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At the CHR public hearing, Karapatan exposes trends on attacks vs human rights defenders in PH

Karapatan is set to participate in a public inquiry initiated by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). CHR opened the session today, September 9, 2019, until September 13. In the said inquiry, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and victims and kin of human rights violations will raise issues concerning widespread violations perpetrated against various sectors.

Inopacan’s alleged mass grave a recycled, preposterous story - Karapatan

“Mass graves were the great inventions of the military during the tutelage of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG). The said formation was famed for masterminding the filing of trumped-up charges against activists and critics.

Karapatan calls on PH Senate to pass SOGIE Equality Bill

Human rights alliance Karapatan joins the call of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) community in strongly urging the Senate to pass the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill, which seeks to assert the rights of the LGBTQI+ community and protect all individuals from discrimination on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity.

Rights groups troop to DOJ Quezon City, face NSA Esperon’s perjury charges

“This perjury case is an act of reprisal. National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon Jr. jumps at every opportunity to malign and harass human rights defenders, even using the most minute and ridiculous of charges. He will now have to stretch the flimsy accusations that he has hurled against Karapatan, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela.

Palparan is a desperate charlatan dishing out disinformation

“The convicted butcher Jovito Palparan Jr. is a charlatan. He and Mocha Uson together are disreputable – the former a convicted criminal and the latter an immaterial fanatic who wants to make a comeback into her master’s good graces. The result of that interview is an explosion of hogwash that is easily disputed by evidence already presented in courts. Ang kapal ng mukha ni Palparan na sabihing turo-turo ang paratang sa kanya. His victims are still missing because of his false claims.

Karapatan condemns trumped-up charges vs peace consultant Suaybaguio, decries political persecution and planting of evidence

Karapatan strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of another peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on August 26, 2019, at around 2am. Peace consultant Esterlita Suaybaguio, 59, was abducted in her residence in Quezon City by police and military operatives, and was brought to Camp Caringal where she was interrogated. She is undergoing inquest proceedings on trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Pambobomba sa Bikol, mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan

Mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan ang nangyaring pambobomba at walang habas na pamamaril ng mga elemento ng Philippine Air Force sa Brgy. Lidong, Caramoan, Camarines Sur noong Agosto 13, 2019.

Karapatan hits gov’t for continuing attacks vs. IP communities

As the number of Lumad leaders killed in Bukidnon rises, human rights alliance Karapatan vehemently assails the brazen and continuing attacks initiated by the government against indigenous communities.

Karapatan blasts interview of convicted butcher Palparan inside NBP

Human rights alliance Karapatan learned on August 22, 2019 that retired major general Jovito Palparan, Jr., who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of activists and University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, was interviewed by Mocha Uson, former assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Trafficking and child abuse charges vs youth leaders, Colmenares over “missing activists,” a clear case of state harassment

"The youth are shaming Duterte and this administration with their determination, bold voices, and courage to fight for their principles.
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