May, 2021

Karapatan: Stop Israeli apartheid against Palestinians! Free all political prisoners now!

Karapatan together with human rights defenders in the Philippines stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine in condemning the Israeli government’s continued attacks, repression, and other human rights violations and war crimes against Palestinians, their families, and their communities in occupied territories in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and in Gaza.

Karapatan calls for independent investigation on the killing of former priest, peace consultant and aide

An independent investigation must be conducted into the killings of former Roman Catholic priest Rustico Tan in Cebu and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Reynaldo Bocala and his aide Welly Arguelles Epago in Iloilo, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, following reports from alternative media outfits Panay Today and Aninaw Productions and other local stations regarding their killings last night, May 28.

No justice for drug war victims with reimposition of death penalty, other amendments to Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act

Investigation on cases of killings in police anti-drug operations should have been done long ago if the Philippine National Police (PNP) is genuinely committed to accountability among its ranks, human rights watchdog Karapatan averred, as the group said that “justice for drug war victims under this regime still seems dim when the killings and police abuses continue — and especially with the proposals to reinstate death penalty through the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.”

Media forum on the human rights crisis and what the judiciary can do to safeguard rights

Join Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers, and Karapatan in this public briefing on the current human rights crisis in the Philippines and proposals on the urgent steps that can be taken by the Supreme Court to uphold human rights, in response to its March 2021 statement. These proposals were submitted to the Supreme Court on May 18.

You can also watch the livestream of the public briefing on our Facebook page.

Canadian House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights statement regarding the situation of human rights defenders

Ottawa, May 19, 2021 - On 4 May 2021, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights (the Subcommittee) heard harrowing testimony from witnesses who described the crumbling state of human rights in the Philippines.

Rights groups, victims urge SC anew to take urgent action to protect rights defenders vs red-tagging, arrests, killings

The Supreme Court must take urgent action to protect human rights defenders and their lawyers, human rights groups and victims of human rights violations urged anew on Tuesday in a letter submitted before the high court in response to its March 23, 2021 statement on the threats, red-tagging, and killings of judges and lawyers as well as their clients.

Karapatan: Release sick peasant leaders Marcela Diaz and Virgilio Lincuna on just and humanitarian grounds

Human rights alliance Karapatan today called for the immediate release of Caraga peasant leaders Marcela “Silay” Diaz, 59 years old and a stage 4 cancer patient, and Virgilio “Yoyong” Lincuna, 70 years old and a former political prisoner as well as a stroke survivor suffering from partial paralysis. The group’s call came after the death of peasant leader Joseph Canlas of the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson due to COVID-19. Canlas, who had hypertension and diabetes, was said to have contracted the virus inside prison.

Karapatan: Arbitrary designation of peace consultants under terror law a death warrant

The Anti-Terrorism Council’s designation of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants and peace panel members as “terrorists” under the Anti-Terrorism Act is “red-tagging in its most blatant and most dangerous,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted on Thursday, as the group assailed the designation as “brazenly arbitrary that it violates basic principles of due process — and whose consequences have proven to be deadly.”

Hustisya: Hustisya para kay Joseph Canlas!

Mariing kinondena ng HUSTISYA (Pagkakaisa ng mga Biktima para sa Hustisya) ang kapabayaan at kawalang puso ng administrasyong Duterte matapos masawi ang bilanggong pulitikal at lider-magsasaka na si Joseph Canlas.

SELDA blames Duterte admin on political prisoners' deaths

Former political detainees under Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) assailed the Duterte administration as  two political detainees died while in prison this week.

On the threats against community pantry organizers

There is no justification for the death and rape threats against Ana Patricia Non, the young woman organizer and initiator of community pantries, nor there can be any justification for the persistent and continuing profiling and red-tagging of community pantry organizers in the whole country.

Justice for Ka Joseph Canlas! Free all political prisoners!

Karapatan mourns with the family, friends and colleagues of Ka Joseph Canlas, 59, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson, who passed away this morning of May 11, at the Intensive Care Unit of the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Karapatan presses for humanitarian, just release of peasant leader Joseph Canlas

Detained peasant leader Joseph Canlas, 59, vice chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and chairperson of the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon, was brought to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga on Saturday, May 8, and to the Intensive Care Unit of the said hospital on May 9, Sunday, morning, after he experienced difficulty in breathing at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) detention center in Angeles City.

Karapatan slams Duterte’s arrest orders for improper wearing of masks

This policy of mass arrests of alleged violators of health and quarantine protocols like improper wearing of face masks is brazenly unscientific and ineffective, aside from a form of disproportionate use of force during a public health crisis that impacts mainly the poor population.

Karapatan slams trumped-up charges against UCCP church leaders and social workers, harassment of Lumad at Haran sanctuary

Human rights alliance Karapatan slammed the trumped-up charges and arrest warrants against six church leaders, administrators, and social workers of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) Haran center in Davao City who have provided sanctuary to bakwit Lumad communities forcibly displaced from their ancestral domains due to militarization.

Karapatan condemns police, military raids vs activists in Bicol

Karapatan condemns the most recent police raids in Bicol region at early morning yesterday, May 2, 2021 resulting in the arbitrary arrests of United Church of Christ of the Philippines Pastor Dan Balucio, 62, spokesperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan - Bicol, and Maria Jesusa “Sasah” Sta. Rosa, 20, spokesperson of Jovenes Anakbayan (Anakbayan’s regional chapter in Bicol region).