Karapatan

Karapatan denounced the arrest of indigenous woman human rights defender Beatrice “Betty” Belen, a member of the advisory council of Gabriela’s chapter in Cordillera, yesterday, October 25, at 4 a.m., in her home at Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga, after the series of false red-tagging statements issued by Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) against the women’s organization and its celebrity supporters. 

Incorrigible red-tagger, war criminal Parlade is one big reason why the NTF-ELCAC needs to be defunded, abolished – Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan today said that the acts of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. as an “incorrigible red-tagger” of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “such as inciting violence and harm on artists, activists, and communities are big reasons why the task force’s PhP16.44 billion budget is a waste of public funds.”

Karapatan warns vs possible reprisals on political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino

Karapatan today cautioned the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on “taking any form of reprisal against political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino, after her cruel and inhuman treatment in the hands of jail and police personnel during the wake and funeral of her daughter, Baby River.” 

Karapatan: Año’s, Pialago’s heartless statements lay bare Nasino's unjust imprisonment as political persecution

Human rights alliance Karapatan said on Tuesday that “recent statements of public officials on the plight of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino, days after the ‘overkill’ treatment of Nasino and her family during the funeral of baby River, laid bare the injustices she suffered, including her political persecution and unjust detention as a champion of the poor.” 

On the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Terror Law

Even with the 37 petitions before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) have been finalized and released to the public. 

The IRR merely confirmed the issues raised by the petitioners regarding the draconian law and how it can potentially be weaponized against political dissenters, activists, members of the opposition, journalists and the broader public. 

Karapatan: Baby River’s death is on the Duterte government

As Reina Mae Nasino and her family lay Baby River to rest today, we join them in deep mourning and indignation. There are no words to describe this terrible loss but a grave and cruel injustice not only to Baby River, Reina Mae Nasino, and their grieving family — but above all, the Baby River’s death is an act of injustice against the Filipino people.

On the continuing acts of cruelty, inhuman and degrading treatment of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino

Karapatan denounces the blatant and continuing acts of cruelty, inhuman and degrading treatment of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino. We believe that these are not mere random displays of heartlessness and barbarity; these are policy actions by no less than the Duterte government which has effected the highly questionable arrests and case against Reina Mae and her colleagues. 

Karapatan: Reduction of Reina Mae Nasino’s furlough a merciless act of torture and injustice

The reduction of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino's furlough is a “merciless act of torture and injustice” human rights alliance Karapatan stated, as the group led various human rights advocates indignation protest today at the Commission on Human Rights Liwasang Diokno to denounce the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 47’s decision to lessen Nasino’s furlough from three days to two days at three hours each after the Manila City Jail (MCJ) Female Dormitory wrote a letter to the court yesterday, October 13, opposing the court’s earlier de

On the granting of furlough for Reina Mae Nasino

Granting Reina Mae Nasino a three-day furlough is a welcome act of compassion and reprieve for a mother who has already suffered too much cruelty — from an unjust imprisonment due to trumped-up charges, to being separated from her child right after giving birth, and now, the loss of her child. This court decision may be largely due to efforts of Reina Mae Nasino and her family, lawyers, human rights groups, and the general public to shed light on the issue.

Karapatan pleads to court: grant furlough to Reina Mae Nasino to allow her to properly grieve Baby River's death

Reina Mae Nasino endured her pregnancy behind bars, imprisoned over trumped-up charges. She pleaded to courts to grant her temporary humanitarian release for the delicate condition of bringing a child to the world amid the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country’s overcongested prisons — and yet the courts refused to listen.

We are all grandparents of Baby River, release her mother for that final embrace! – Desaparecidos

We demand the unconditional release of Reina Mae Nasino from Prison and the dropping of all charges filed against her!

On World Day Against the Death Penalty, Karapatan asserts opposition to gov’t measures reinstating capital punishment in PH

In commemoration of the World Day Against the Death Penalty today, October 10, human rights alliance Karapatan renewed its call to oppose the proposed measures seeking the reimposition of capital punishment in the country. Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor asserted that “bringing back death penalty in the Philippines — especially under a murderous regime and amid the worsening human rights situation in the country — is an extremely dangerous proposition, with grave implications on our rights and civil liberties.”

Karapatan presses release of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino following death of her 3-month old baby

Karapatan renews its call for the immediate release of 23-year old Reina Mae Nasino, following the death of her 3-month old baby around 8:50 p.m. last night, October 9, 2020, due to acute respiratory distress syndrome, at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

Nothing to fear if there is nothing to hide: Karapatan challenges PH gov’t to allow access to UN rights mechanisms

As the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on the Philippines today, Philippine human rights alliance Karapatan challenged the Philippine government to “allow the access of UN human rights mechanisms in the country to assess domestic accountability mechanisms if they are truly working and if they have nothing to hide.” The group asserted that “any measure for technical assistance and capacity-building should come from a concrete assessment of the realities on the ground.”

On the adoption of UN HRC Resolution on technical cooperation and capacity-building for human rights in PH

The Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines and its partner organizations acknowledge the adoption of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) resolution on technical cooperation and capacity-building for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. The resolution, despite its shortcomings, remains as among the indications of the international community’s acknowledgement of and persisting scrutiny on the human rights crisis in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Karapatan to PH gov’t: Invite UN, EU rights experts to investigate situation of IPs in UCCP Haran and in PH

Human rights group Karapatan asserted that an independent and impartial investigation by the United Nations (UN) human rights mechanism and other platforms engaged in human rights issues in the European Union (EU) on the situation of the indigenous peoples seeking sanctuary at the Haran Center run by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Davao City is “important to shed light on the longstanding impacts of military operations in indigenous and peasant communities in Mindanao — not on the basis of the recycled lies by Presidential Peac

Joint statement of NGOs at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

General Debate on Item 10: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
45th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council
Joint Statement Delivered by the World Organisation Against Torture


Karapatan to Congress, CHR: Investigate social media accounts linked to China-based individuals, military and police

Human rights watchdog Karapatan called on the Congress and the Commission on Human Rights to look into all the official social media accounts of 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), as well as those of their top officials and government-organized non-government organizations or GONGOs, in light of Facebook’s recent takedown of accounts, pages and Instagram accounts linked to the AFP and PNP violating their policy of coordinated inauth

Joint statement by CIVICUS 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 CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation 
Delivered by Roneo S. Clamor


Karapatan scores PH gov’t’s systematic patterns of reprisals vs activists, reiterates call for independent investigation in PH

In statements delivered via video and submitted at the 45th United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) session yesterday, Karapatan welcomed the report of the UN Secretary General on reprisals, as “it reflects the systemic patterns of reprisals which we see in the Philippines against human rights defenders engaging with the UN.”