Karapatan welcomes CA’s affirmation of Palparan’s conviction

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Karapatan welcomes the Court of Appeals First Division decision affirming the conviction of butcher Palparan and cohorts. This recent legal victory affirms the need to pursue justice and accountability through and through — despite threats, harassment, reprisals, and patronage by those in power of these human rights violators.

This could not have been possible without the strength and perseverance of the parents of Karen and Sherlyn, the witnesses, Desaparecidos (families and friends of the disappeared), the lawyers and human rights groups, the international community and the Filipino people who kept watch and remained vigilant throughout the years.

Sadly, Karen and She, along with many other desaparecidos remain missing, and Palparan should be made to divulge their whereabouts. This struggle for justice is for them and many other victims of State terrorism.

Cristina Palabay
Karapatan Secretary General