November, 2020

On the desecration of the remains of Jevilyn Cullamat

Karapatan expresses our condolences to Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat, her family and their community on the recent death of her daughter Jevilyn in Surigao del Sur.

Attacks vs peace consultants violate human rights and international humanitarian law

Human rights group Karapatan denounced the “series of possible blatant and brazen violations of human rights and international humanitarian law against consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in the peace process.”

Karapatan reasserts call to junk terror law as SC holds preliminary conference on petitions

As the Supreme Court holds the preliminary conference on the 37 petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act today, human rights alliance Karapatan reasserted that the law should be nullified “precisely because it is unconstitutional and dangerously infringes on basic rights and fundamental freedoms.” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, one of the petitioners, said that “Duterte’s terror law only serves to legalize the government’s rabid red-tagging rampage against human rights defenders, activists, and critics.”

Karapatan: Red-tagging used to incite violence vs HRDs by branding them as enemies of the State

Today, we face the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security to assert that red-tagging is anathema to democracy and human rights.

Statement at the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security hearing on red-tagging


Statement at the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security 
by Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General
November 24, 2020


Magandang araw po, Mr. Chair.

Worsening attacks on press freedom and people’s rights continue 11 years after Ampatuan massacre

Eleven years ago, 58 individuals, including 32 journalists and media workers, were brutally killed in a bloody massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. For more than a decade, the families of the victims as well as journalists in the country have been relentless and tireless in their pursuit of justice — and on December 19 last year, Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan were finally convicted for masterminding this heinous massacre.



Dalawang taon na ang lumipas mula nang magsimulang dumanak ang dugo sa mga kamay ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at ng noo’y hepe ng Philippine National Police sa Central Visayas na si Debold Sinas – dugo ng mamamayang pinaslang sa bisa ng Memorandum Order No. 32 na nagbigay-daan sa pagdaragdag ng pwersa ng militar at kapulisan sa Negros, Samar, at Bicol.

Unjust Justice

by Wurmadan A. Anni, Alyssa Kathleen H. Arnaldo, and Raizza Kanille Rabasol


Investigate killings of Masbate journalist, Quezon peasant leader — Karapatan

Even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and relief efforts to aid the victims of recent typhoons, the Duterte administration’s “campaign of murder shamelessly continues without letup,” human rights watchdog Karapatan stated, as the group condemned the killings of freelance journalist Ronnie Villamor in Masbate and peasant leader Armando Buisan in Quezon.

SELDA: Serial liar Esperon regurgitates same stack of lies as the prosecution’s star witness in the Hilongos “mass grave” case

Outside the Manila City Hall this morning, members of the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) conducted a protest action calling for the dropping of charges against individuals and release of political prisoners in relation to multiple murder charges filed against them at Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32, as National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon takes the witness stand today.

Karapatan: Murder of EJK survivor in Rizal hospital a most vivid illustration of the level of impunity in PH

The murder of 27-year-old Vincent Adia at the Rizal Provincial Hospital’s Angono Annex is “a most vivid illustration of the level of impunity in the Philippines,” human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group condemned “what can only be described as a gruesome and horrendous attack emblematic of the rapidly deteriorating human rights crisis in the country.”

Karapatan: Bloody party of rights violation ahead with Sinas as new PNP chief

The appointment of Mañanita cop Major General Debold Sinas as the new Philippine National Police chief does not come as a surprise for us: President Rodrigo Duterte has a clear penchant for rewarding the most notorious of human rights violators among his minions with rank promotions as well as higher budgets for their agencies.

Petition of certiorari filed to question malicious perjury charges vs Karapatan et. al.

As the leaders of Karapatan, Gabriela, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) face arraignment proceedings today, November 9, on the perjury charges filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, one of the respondents in the case, asserted that the charges were “unmistakably and clearly a form of reprisal ironically based on poorly-concocted lies meant to discredit our human rights work.”

Karapatan: Senate hearing on red-tagging, a roadshow for NTF-ELCAC’s lies and terror law’s dangers

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed its condemnation and disappointment at the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security led by Senator Panfilo Lacson Sr., the principal author of the Anti-Terrorism Act in the Senate, whose hearing is turning out to be the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-ELCAC) “roadshow for its deranged red-tagging spree and a dry-run of a meeting of the Anti-Terrorism Council’s arbitrary terror-tagging of individuals and people’s organizations — setting them all up for graver violat