June, 2021

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.”