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As Duterte leaves behind a legacy of impunity, people’s struggle for justice will continue under Marcos Jr.

As Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took his oath of office today as the new president of the Philippines, human rights alliance Karapatan vowed to continue the people’s struggle for justice and to hold former president Rodrigo Duterte and the Marcoses for their crimes against the Filipino people.

Karapatan welcomes release of rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas

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Karapatan welcomes the release of our Southern Tagalog human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas after 16 months in prison. Her release was based on a decision by Judge Cesar Benagua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 37 of Calamba City granting her demurrer to evidence and thereby acquitting her of the trumped up charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

SEC order to shut down Rappler, attacks on independent media lay groundwork for digital martial law

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Karapatan denounces arrest of farmers, advocates in Brgy. Tinang

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Karapatan denounces the arrests of at least 93 farmers, peasant rights advocates including human rights workers and artists, and journalists in relation to the activity of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Brgy. Tinang, Concepcion, Tarlac yesterday morning of June 9, 2022.

After Palparan's final conviction: Mothers of disappeared UP students hope more perpetrators be brought to justice

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Karapatan welcomes CA’s affirmation of Palparan’s conviction

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Karapatan welcomes the Court of Appeals First Division decision affirming the conviction of butcher Palparan and cohorts. This recent legal victory affirms the need to pursue justice and accountability through and through — despite threats, harassment, reprisals, and patronage by those in power of these human rights violators.

Karapatan refutes Lorenzana: Duterte admin leaves a legacy of impunity, rights crisis in PH

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Karapatan slams Duterte’s suggestion for Marcos Jr. to continue drug war despite CHR’s damning report on killings

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Human rights alliance Karapatan slammed on Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion for Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to continue the drug war under his administration — days after the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) released its report on the killings in the drug war, which detailed how the Duterte administration has “encouraged a culture of impunity.”

Martial law victims echo call to jail "suddenly healthy" Imelda Marcos over graft conviction

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Former martial law victims under the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) reiterated their call for the Supreme Court to affirm Sandiganbayan’s decision to convict former first lady Imelda Marcos, as her daughter Imee said that she is “suddenly healthy” after her son Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s win in the presidential elections.

On the proclamation of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte

With the proclamation of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte as president and vice president respectively, we can only expect the worst of times for the state of human rights, justice and accountability in the Philippines, as well as the best of times for the struggle and resistance against tyranny, oppression and genuine democracy.

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