December, 2021

Karapatan asserts call to free Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez

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NTF-ELCAC’s continuing reprisal suit vs rights defenders a form of judicial harassment

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., also vice chairperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), took the witness stand yesterday, December 20, 2021, at the trial on his perjury charges against officials of human rights group Karapatan, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela at the Quezon City Municipal Trial Court Branch 139.

Karapatan slams bicam committee for 17.1 billion-peso allotment for NTF-ELCAC in 2022 national budget

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Message to the awarding ceremony of the 2021 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and Rule of Law

Your Excellencies, esteemed colleagues at the UN, kindred spirits among journalists, my dear colleagues in civil society and the human rights community. Magandang gabi po, good evening.

A message of congratulations to Maria Ressa, a continuing call to uphold press freedom in the Philippines

We in Karapatan Alliance Philippines convey our congratulations to Maria Ressa, as she receives the Nobel Peace Prize today, on the occasion of the 73rd International Human Rights Day.

Karapatan asserts call to #JunkTerrorLaw as SC decision retains draconian provisions

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed dismay on Thursday over the reported Supreme Court en banc’s decision to retain the “draconian” provisions of Republic Act No.

Karapatan calls on Filipinos to unite in the call to #JunkTerrorLaw on last Human Rights Day under Duterte

Human rights alliance Karapatan joined various groups and formations in calling on all Filipinos to “unite for justice and democracy and to stand against tyranny and dictatorship” in the coming mass actions to mark the last International Human Rights Day under the Duterte administration, especially amid the looming announcement of the Supreme Court en banc’s decision on the 37 petitions seeking to declare the Anti-Terrorism Act unconstitutional as well as the tandem of Ferdinand

Act on habeas corpus petition soonest to surface Steve Abua, Karapatan urges CA

Rights group Karapatan urged the Court of Appeals to act on the petition for the writ of habeas corpus filed by the wife of missing peasant advocate and activist Steve Abua, and stressed the need for state accountability on abduction and enforced disappearances.

Karapatan to presidential, VP candidates in 2022 elections: Stop the killings, hold Duterte and all perpetrators accountable!

In a symbolic activity at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on December 8, two days before the International Human Rights Day, human rights group Karapatan called on presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the upcoming 2022 elections to put a stop to extrajudicial killings in the counterinsurgency and drug war campaigns of the Duterte administration, as the group likewise demanded that President Rodrigo Duterte and all perpetrators of such human rights violations be held accountab

Karapatan reasserts call to abolish NTF-ELCAC after three years of State terror, violence, and repression

For the past three years, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “has only proven itself to be a weapon by President Rodrigo Duterte in his desperate bid to crush dissent and terrorize the Filipino people,” human rights alliance Karapatan said on Monday, as the group reasserted its call for the NTF-ELCAC’s abolition in a protest action outside Camp Aguinaldo to mark the task force’s three years of “State terror, violence, and repression.”

Karapatan renews call on Ombudsman to act on complaints vs NTF-ELCAC officials over red-tagging

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Military airstrike in Iloilo indiscriminate, violated IHL

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Duterte’s kill-kill-kill policy through NTF-ELCAC led to Bloody Sunday killings, arrests

“If there’s an encounter and you see them armed, kill, kill them, don’t mind human rights, I will be the one to go to prison, I don’t have qualms.” President Rodrigo Duterte was quoted saying these orders to the police and military in a meeting in Cagayan de Oro City of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on March 5, 2021 — two days before the Bloody Sunday raids throughout Southern Tagalog on March 7, 2021.

Initial reaction on the dev’ts in the investigation on the Bloody Sunday killings

The Department of Justice’s recommendation to file a murder complaint against the perpetrators in the killing of labor leader Manny Asuncion is a welcome action. All victims of the Bloody Sunday raids deserve no less than justice. Those who remain imprisoned such as human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas should be released, and we continue to urge that similar murder charges be brought against the perpetrators and commanding officers involved in the killings of all the nine who were killed.

Karapatan asserts rights-based agenda in 2022 elex

Ahead of International Human Rights Day, various groups led by Karapatan gave their final verdict on the Duterte administration’s atrocious human rights record in a press conference today, as they asserted that a rights-based agenda should be at the forefront of the campaigns in the national elections next year, especially with the alliance of despotic political dynasties and human rights violators led and represented by the Marcoses, Arroyos, and Dutertes.