March, 2021

Hustisya: Itigil ang red-tagging at terorismo ng estado! Hustisya para kay Benjaline Hernandez!

Mariing kinukundena ng mga biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa ilalim ng grupong Hustisya (Pagkakaisa ng mga Biktima para sa Hustisya) ang paggamit ng mga larawan ng dating mamamahayag pangkampus at human rights worker na si Benjaline “Beng” Hernandez sa mga propaganda kontra-komunismo sa mga lungsod ng Davao at Makati kamakailan.

On the extrajudicial killing of labor leader Dandy Miguel

Karapatan denounces the extrajudicial killing of Dandy Miguel, Vice Chairperson of PAMANTIK - Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and president of Lakas ng Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Fuji Electric - Olalia - KMU, at 8:45 p.m. on March 28, 2021. We grieve with his family, friends, colleagues and fellow workers.

The killing of Miguel followed the March 7, 2021 Bloody Sunday incidents when nine activists were killed in the course of police and military operations in Southern Tagalog.

Karapatan: Attempted murder charge vs rights workers are pure hogwash, judicial harassment

Human rights alliance Karapatan assailed the attempted murder charge against its National Chairperson Elisa Lubi and Karapatan – Southern Mindanao Region Secretary General Jayvee “Jay” Apiag as “utterly absurd trumped-up charges only meant to harass and threaten them as the Duterte government has done to other human rights workers” as Lubi and Apiag filed their petitions on March 29, 2021 and March 12, 2021 respectively, urging a Davao City court to conduct a reinvestigation on the case and to recall the arrests warrants issued against them.

Rights group hits recent arrests, threats vs activists, peace consultant

Human rights watchdog Karapatan today sounded the alarm on reports of arrests and threats against activists and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, as it presses for urgent efforts to address the pattern of judicial harassment and harassment of human rights defenders and political dissenters.

Detained rights defender Renalyn Tejero on PH Army’s Order of Battle list, according to PH Army personnel

In the court documents on the cases against Karapatan human rights worker Renalyn Tejero, four soldiers of the 12th Scout Ranger Company of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion of the Philippine Army said that they were able to identify all suspects, presumably including Tejero, in the alleged murder of Cpl. Marion Suson, in an encounter with supposed New People’s Army members on November 19, 2019 because they are “the same pictures of faces at the O(r)der of Battle listed of the 4th Infantry Division, Intelligence Section, Philippine Army.”

On Senate Bill No. 2121 seeking to define and penalize red-tagging

Karapatan welcomes and supports the filing of Senate Bill No. 2121 which aims to define and penalize red-tagging. There continues to be a glaring impunity for State forces who commit, perpetuate, and peddle such dangerous lies and deadly rhetoric — such as Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's recent reappointment of two military generals who were fired for publishing a fake list red-tagging alumni of the University of the Philippines.

Karapatan: DFA, DILG regulations on CSOs to further constrict civic spaces in PH

Regulating the funding of non-government and civil society organizations and requiring them to secure clearances from State security forces to participate in dialogues with local government units “would only serve to further constrict the already narrowed civic and democratic spaces we have left in the Philippines and silence civil society voices and dissent,” human rights alliance Karapatan said on Thursday.

Rights groups: UN accountability mechanism needed to end cycle of violence and impunity in PH

This is a joint oral statement delivered by Cecile Gaa on behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Civicus World Alliance for Citizen the Participation, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Human Rights Watch, the Philippines Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, and the International Federation for Human Rights before the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 22 for Item 10 on the General Debate on technical cooperation and capacit

On the recent statement of the Supreme Court on the killings, threats to lawyers and judges

Karapatan welcomes the statement of the Supreme Court en banc on its actions regarding threats and killings of lawyers and judges. Its concern on and taking note of the welfare of judges and lawyers, including those who experienced threats among the lawyers in the petitions questioning the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and the red-tagging of Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio, is an important declaration.

Karapatan urges SC to review, revise rules on issuance of search warrants following Bloody Sunday raids

As the Supreme Court reviews its system of issuing search warrants in an en banc session today, human rights watchdog Karapatan urged that the court should heed the calls to revise the rules on the issuance of such warrants amid what the group described as an “increasingly alarming pattern of killings and arrests of activists, political dissenters, and human rights defenders in the implementation of search warrants” following the killings of nine and arrests of six activists during the Bloody Sunday police raids in Southern Tagalog two weeks ago.

Karapatan: Renalyn Tejero’s arrest is the latest in a spate of attacks vs rights workers

Human rights watchdog Karapatan said that the arrest of its paralegal staff Renalyn Tejero in Cagayan de Oro City is “the latest in a spate of attacks targeting Karapatan and our human rights workers under this fascist regime, where people like her who stand in the defense of people’s rights either face arrests on trumped-up charges, or death.”

2020 Karapatan Year-end Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

Epidemic of State terror and people's resistance

Detained rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas asks court to subpoena documents on search warrants against her

Detained 61-year old human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas filed on Wednesday, March 17, a Manifestation and Urgent Omnibus Motion before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Calamba City appealing to the court to immediately issue a subpoena for the transmittal of records involving the application of search warrants issued against her by Manila RTC Branch 174 Judge Jason Zapanta.

Karapatan hits "hitlisting" of PNP, DILG

“Hitlisting is systematic and done by state forces as a matter of policy, and on a nationwide scale,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, as the group condemned the most recent actions of the Department of Interior and Local Government, which openly directed its regional heads to “investigate” who are the members of organizations they have tagged as “front organizations” of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.

Gov’t probe on Bloody Sunday killings of activists should genuinely uphold victims’ demands for justice and accountability

A week after the Bloody Sunday police raids that killed nine and arrested six others throughout the Southern Tagalog region, human rights watchdog Karapatan reiterated its calls for justice as the group asserted that the Philippine government’s investigation into the killings “should ensure that it truly upholds the demands of the victims and their families for justice and accountability, which includes prosecution of the perpetrators and those who rolled out such orders, and recognition of these crimes and indemnification.”

"Teresita Naul's rights were violated, consider CHR findings," Karapatan tells Bayugan trial court

A year after the arrest of its Regional Council Member Teresita Naul, human rights group Karapatan reiterated the call for her release from prison, saying that her rights were clearly violated by State forces who were engaged in her arrest and in the relentless vilifying attacks thrown against her person.

Karapatan: PH gov’t should welcome justice-seeking efforts, including int’l rights probe

“The Philippine government should welcome statements of concern of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, Vice President Leni Robredo as well as that of religious institutions, civil society and people’s organizations who sounded the alarm on and supported calls for justice by kin of victims during the Bloody Sunday incidents and crackdown on Southern Tagalog activists, if it is genuinely interested in pursuing accountability and in addressing impunity in the country.

Fire Parlade, hold him accountable for his crimes, and abolish the NTF-ELCAC —Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan welcomed the Senate’s adoption of a committee report recommending the removal of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. as the spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Karapatan: Stand with RMP! End the criminalization and terror-tagging of humanitarian work!

Human rights watchdog Karapatan expressed its support for the Rural Missionaries (RMP) of the Philippines as they face the trumped-up terrorism financing charges against them in the courts today. Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor said that “these bogus charges and smear campaign against the RMP is a clear pretext for the Duterte government’s looming crackdown on humanitarian organizations in the country under the guise of counterterrorism.”

Karapatan asserts call to release remains of Bloody Sunday victims to their families

The Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army have no right to refuse to tender the remains of the victims of the Bloody Sunday raids from their families, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted on Thursday, as the Antipolo Memorial Homes in Rizal have continued to refuse to turn over the bodies of urban poor activists Melvin Dasigao and Mark Lee Corros Bacasno as well as Dumagat farmers Puroy Dela Cruz, and Randy Dela Cruz to their respective families, who were padlocked inside the funeral parlor’s premises from Wednesday night until noon today

On Justice Secretary Guevarra slamming critics of gov’t investigation on political killings

Maybe we should ask Justice Secretary Guevarra the questions that should be asked. Who has the powers and resources to investigate and trace the witnesses in these killings and give them protection? Kami ba? Maybe Secretary Guevarra needs a reminder that we don’t have these resources at hand — but the government does.

Karapatan denounces Duterte’s hypocrisy with his Women’s Month statement

Karapatan denounces the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte on the National Women’s Month celebration calling this “an outright hypocrisy of the most prominent macho-fascist in the Philippines.”

Gender Ombud/CHR action sought on pregnant and elderly women charged, detained with terror law

Amid the commemoration of National Women’s Month, human rights group Karapatan, urged the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as the country’s Gender Ombud to take action on the case of pregnant Elizabeth Estilon and elderly Enriqueta Guelas, who were arrested on trumped-up cases of violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Karapatan: Did Harry Roque just admit that the Duterte gov’t is committing war crimes?

International humanitarian law does not make mass murder legal, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, as the group questioned Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement before the media yesterday, March 8, claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte’s “kill, kill, kill” order against communist rebels is supposedly “legal” under international humanitarian law.

Karapatan: “Bloody Sunday” killings, arrests in Southern Tagalog a direct order from Duterte

The killings and mass arrests in the “Bloody Sunday” police raids across Southern Tagalog yesterday are direct orders from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, especially after Duterte’s orders for the police and the military to “kill” and “finish off” all alleged communist rebels in the country.