October, 2021

CHED-CAR’s memo to purge “subversive” materials from libraries a brazen attack on academic freedom

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Declare Bato a nuisance candidate for running to protect himself, Duterte from ICC

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Let’s talk about platforms now, Karapatan urges 2022 aspirants

Rights group Karapatan urged candidates for the 2022 national elections to lay down their platforms, their positions on issues and concerns of Filipinos especially of poor communities now, way before the election campaign starts.

Karapatan on Philippines dropping to 102nd in WJP rule of index report

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Karapatan demands release of two Batangas peasant leaders

Karapatan demanded the release of two long-time peasant activists in Batangas, one of them a victim of illegal search during the March 7, 2021 Bloody Sunday raids in the Southern Tagalog region.

Bato’s “surprise” presidential run a mockery of elections, blatant plot to evade ICC probe

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Bato dela Rosa is making a barefaced mockery of the elections with his “surprise” run for the presidency when he filed his certificate of candidacy last Friday — a shameless tactic we know all too well to be ripped straight from the playbook of Rodrigo Duterte’s own drama when he ran as president in the elections in 2016.

Karapatan honors CHR chair Chito Gascon

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We in Karapatan offer our condolences to the bereaved family, friends, colleagues, and comrades of Commission on Human Rights chairperson Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon as we join them in mourning his untimely passing this morning due to COVID-19.

On UN High Commissioner Bachelet’s update on PH at HRC 48

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The report of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the UN Human Rights Council 48th session on the implementation of the resolution on technical cooperation and capacity building noted the continuing and severe human rights violations in the Philippines, amidst and despite the ongoing UN Joint Programme in the country.

Rights groups press for overdue accountability on drug war killings, attacks on rights defenders at UNHRC

As President Rodrigo Duterte prepares for his defense against the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation into the situation in the Philippines, human rights alliance Karapatan together with international partners asserted in oral statements delivered before the 48th session of United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that an independent international investigation into the country is “overdue” amid the continuing impunity in the killings in the sham drug war as well as the worsening attacks against human rights defenders.

On the presidential bid of the dictator’s son

Bongbong Marcos was far from a mere bystander in the atrocities committed by his father's fascist dictatorship.

Duterte’s order barring Cabinet from appearing before Senate is a desperate cover-up attempt

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Human rights alliance Karapatan said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s order barring his Cabinet from attending the Senate committee hearings regarding the government’s anomalous transactions with pharmaceutical corporation Pharmally is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to cover up what now appears to be a wide scale corruption scandal involving Duterte’s men.”

Uphold schools, libraries as democratic spaces, stop NTF-ELCAC’s “tokhang” in libraries!

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Rights group Karapatan called on academic institutions to “uphold schools and libraries as democratic spaces,” and said that “tokhang” in libraries by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict should be stopped.

International independent investigation pressed amid continuing reprisals vs rights defenders engaging with UN

In an oral statement at the Item 5 interactive dialogue of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, September 30, 2021, Karapatan and t