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On President Rodrigo Duterte's threats against Facebook

While there are numerous human rights challenges that Facebook has to address, shutting down the platform, when it doesn’t suit the current administration’s wishes to maintain pages that incite violence and foment lies on activists and those that will unduly influence the election, is tantamount to censorship.

Karapatan welcomes UNESCO reclassification of Ampatuan massacre case

Human rights watchdog Karapatan welcomed on Tuesday the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) decision to reclassify the Ampatuan massacre as “ongoing/unresolved” following the letter sent by the families of the massacre’s victims, media groups, and various human rights organizations and advocates to UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay last September 12 appealing the classification of the case as “resolved” in the UNESCO Observatory of Killed Journalists.

Karapatan: Bill seeking to block US aid to AFP, PNP, a strong statement vs Duterte’s campaign of State terror

Amid growing international condemnation on the Duterte administration’s human rights violations in the Philippines, human rights alliance Karapatan said that passing the Philippine Human Rights Act in the United States — which seeks to block or suspend US government funding for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) — “is a strong statement against Duterte’s brutal campaign of State terror, unbridled repression, and mass murder in the Philippines.”

How much is military and police spending on disinformation on Facebook? — Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan on Wednesday welcomed Facebook’s takedown of fake accounts linked to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which the group said was “a damning evidence of State-sponsored online attacks, red-tagging and mass deception in the social media platform.”

Karapatan: Duterte’s posturing at UNGA is a desperate attempt to evade accountability

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried President Rodrigo Duterte’s “glaring efforts to vilify human rights defenders in the Philippines and to undermine their calls for accountability” as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) earlier today. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay stated that Duterte “is posturing in making desperate pleas before the international community that is growing increasingly critical of his human rights record and tyrannical rule.”