February, 2021

Senior citizen, pregnant woman in Sorsogon charged under terror law —Karapatan

Amid the postponement of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act until March 2, human rights watchdog Karapatan scored another case of illegal search, arrest, and the filing of charges under the draconian law — this time against two women, one of them eight months pregnant, in Sorsogon.

Karapatan: red-tagging is a State policy through the NTF-ELCAC

Human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted that red-tagging is “clearly and undeniably a State policy,” disagreeing with the Senate committee on national defense’s conclusion in its report that “red-tagging is not among the pre-conceived policies sought to be implemented” under Executive Order No. 70, which created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Tokhang-style campaign vs “left-leaning” personalities in CAR a State-sanctioned incitement of EJK — Karapatan

The resolution recently-issued by the Cordillera Administrative Region’s Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC-CAR) “enjoining” law enforcement agencies and local government units to employ Oplan Tokhang against “left-leaning” personalities in the government, media and other entities is a “State-sanctioned incitement of extrajudicial killings against activists, human rights defenders, and government critics which sets a dangerous precedent amid the government’s massive red-tagging campaign,” human rights watchdog Karapatan s

Karapatan urges Filipinos to rise against Duterte’s dictatorship and de facto martial rule on 35th anniversary of People Power

On the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People Power uprising, human rights alliance Karapatan called on Filipinos to “rise against the fascist dictatorship of Rodrigo Duterte and his de facto martial law,” as Karapatan joined martial law victims, various human rights advocates, and progressive formations in marching to the People Power Monument to commemorate the four-day uprising that led to the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

On SOJ's statement at HRC46

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra in his speech before the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council missed a very important point regarding “working domestic accountability mechanisms” in the Philippines — that the killings continue.

Hands off Otto de Vries, hands off human rights defenders! —Karapatan

Karapatan expressed its support to Otto de Vries, a Dutch pastoral worker and trade union rights advocate, against deportation orders of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration,and called it as "another spate of harassment against human rights defenders who have long worked for social justice issues in the Philippines, like what they did to Sr. Patricia Fox."

Karapatan: Bongbong’s announcement to run in 2022 tramples upon history, human rights victims of Marcos dictatorship

While human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest as a “much-delayed decision and affirmation of Marcos’s defeat” in the 2016 elections, the group nonetheless slammed his announcement that he would run for office in 2022 “ for it brazenly tramples upon the lives and the suffering of the thousands of victims human rights violations under his father’s fascist dictatorship.”

Karapatan raises concern to CHR on another of Parlade's red-tagging tirade

Karapatan raised concerns to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on yet another red-tagging tirade of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, commanding chief of Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command and spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, against the group and its human rights workers.

“How many more must die?” Karapatan demands justice for death of another political prisoner’s newborn baby

Mere months after the tragic death of Baby River, the three-month-old daughter of detained community organizer Reina Mae Nasino, the Duterte government “continues to unleash the fangs of inhumanity upon political prisoners,” human rights alliance Karapatan said as it condemned the death of Baby Carlen, the newborn daughter of detained peasant rights activist Nona Espinosa.

Karapatan raises alarm on alleged “rescue” of Lumad students in Cebu bakwit school

Human rights watchdog Karapatan raised alarm on the so-called police “rescue operation” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 7 and the Department of Social Welfare and Development at the bakwit school of Lumad students in the Talamban campus of the University of San Carlos in Cebu City earlier today.

Karapatan urges Mandaluyong court to release detained journalist Salem, Esparago “immediately and unconditionally”

Rights group Karapatan urged the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court to release detained journalist Lady Ann Salem and Rodrigo Esparago “immediately and unconditionally,” more than a week after charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against them were dismissed.

Karapatan: Crackdown on dissent rapidly escalating with trumped-up charges, arrests of rights defenders

The Duterte regime’s “crackdown on dissent is rapidly escalating with the spate of trumped-up charges and warrants being churned out by courts against human rights defenders, and government critics,” human rights watchdog Karapatan stated, as the group assailed the series of arrests of leaders of people’s organizations in Caraga, a barangay captain in Cagayan Valley, as well as the fabricated charges against peasant leaders and human rights workers in Bohol.

On SolGen Calida’s manifestation during the oral arguments on the terror law at the Supreme Court

Solicitor General Jose Calida’s attempt at dropping a supposedly explosive bombshell during the oral arguments on the petitions against Duterte’s terror law — that the draconian law’s first victims, Aeta farmers Jasper Gurung and Junior Ramos, have supposedly withdrawn their petition for intervention before the Supreme Court — should raise eyebrows, suspicion, and above all, questions.

Karapatan: 40 days after Tumandok massacre, justice remains elusive for victims

Justice remains elusive for the victims of the massacre of nine Tumandok leaders during joint police and military operations in Tapaz, Capiz last December 30, 2020, human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group joined other human rights groups and indigenous rights advocates in an indignation protest in front of Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines respectively, to mark the 40th day since the massacre.

Karapatan: Red-tagging/terrorist-tagging of journalists violate people’s right to info, press freedom

It seems that, for the NTF-ELCAC’s deranged attack dog Antonio Parlade Jr., news reports that expose brazen human rights violations

Karapatan lauds lawyers in oral arguments vs terror law, reasserts call on SC to issue TRO and declare the law unconstitutional

As human rights alliance Karapatan lauded the lawyers who faced the Supreme Court today for the oral arguments on the 37 petitions aga

Hands off Karapatan human rights worker Daisy "Jackie" Valencia, drop trumped-up charges against rights defenders

Karapatan denounces the warrants of arrest issued against Karapatan National Council member Daisy “Jackie” Valencia and other huma