April, 2021

Karapatan calls for independent probe on police killings of 2 brgy officials in Camarines Sur

Karapatan called for an independent investigation on the killings of two barangay officials in Iriga City and in Buhi town in Camarines Sur in the course of police operations within a month.

Karapatan: PNP, NTF-ELCAC attempts to hijack community pantries are “cheap PR stunts”

Human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted that the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) plan to explicitly use “planted beneficiary civilians” for their own version of community pantries is “a laughable admission of the PNP’s tanim-ebidensiya modus, even in what are supposed to be relief efforts” especially since the PNP’s proposed project is explicitly in compliance with directives from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Karapatan urges court to reconsider denial of detained unionist’s motion to quash search warrant against him

A thorough review into the application of search warrants used for the International Human Rights Day police raids throughout Metro Manila last year “is a matter of justice,” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted on Tuesday, as the group urged the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 50 to reconsider its denial of the motion filed by detained trade unionist Joel Demate, one of the seven activists arrested during the raids, to quash the search warrant used to raid his residence and to suppress the evidence supposedly seized during the raids.

SC asked to reverse CA decision on Karapatan’s plea for writs of amparo, habeas data

In its second manifestation filed today at the Supreme Court (SC) appealing the reversal of the Court of Appeals’ (CA) dismissal of its petition for the writs of amparo and habeas data, human rights watchdog Karapatan cited the judicial harassment, threats, and continuing red-tagging of itsleaders and members by military and police authorities, including National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson and Southern Luzon Command chief Antonio Parlade Jr., as among the urgent reasons why the SC should revisit the CA ruling

Tanggol Bayi: Defend women and queer human rights defenders! Drop trumped-up charges!

Tanggol Bayi stands with human rights defenders against rampant rights violations, particularly the attempted murder charges against human rights defenders Elisa Tita Lubi and Jay Apiag, and the arrest and detention of Renalyn Tejero and Nimfa Lanzanas, to name a few of the many human rights workers harassed and threatened by state elements of the Duterte administration.

Karapatan hits red-tagging of community pantries

While it is a definitely a glimmer of hope in these bleak times to see the bayanihan of communities looking out for each other’s needs through solidarity efforts and mutual aid initiatives such as community pantries, they are nonetheless a damning indictment of the Duterte government’s criminal negligence of people’s rights and welfare — of its glaring failure to uphold the State’s duty such as providing aid to households and communities hard-hit by the crisis.

Karapatan supports calls for a clear plan and schedule for COVID-19 vaccines for PDLs

Human rights alliance Karapatan supported the call of families and friends of political prisoners for the government to enact a clear plan and schedule of the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines for Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs).

Karapatan: Freeze order vs UCCP Haran Center, attacks on church workers “devilish”

Human rights alliance Karapatan contended that the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s (AMLC) order to freeze the assets, bank accounts, and properties of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center in Davao City for allegations of terrorist financing is “based on flat-out lies,” as the group slammed the Duterte government for “brazenly targeting and persecuting church workers and religious institutions, which have only been working tirelessly to help those in need.”

Karapatan condemns continuing EJKs, arrests amid pandemic

Amid the surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country, State forces “continue to terrorize the Filipino people without letup,” human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group condemned the recent killings of Negrense activist Jesus Pason Jr. and Camarines Sur barangay captain Elmer Casabuena, as well as the arrest of peasant leader Oscar Balonga in Bohol.

Karapatan: Passing measure to penalize red-tagging, protect HRDs more urgent amid attacks vs Senate employees’ union

The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency’s (NICA) “utterly baseless and dangerous red-tagging” of the Senate employees’ union presents a “clear urgency for the Senate to pass measures to define and penalize red-tagging, and to protect unionists, activists, and human rights defenders from such threats and deadly rhetoric — especially from government officials.”

One month after Bloody Sunday raids, mothers of slain fisherfolk leaders call on DOJ, Congress to probe their killings

One month after the Bloody Sunday raids throughout Southern Tagalog last March 7, the mothers of slain fisherfolk leaders Ariel Evangelista and Anna Mariz “Chai” Lemita-Evangelista pressed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the House of Representatives and the Senate to conduct an independent investigation into the killing of the couple as well as the other victims in the police and military raids which led to the killings of nine activists and the arrests of at least four others.

Karapatan urges CHR to probe trumped-up attempted murder charge, judicial harassment vs rights workers

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate the judicial harassment of human rights workers from Karapatan following the recent arrest of Karapatan – Caraga paralegal Renelyn Tejero along with the trumped-up attempted murder charge filed against Karapatan National Chairperson Elisa Lubi and Karapatan – Southern Mindanao Region Secretary General Jayvee Apiag.

Hustisya para kay Beng Hernandez! Hustisya para sa lahat ng biktima ng pasismo ng estado!

Sa paggunita ng ika-19 na anibersaryo ng pagpaslang kay Benjaline “Beng” Hernandez, muling iginiit ng grupong Hustisya (Pagkakaisa ng mga Biktima para sa Hustisya) ang panagawan para sa katarungan sa mga biktima ng “pasismo ng estado.”

SELDA hits Duterte admin on "ridiculous" charges against rights workers

Former political prisoners under the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) hit the Duterte administration after charging two officials of human rights alliance Karapatan with attempted murder.