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Our mothers, our defenders: Rights group offer red roses for mothers of victims on mother’s day

Karapatan celebrates mother’s day by bringing together mothers whose children have been victims of human rights violations under the watch of the Arroyo administration. Human rights activists joined by children relatives paid tribute to these mothers by offering them red roses as a symbol of solidarity. "We are one with them in the defense of …

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Mothers of human rights violation victims affirm unity against ‘terror ma’ in Malacañang

Mothers of victims of human rights violations under the Arroyo regime who banded together under the banner of Hustisya! and Desaparecidos today called on the Filipino people to join them "in defending human rights by fighting the terrorist mother that reigns in Malacañang." They came together to accept the tribute organized for them by human …

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Karapatan-Southern Mindanao lambast Army for urging set-up of private armies

DAVAO CITY–Karapatan Southern Mindanao Region lambasted the calls of Colonel Alan R. Luga, commanding officer of the 1001st Brigade urging mining and logging owners in Compostela Valley Province to create Special Civilian Active Auxiliary Units (SCAA) or private armies guided to implement the Investment Defense Force ordered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today. This, the group …

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Rights group urged military informants: Testify against masterminds of killings

The human rights group Karapatan urged military informants who bared military covert operations to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, to testify against their superiors who ordered the extrajudicial killings of activists. Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information said, “We exhort them to walk the path of justice by testifying against those who masterminded the extrajudicial killings of …

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Karapatan says CHR’s high rating for Arroyo rights record is retraction of critical stance

The human rights group Karapatan expressed disappointment over the recent statement made by Chairperson Purificacion Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights giving the Arroyo government a high rating on human rights. Karapatan said that the CHR has previously been exhibiting independence and is saddened that the CHR is now speaking in unison with Mrs. …

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Arroyo regime can’t hide its gruesome human rights record

Human rights alliance Karapatan, today said that the Philippine government’s report before the United Nations in the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review is but an attempt to hide the Arroyo government’s gruesome human rights record. While the Philippine delegation led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita pulled his act with an out-and-out tale of deception before …

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UN called upon to heed victims of terror in its review of Arroyo’s rights record

In the observance of the International Women’s Month and in their monthly Saturday gathering, women relatives and friends of victims of human rights violations linked arms with other human rights defenders at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, in a bid to call the attention of the United Nations to the human rights record of …

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Women human rights defenders call for removal of rights violator in Malacañang

Women human rights defenders and relatives of human rights violations victims (HRVVs) belonging to Karapatan, Desaparecidos, Hustisya! today kicked off the commemoration of International Women’s Month with renewed calls to remove the sitting president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. "A first step towards justice is to drive out the thief and human rights violator in Malacanang. Palayasin ang …

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