March, 2021

“Bloody Sunday” in Southern Tagalog leaves at least three arrested, five reportedly killed in tokhang-style police raids

At least three progressive leaders were confirmed arrested and five more were reportedly killed in early morning “tokhang-style” police raids on the houses and offices of activists in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal today, March 7, which human rights watchdog Karapatan called a “Bloody Sunday” crackdown on labor unions, peasant organizers, mass organizations, and human rights defenders in the Southern Tagalog region.

Karapatan raises impact of terror law on women in PH before UN HRC

Human rights watchdog Karapatan called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC), the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism to monitor the impact of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Philippine government’s counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaigns on the human rights situation in the country in a statement delivered via video and submitted before the council’s 46th session on Thursday, March 4.

Karapatan: Proposed amendments to Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act violate int’l rights treaties and principles

Deeming drug suspects as guilty until proven otherwise in the proposed amendments by the House of Representatives to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 violates international human rights treaties and principles, human rights watchdog Karapatan said. According to the group, the amendments under House Bill No. 7814 are “set to promote an even more menacing climate of impunity in the Philippines, especially in the Duterte government’s sham and bloody war on drugs.”

Karapatan condemns attack vs red-tagged lawyer in Iloilo

Karapatan strongly condemns the attack against human rights lawyer Atty. Angelo Karlo “AK” Guillen, who was stabbed last night in Iloilo City.

“We condemn the attack on Atty. Guillen, and we call on the Commission on Human Rights and the Supreme Court to conduct an immediate and impartial investigation on this attempt on Atty. Guillen’s life,” said Karapatan Vice Chairperson Reylan Vergara.

Karapatan echoes call for PDL’s right to health: ‘Immunize them with free, safe, effective vaccines’

Human rights group Karapatan on Thursday, March 4, supported the call of families and friends of political prisoners for inclusion of thousands of prisoners, especially the elderly and sick, and pregnant women among them, in the Philippines for free, safe, and effective vaccination against COVID-19, as they contend with the country’s overcrowded detention facilities and poor health and nutrition situations in jails.

Karapatan: Killing of barangay chief in Tapaz, Capiz meant to silence truth about Tumandok massacre

The Duterte regime is trying to further terrorize Tumandok communities in Panay with the murder of Julie Catamin, chief of Brgy. Roosevelt in Tapaz, Capiz, human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group assailed Catamin’s killing as a “cowardly act that is meant to silence those who expose the truth about the arrests and killings of Tumandok members and leaders during the joint police and military operations in Tapaz, Capiz, and Calinog, Iloilo last December 30.”