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Jhed Tamano, Jonila Castro need protection, not arrest and prosecution – KARAPATAN

February 21, 2024 “Jhed Tamano and Jonila Castro need protection, not arrest and prosecution,” said rights group KARAPATAN as it slammed the arrest warrant issued against the two young women environmental defenders, over charges of grave oral defamation filed against them by the military and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict …

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KARAPATAN slams arbitrary arrests, threats ahead of EDSA People Power 1 commemoration

February 16, 2024 “The arbitrary arrests and unjust detention of Filipinos under the Ferdinand Marcos Jr. regime show that the same forms of injustice that the Filipino people rose up against 38 years ago continue,” said KARAPATAN Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as the group condemned the unjust arrests and detention of persons ahead of the …

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KARAPATAN on the SC decision on petition for legal protection of Castro, Tamano

February 16, 2024 KARAPATAN welcomes the Supreme Court’s issuance of the writs of amparo and habeas data, as well as the temporary protection order granted to young environmental activists Jonila Castro and Jhed Reiyana Tamano. We note and appreciate the SC’s views on the existence of elements of enforced disappearance in the case and the …

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Killing of elderly couple in Masbate testament to the murderous reign of Marcos Jr. regime, AFP – KARAPATAN

February 10, 2024 “We strongly condemn the murder of elderly couple Pedro and Florencia Regala in Masbate, and demand that justice be immediately served for the two farmers, a testament to the Marcos Jr. regime and the AFP’s murderous reign,” said KARAPATAN secretary general Cristina Palabay. Pedro Regala, 78, and his wife, Florencia Regala, 67, …

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KARAPATAN: #IkulongSiDigong

February 8, 2024 While there are unconfirmed reports on a warrant of arrest against former President Rodrigo Duterte, KARAPATAN believes that steps to make him and his co-conspirators accountable for grave human rights violations, through international or domestic mechanisms, are long overdue and that any effort towards redress should be done immediately. Official police records …

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KARAPATAN on NTF-ELCAC, Imee Marcos’ statements regarding UNSR Khan’s findings

February 5, 2024 First, it was national security adviser Eduardo Año and officials of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) who denounced UN Special Rapporteur Irene Khan for calling for the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC. This time around, it is Sen. Imee Marcos who joins the fray, questioning Ms. Khan’s …

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REJECTION OF CALLS TO ABOLISH NTF-ELCAC FURTHER EXPOSES MARCOS JR.’S FASCIST BLUEPRINT IN PH

February 3, 2024 The Marcos Jr. regime’s rejection of UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan’s initial recommendations on the abolition of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), as well as its deceitful prospective renaming of the notorious task force further expose its intent and design …

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KARAPATAN welcomes UN Special Rapporteur Irene Khan’s recom to abolish NTF-ELCAC

February 2, 2024 Human rights alliance Karapatan welcomes the significant initial findings of UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan during her ten-day official visit in the Philippines. We thank Ms. Khan for the meetings she had with civil society and people’s organizations, survivors, victims and their kin, representatives of peasant …

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Filipina rights defenders to UNSR Irene Khan: Support our plight amidst attacks on freedom of expression and human rights

February 1, 2024 “We hope that UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan will support our calls to achieve justice and push back against attacks on freedom of expression, press freedom, and human rights in the country.” Tanggol Bayi, a network of women human rights defenders in the Philippines, made the …

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