January, 2022

Karapatan calls on CHR to investigate escalating rights violations before election campaign period

Human rights watchdog Karapatan condemned the escalating violations on human rights and international humanitarian law throughout the country reported in the past week, as the group called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate these violations especially as the country prepares for the start of the official campaign period for the upcoming 2022 elections.

NTF-ELCAC’s red-tagging underscores urgency of passing bill on protection of rights defenders

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Marcos Jr. feigning ignorance on rights violations under martial law

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Human rights alliance Karapatan slammed presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for feigning ignorance on the human rights violations committed under his father’s dictatorship, after he was asked regarding Amnesty International’s data on these violations in his one-on-one interview with Boy Abunda, which was aired yesterday, January 25, 2022.

#FactsFirstPH to Filipinos: The battle for facts needs you

The battle for facts needs you.

This is what more than 100 organizations from the media, coalitions, civil society, business, academe, law, and the Church said as they launched a first-of-its kind initiative on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, called “#FactsFirstPH.”

#FactsFirstPH: For 2022 elections, how will you fight for the truth?

Who will you vote for if you don’t have the facts? How many times have you been attacked online because you challenged a lie?

You are not alone.

Karapatan slams Sara Duterte’s proposal for military conscription

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Military conscription violates basic civil and political rights, human rights alliance Karapatan asserted on Thursday, as the group slammed Sara Duterte’s proposal to make military service in the country mandatory should she become vice president.

Karapatan denounces killing of peasant couple in Sorsogon

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed strong indignation on the killing of an elderly couple in Sorsogon, as the group warned that “the bloodbath in the Philippines will continue after the Duterte regime, if the next president will continue its murderous legacy and maintain the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).”

Karapatan lauds House passage of proposed bill on protection of rights defenders

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Duterte, NTF-ELCAC, etc must also be held accountable for the killing of Evangelista couple, other Bloody Sunday victims

While human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the filing of murder complaints against the police personnel involved in the service of search warrants that killed fisherfolk leaders Ariel Evangelista and Ana-Mariz “Chai” Lemita-Evangelista during the Bloody Sunday raids throughout Southern Tagalog last March 7, 2021, the group asserted that President Rodrigo Duterte, officials of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), then-Philippine National Police (P

Recent gov’t policies against unvaxxed individuals are punitive, anti-poor

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Karapatan to Cavite LGU: Stop the attacks, demolitions in Patungan coastal community

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Rights group Karapatan called on the local government of Maragondon, Cavite to stop the attacks against residents of Brgy. Patungan, as it also called on the Commission on Human Rights to conduct an independent investigation on the shooting incidents yesterday and the violent demolition of the residents’ homes to hold perpetrators accountable.

Rights of unvaxxed individuals to access to basic services, vs arrests and detention must be ensured

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