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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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KARAPATAN denounces trumped up terror-financing charges vs CERNET officers, staff

KARAPATAN decries the filing of trumped-up terrorist financing charges against the Community Empowerment and Resource Network (CERNET) and 28 individuals currently or previously in its council, board or staff. Founded in 2001, CERNET is a Cebu-based development NGO that has consistently worked alongside grassroots organizations to alleviate poverty in marginalized communities in the Visayas. It …

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Int’l people’s tribunal to hear cases of enforced disappearances

Jonila Castro’s testimony at the International People’s Tribunal speaks of one of the most alarming trends under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.–that of the fast-growing number of enforced disappearances. From 20 victims of forced disappearances throughout Duterte’s six-year term, there are now 11 victims still missing less than two years into Marcos Jr.’s presidency. …

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KARAPATAN: Marcos Jr.’s new special committee,an attempt to window-dress dire rights situation in PH

Through Administrative Order No. 22, Malacanang has just created a “special committee on human rights coordination” in a desperate attempt to window-dress the grave human rights situation in the country. Touted as a new mechanism that comes after the UN Joint Program on human rights in the Philippines, Marcos Jr.’s human rights coordinating council is …

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KARAPATAN welcomes recent SC decision citing dangerous implications of redtagging

KARAPATAN views the recently published Supreme Court En Banc decision partially granting the writ of amparo of activist Siegfred Deduro as an important legal decision recognizing the dangerous consequences of red-tagging, vilification, and labelling. These dangerous practices of State security forces have long threatened the lives, security and liberty of scores of human rights activists, …

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KARAPATAN: Marcos Jr.’s new special committee, an attempt to window-dress dire rights situation in PH

Through Administrative Order No. 22, Malacanang has just created a “special committee on human rights coordination” in a desperate attempt to window-dress the grave human rights situation in the country. Touted as a new mechanism that comes after the UN Joint Program on human rights in the Philippines, Marcos Jr.’s human rights coordinating council is …

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