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Karapatan criticizes AFP’s role in non-release of political prisoners

“President Duterte’s statement on the non-release of political prisoners confirms the active role of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in sabotaging all efforts to derail the peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels. The warmonger AFP is blocking the release of the unjustly detained political prisoners and it has never ceased to deploy its forces to kill, threaten, and harass civilian communities, even during the so-called unilateral ceasefire of the GRP,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on the remarks of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte yesterday in Davao City regarding the termination of the unilateral ceasefire by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).   

Attacks, rights abuses vs people continue during GRP unilateral ceasefire

“Perhaps officials of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) peace panel such as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Processes Chief Jesus Dureza and ranking military officials should first look at their own backyard and ascertain their troops’ own sincerity in advancing the peacetalks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP),” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, a day after the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army declared the termination of its unilateral ceasefire with the GRP, citing violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. 

 

AFP, revival of Philippine Constabulary for war on drugs will result to more rights violations vs Filipino people

“Fully integrating the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) into the already bloody war on drugs will be a chilling amalgamation of the said campaign to the military’s counter-insurgency and anti-people objectives. This will inevitably result to further fascist attacks and human rights violations against the people, including organized communities and movements,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, as National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon announced yesterday the AFP’s plan to assign certain AFP units in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. 

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Karapatan opposes death penalty bill in Congress

“Karapatan strongly denounces attempts to re-impose the death penalty in our deeply flawed criminal justice system. The death penalty is essentially a legislative fiat to the current spate of extrajudicial killings in the country, which will mostly affect the poor who have far less or no access to resources to defend themselves before courts. In the context of a bankrupt and corrupt justice system that favors the moneyed and powerful people, the death penalty will only increase the prevalence of impunity and fascist attacks against the poor,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, as the House of Representatives holds its plenary debates today on House Bill 4727 or the bill imposing the death penalty. 

 

Punish police criminals! Stop impunity!

“We challenge Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa to punish criminals in the police and military,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said, in condemnation of the escalating police brutality against drug suspects and police involvement in organized crimes.

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Duterte should rein in his troops from sabotaging the GRP-NDFP peacetalks

"Pres. Duterte should control his armed forces to stop sabotaging the peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP),” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general said in reaction to the reported armed encounter between the 39th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) and the New People’s Army in Makilala, North Cotabato.

Cycle of exploitation, oppression must end NOW

“It is the lack of genuine economic reforms and Government of the Republic of the Philippines’ (GRP’s) non-adherence to the Comprehensive Agreement of the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which makes political killings against struggling peasants and national minorities rampant in the country,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said, in condemnation over the latest killings of Lumad leader Veronico “Nico” Lapsay Delamente and sugar farmer leader Alexander “Sander” Ceballos.

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GRP should investigate 4,000 human rights complaints against State security forces

Upon signing of GRP-NDFP supplemental guidelines on monitoring committee on human rights, international humanitarian law 

ROME, ITALY - Karapatan welcomed the signing of the Supplemental Guidelines for the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) on the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) today, January 21, 2017, in Rome, Italy during the third round of formal peacetalks between the two Parties.

Karapatan to GRP Peace Panel: Pull out troops in communities, respect and implement CARHRIHL

Rome, Italy - On the second day of the third round of formal peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), human rights group Karapatan, through its Secretary General Cristina Palabay, submitted collated reports on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by State security forces and agents of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) during the period of the GRP unilateral ceasefire from August 21, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

 

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On the 30th year of Mendiola Massacre: Karapatan expresses support to NDFP’s proposals on socio-econ reforms

“Massacres of peasants continue because feudal bondage and the backward agricultural economy remain,” Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Jigs Clamor said today, on the commemoration of the 30th year of the Mendiola massacre. Thirteen (13) farmers were killed by State security forces under the Corazon Aquino administration, during a protest action in 1987.
 
 
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