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KARAPATAN welcomes dismissal of terrorism financing charges vs 2 youth human rights workers

Human rights alliance KARAPATAN welcomed the dismissal of the trumped-up terrorist financing cases against young human rights workers Fritz Labiano and Paul Tagle. In an order dated June 5, 2024, Batangas City Regional Trial Court 7 Presiding Judge Aida Carrera Santos ordered the dismissal after the complainants failed to comply with the court’s deadline to …

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Human rights groups press for the urgent release of terminally ill political prisoner

Human rights groups Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an organization of former political prisoners, and KARAPATAN renewed their calls for the immediate release of terminally ill political prisoner Ernesto Jude Rimando Jr., a trade union and peasant rights advocate who was arbitrarily arrested on January 6, 2021 and is detained at …

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Human rights group decries freeze order on bank accounts of dev’t NGO

Karapatan condemns the freeze order issued by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) on the accounts of the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), a development NGO with partners nationwide focused on community-based disaster management. In an order dated May 10, 2024, the AMLC ordered the CDRC’s accounts frozen allegedly because the latter is a direct recipient …

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Karapatan blocks ‘search warrant factory’ judge’s bid for CA post

Human rights alliance Karapatan protested the inclusion of Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert in the short list of candidates being considered for promotion to the posts of Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals and Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan. In a letter to the Judicial and Bar Council dated May 22, 2024, Karapatan urged the JBC …

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Karapatan welcomes HOR resolution to cooperate with ICC investigation

Karapatan welcomes the conduct today of a hearing at the House of Representatives for the adoption of House Resolution 1477 calling for the government’s full cooperation with the investigation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of extrajudicial killings and other crimes perpetrated under the Duterte regime in the course of its anti-drug war. The resolution …

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KARAPATAN welcomes guilty verdict of the International People’s Tribunal vs Duterte and Marcos Jr.

Karapatan welcomes the guilty verdict pronounced by the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) against the US-directed Duterte and Marcos Jr. regimes for grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law against the Filipino people. The IPT, a quasi-judicial body comprising renowned international jurors and legal experts convened on May 17-18 in Brussels, Belgium to try …

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Marcos Jr. regime’s use of anti-terror and terrorist financing laws vs activists and dissidents presented at IPT

Southern Tagalog activist Hailey Pecayo’s testimony before the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) speaks of the unjustness and arbitrariness by which the regime of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. accuses human rights defenders and other political activists of violating anti-terror and terrorist financing laws. At 19, Hailey Pecayo serves as the spokesperson of Tanggol Batangan, a provincial alliance …

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