July, 2021

Karapatan on PH gov't signing joint rights program with UN and repeated refusal to cooperate with the ICC

Expectedly, the Philippine government’s inking of the joint human rights program with the United Nations is now being spun as “sincere efforts” on human rights.

Karapatan: Right to peaceably protest for SONA a basic right even amid pandemic

The people's right to peaceably assemble and protest is a basic human right guaranteed by our Constitution: no law or policy can abridge or prohibit it — and this right remains in effect even amid the pandemic. In fact, it is President Rodrigo Duterte’s criminal negligence of people’s welfare and his fascist attacks that are forcing the people to not only exercise but assert the right to protest, including for his last State of the Nation Address.

Karapatan: Arrested Lumad activists in QC are not communist rebels

Lumad activists Julieta Gomez and Niezel Velasco, who were arrested in Quezon City last Friday, July 16, are not communist rebels but leaders of indigenous and humanitarian organizations, human rights alliance Karapatan asserted today, as the group assailed the arrest of the Gomez and Velasco as a “brazen attempt to hinder them from conducting their advocacy work and to vilify their work by arresting them based on planted evidence and trumped-up charges.”

"No justice, no peace:" Five years of State terror under Duterte

This input was delivered by Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay in the webinar “No Justice, No Peace: 5 Years of State Terror Under Duterte” earlier today, July 21, 2021. You can watch the webinar on Facebook through this link.

Immunity is impunity: Karapatan slams Duterte’s planned bid for VP run in upcoming elections

At this point, President Rodrigo Duterte’s agenda in his bid to run for vice president in the upcoming national elections is undeniably clear: he wants immunity as a shameless ploy for impunity. President Duterte knows that cases for his bloody crimes against the Filipino people are waiting for him once his term ends. He knows he cannot escape any of them, including the cases against him before the International Criminal Court.

Despite dismissal of charges vs Aetas under terror law, Duterte gov’t continues terror-tagging with arbitrary designation of NDF

The dismissal of the charges against Aetas Japer Gurung and Junior Ramos “clearly show how the Anti-Terrorism Act is being used to fabricate charges against individuals and arbitrarily tag them as ‘terrorists,’” human rights alliance Karapatan said on Monday, as it slammed the statement of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on the said dismissal.

Duterte’s SONA a “day of reckoning” for EJK victims, rights group says

More than a week before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address, rights group Karapatan called to stop the killings anew in a protest action at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) office in Quezon City, and said that the president’s last SONA is a “day of reckoning” for victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Terminally-ill detained peasant organizer seeks court order for hospital treatment and confinement

On July 9, 2021, the legal counsel of detained peasant organizer Ernesto Jude Rimando filed a motion for urgent medical confinement at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 80, asking the court to allow him to be treated at the Philippine General Hospital and for him to stay there until medically discharged by attending doctor and the hospital.

Initial reaction on SC rules on body-cam and search warrants

Karapatan notes the recent resolution of the Supreme Court on rules on the use of body-worn cameras in the execution of warrants as a product of relentless and persistent justice-seeking efforts of victims of human rights violations, lawyers, activists, and other civil libertarians, while we lament that such action came after numerous cases of killings, arbitrary arrests and detention and other rights violations in the government’s war on drugs and counterinsurgency campaigns.

Karapatan honors Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina, a fearless human rights champion

“[We should] defend [our rights], or else we are bound to lose them.”

This was one of Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina’s messages that manifested his determination in fighting for people’s rights and civil liberties. In the midst of the calls to reject the government’s “terror law” last year, he was asked this question: “What does freedom mean to you?”

HRVs rise in regions with most dev’t fund from DILG, NTF-ELCAC

Human rights group Karapatan hit the government’s use of public funds in its desperate bid to attack activists across the country, noting that in regions where most funds from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-ELCAC) Barangay Development Program (BDP) were allocated, reported violations of people’s rights also increased.

Rights group backs motion to dismiss cases against detained rights defender in Laguna

The cases against 61-year-old human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas are based on “utter fabrications, blatant lies, and planted evidence,” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, as the group backed their detained paralegal’s motion to dismiss the cases filed against her following her arrest during the Bloody Sunday raids throughout the Southern Tagalog region last March 7, which led to the killings of nine activists and the arrests of three others.

Karapatan urges CHR to withhold clearance for Parlade’s retirement

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should withhold clearances for the retirement of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., human rights alliance Karapatan urged, as the group cited that Parlade is currently “facing criminal and administrative complaints at the Office of the Ombudsman” for engaging in red-tagging during his stint as a spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and as a commanding general of the Armed Force of the Philippines’ Southern Luzon Command.

Karapatan: Compassionate release still the best option for cancer-stricken political prisoner

Human rights group Karapatan asserted that “compassionate release is still the best option” for 66-year-old cancer-stricken political prisoner Antonio Molina, who was sent to the hospital yesterday, July 7, after the Palawan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 51 approved his request for a five-day medical confinement.

Karapatan: NTF-ELCAC has no credibility for us to destroy

We do not have to destroy the credibility of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) because it has no credibility to begin with. It is better known for the lies and fabrications it has concocted and kept on recycling to vilify and demonize Karapatan and others advocating truth and are critical of the Duterte government.

Karapatan appeals for urgent medical treatment of terminally ill political prisoner before it’s too late

Human rights group Karapatan appealed for the urgent medical treatment of 66-year-old political prisoner Antonio Molina, who is detained at the Puerto Princesa City Jail in Palawan and diagnosed with abdominal wall sarcoma, a malignant tumor, a type of cancer that arises from transformed cells of mesenchymal (connective tissue) origin.

Karapatan, int’l rights groups press call for UN investigation on drug war, rights situation in the Philippines

In a joint statement delivered via video by Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor yesterday, July 2, 2021, at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Karapatan, Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation and FORUM-ASIA urged the Council, “in the light of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s request for a full investigation in the Philippines, to conduct an independent investigation on violations in the context of the ‘war on drugs,’ including extrajudicial killings, and possible arbitrary arrests and detention in th

SELDA's wish on Imelda Marcos's birthday: "Put her in jail"

On Imelda Marcos's 92nd birthday, former Martial Law victims under the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) assert the call for the immediate arrest and incarceration of the former first lady.

Karapatan, int’l rights groups renew call for UNHRC’s independent investigation on the situation in PH, in light of ICC request

At the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Karapatan and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development renewed their call for the Council to conduct an independent investigation on the human rights situation in the Philippines, in the light of the request of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation on the alleged rights violations in the Duterte administration’s “drug war.”

Karapatan urges Tagum court: heed prosecution’s prayer to junk trumped-up murder charge vs rights worker Jackie Valencia

The murder charge against Karapatan National Council member Daisy “Jackie” Valencia and other human rights defenders is “plain and simple judicial harassment: it is a charge based on outright lies and it should be junked immediately,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted on Thursday, as the group welcomed the findings of the prosecution in its reinvestigation report praying for the dismissal of the murder charge filed against them for lack of probable cause.