June, 2021

Karapatan indicts Duterte for fascist attacks on the people on his last year, asserts call for ICC to probe PH rights crisis

As President Rodrigo Duterte enters his last year in power, human rights watchdog Karapatan indicted Duterte for his “bloody crimes and fascist attacks against the Filipino people” as the group strongly called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to “pursue its investigation into the human rights crisis in the Philippines and to prosecute Duterte for his campaigns of State terror and violence that has plagued the Filipino people for the past five years.”

Karapatan supports Philippine Human Rights Act in the US Congress, drug war victims’ efforts to pursue justice at ICC

A day before President Rodrigo Duterte marks his fifth year in office, rights group Karapatan expressed support for the reintroduction of the Philippine Human Rights Act in the US Congress, as well as the participation of drug war victims and their kin in the process of the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor and the Victims Participation and Reparations Section for them to submit their views, concerns and expectations on the Prosecutor’s request to open an investigation on the alleged rights violations in the drug war.

Arming government’s force multipliers will mean more rights violations

Karapatan opposes President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to arm force multipliers of the Philippine National Police (PNP), a call he stated during the launch of the PNP’s Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy support groups and force multipliers last week, as it will spell more human rights violations in context of the numerous reported cases of extrajudicial killings especially with police and military’s oft-use of the “nanlaban” narrative, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and other grave violations.

Karapatan decries arrests of FARDEC officer and UCCP pastor in Bohol, peasant organizers in Laguna

Human rights watchdog Karapatan decried the arrests of Farmers Development Center’s (FARDEC) program coordinator for Bohol Carmilo Tabada and United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Pastor Nathaniel Vallente in Bohol and of peasant organizers Dana Marie Marcellana and Christian Relao in Laguna today in what the group said is “a continuation of the crackdown in Southern Tagalog along with signs that these same dirty tactics are now being replicated for a crackdown on Bol-anon activists and human rights defenders.”

Cyber attacks on Karapatan, alternative media organizations violate people’s rights to freedom of information

Karapatan scored the recent cyber attacks on the human rights group’s website karapatan.org and those of alternative media outlets Bulatlat and Altermidya, as reported by Sweden-based media foundation Qurium.

Karapatan renews call for UN independent investigation on the Philippines as killings, violations continue

As the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) commences today, human rights alliance Karapatan renewed its call on member and observer States to work towards an independent investigation on the human rights situation in the Philippines, especially in the light of the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor’s (ICC-OTP) request to open an investigation on the Philippines’ drug war and the recently reported killings.

25th massacre under Duterte’s counterinsurgency campaign: Karapatan strongly condemns massacre in Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemned yet another massacre in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, the 25th massacre under the Duterte administration in what the group said is “a testimony of the regime’s hideous legacy of killings that count up to the last year of this regime.”

Karapatan reiterates call to stop the killings, seeks independent investigation on the massacre of three civilians in Masbate

An independent and impartial investigation of the killings of civilians Ailyn Ekit Bulalacao, Ramon Boy Valenzuela Brioso and Antonio Poligrates in Masbate is in order, according to human rights watchdog Karapatan, as it emphasized that the deaths of union leader Nolven Absalon and his cousin Kieth due to a New People’s Army (NPA) operation is “never an excuse for the government security forces to exact retribution by murdering civilians in cold blood.” Karapatan condemned the massacre last Tuesday, June 8, of Bulalacao, Brioso and Poligrates whom the

Karapatan: Death of political prisoner Jesus Alegre a product of State negligence

Human rights group Karapatan said that heads must roll on the recent death of farmer and political prisoner Jesus Alegre, whose plight for freedom has long been part of almost all campaigns for the release of political prisoners.

On ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda’s request to formally investigate Duterte’s crimes against humanity

The announcement of outgoing International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that she is formally requesting an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s sham and bloody war on drugs is a long-awaited step towards justice and accountability. Moreover, it is yet another damning indictment of the Duterte government’s murderous policies that have killed — and continue to kill — thousands of Filipinos with impunity.

Karapatan calls out AMLC on another arbitrary freezing of women peasant group’s bank accounts

Human rights watchdog Karapatan decried the recent freezing of bank accounts of the Amihan Federation of Peasant Women as it criticized the arbitrary action by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), which reportedly released the order on May 5 through Resolution No. TF-38, series of 2021, based on alleged violations of the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act.

Karapatan hits arrest and detention of UCCP pastor, continuing red-tagging vs national organizations and leaders

Human rights alliance Karapatan called for the immediate release of Pastor Benjie Gomez, a minister of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in the district of Northern Zamboanga, who was arrested after his worship service last Sunday, June 6, on a trumped-up murder charge. Gomez is currently detained in the Leon Postigo Municipal Police Station in Bacungan, Zamboanga del Norte.

On the recent NPA operations in Masbate resulting in the deaths of Nolven and Kieth Absalon

Karapatan expresses our condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Nolven and Kieth Absalon. Nolven was a 40-year old chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Masbate Electric Cooperative Employees Union, while his 21-year old cousin, Kieith was a former football player of the Far Eastern University.

Freezing of Ladlad’s rights compensation seeks to invalidate his claims to justice vs martial law atrocities —Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan denounced the freezing of the two bank accounts of political prisoner Vicente Ladlad, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which contain funds from the indemnification he received in line with Republic Act No. 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

Int’l groups express concern on Philippine rights situation to SC, DOJ

In a collective letter sent today to Philippine Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo and to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, more than a hundred organizations and individuals expressed their “profound and urgent concern on the recent extrajudicial killings, judicial harassment, arbitrary arrests and detention and threats through red-tagging against human rights defenders, including Karapatan human rights workers, human rights lawyers, trade unionists and public sector unions, and organizers of community pantries in the Philippines.”

On the William D. Zabel Human Rights Award for Karapatan

The William D. Zabel Human Rights Award has been presented annually for more than three decades to fellow courageous activists in the frontlines of the struggle for freedom and human rights, and Karapatan is more than honored to be presented with this award today in this very challenging year for human rights defenders not only in the Philippines but also throughout the world.

Karapatan: No justice for rights abuses as police killings continue, Duterte blocks access to drug war records

Opening a few cases of killings in police anti-drug operations to investigation would not lead to accountability if police killings and abuses continue without letup, human rights watchdog Karapatan averred on Tuesday, as the group slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to block access to records of police killings in the drug war as a “clear and undeniable pronouncement that this government openly encourages impunity — and that is not intent on pursuing any form of justice for the victims of State violence and human rights abuses.”