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Desaparecidos: On the first year of disappearance of Dexter Capuyan and Gene Roz Jamil “Bazoo” de Jesus

On the first year of disappearance of Dexter Capuyan and Gene Roz Jamil “Bazoo” de Jesus, the Families of the Disappeared for Justice (Desaparecidos) joins Dexter and Bazoo’s families in their continuing search for their loved ones. As we have tirelessly done with our own missing kin, we are one with them in asking: Where …

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Dismiss cases vs political prisoners based on faulty search warrants – KARAPATAN

Human rights group Karapatan reiterated its call to dismiss cases against other political prisoners detained and charged with trumped-up cases on the basis of faulty and unjust search warrants after the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the Court of Appeal’s decision to void the search warrants used against activists Reina Mae Nasino, Ram Carlo Bautista, and …

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KARAPATAN supports jeepney drivers’ transport strike

KARAPATAN expresses its staunchest solidarity with the striking jeepney drivers and operators led by Piston who are airing their grievances ahead of the big gathering of workers’ groups on May 1, 2024. Jeepney drivers and operators have been opposing the Marcos Jr. government’s jeepney phaseout scheme masquerading as a jeepney modernization program. Under this scheme, …

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KARAPATAN slams recent terror case vs Southern Tagalog human rights workers

KARAPATAN denounces the recently-reported indictment of two Southern Tagalog young activists for alleged violation of Republic Act No. 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012. The ridiculous accusation of terrorist financing levelled against Southern Tagalog youth activists Fritz Jay Labiano and Adrian Paul Tagle is but the latest act by the …

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Karapatan raises grave concern on rising number of enforced disappearances under Marcos Jr.

Today, we bear witness to environmental defender Eco Dangla’s description of his ordeal, from his ordeal to the torture that he endured. On Sunday, April 28, 2024, we recall the 17th year since activist Jonas Burgos was abducted and the first year after the enforced disappearance of indigenous people’s advocates Dexter Capuyan and Gene Roz …

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Karapatan remembers Rene Saguisag

Karapatan extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Atty. Rene Saguisag, who died on April 24, 2024 at the age of 84. The human rights community remembers Atty. Saguisag as a staunch nemesis of dictatorship. He was one of the courageous lawyers who founded the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity …

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Desaparecidos marks 28th birthday of Gene Roz Jamil de Jesus, one year after his disappearance

As Gene Roz Jamil “Bazoo” de Jesus, an activist, beloved son, brother, and friend, would have celebrated his 28th birthday today, Desaparecidos solemnly marks this occasion amid his continued absence. Bazoo together with Dexter Capuyan were abducted by suspected state agents on April 28, 2023, in Taytay, Rizal, leaving his family, friends, and community devastated …

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Rights group denounces violent demolition of farms, stores in Cavite village

Karapatan denounces the violent demolitions of stores, farms and protest centers in Barangay Tartaria, Silang, Cavite by hired goons of Ayala Land Inc. and the Aguinaldo clan. The disputed area in Barangay Tartaria is part of a 200-hectare landholding settled by farmers since the late 19th century and known for its fertile soil planted to …

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KARAPATAN slams US-PH wargames, calls for an end to US intervention in PH

KARAPATAN condemns in the strongest terms the upcoming Balikatan war games which will involve up to 16,000 US and Filipino troops and the use of advanced weaponry in scenarios simulating aerial and maritime attacks from China. Coupled with the recent deployment by the US in the Philippines of mid-range missiles capable of reaching Taiwan and …

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