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UN Human Rights Committee finds RP government guilty of rights violations on the Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy case

The UN Human Rights Committee, the UN treaty body monitoring the States parties' compliance to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), has found the Philippine government guilty of violating primarily the right to life of human rights defenders Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy. The Committee's Views were put out on October 30, 2008 in its 94th session held in the UN in Geneva.

Desperate Arroyo administration resume persecution of human rights defenders through renewed legal offensives

The human rights alliance Karapatan is outraged by the recent legal offensive of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration against the legal democratic organizations particularly in Southern Tagalog, including two of its officials namely Karapatan-Southern Tagalog Secretary General Doris Cuario and Karapatan-Batangas Coordinator Dina Capetillo among those falsely accused.

Human bones found in site where farmer was burned by soldiers

Anthropologists today (October 14, 2008) found pieces of burnt human bones in the vicinity of the former detachment of the 24th IBPA (Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army) in Brgy. Bliss, Limay, Bataan.

The bones where found at the site where witness-survivor Raymond Manalo said he saw farmer Manuel Merino being burned by soldiers sometime in June 2007.

Escaped Desaparecido guides fact-finding team to former army camp


CHR Chairperson Leila de Lima inspects the excavation site with Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez on October 13, 2008 at the former 24th IBPA detachment in Brgy. Bliss Limay, Bataan

CHR Chairperson Leila de Lima inspects the excavation site with Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez on October 13, 2008 at the former 24th IBPA detachment in Brgy. Bliss Limay, Bataan.


A week after the Supreme Court upheld a Court of Appeals (CA) decision granting the
privilege of the writ of amparo to the two survivor-witnesses Manalo brothers, one of them
leads a fact-finding mission team to the former 24th Infantry Battalion detachment where he
witnessed several extrajudicial killings committed by the military.

No less than GMA and Yano must ensure AFP's compliance to the CA order to release Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeño & Manuel Merino

CA order to release Karen, Sherlyn and ManuelThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should make haste to comply with the Court of Appeals (CA) order.  They MUST immediately release UP students Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeño and farmer Manuel Merino, who were abducted and kept missing more than two years ago.

When the CA accepted the testimony of witness Raymond Manalo, it has affirmed all our allegations that indeed IT IS the military that have caused the enforced disappearance of the three and that the camps are being used as safe houses and torture places.

Rights victims of Marcos and victims of Arroyo vow “Never Again to Martial Law! Assert and defend our rights!”

On the eve of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, victims of the Marcos dictatorship and victims of human rights violations under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remind the nation that we must say never again to martial law!  There is a new dictator and kleptocrat in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her cohorts under an undeclared martial law.  And like the hated dictator Marcos, she must be made to answer for her transgressions on the rights of the Filipino people.

Junked Lozada petition for amparo is another shameful CA ruling - KARAPATAN

Jun LozadaThe redoubtable Court of Appeals has done it again – dismissing another amparo petition which in effect condones impunity, says the human rights umbrella Karapatan.

"The dismissal of the petition for the writ of amparo for NBN-ZTE star witness Jun Lozada is unjust," said Ruth Cervantes, Public Information Officer of Karapatan.

"What made it despicable is the CA justices' glaring omission of the fact that the threat on Mr. Lozada's life stems from the other fact that he is a thorn on the side of this corrupt government," said Cervantes.
Karapatan reiterated that Mr. Lozada is not merely a victim of kidnapping. His case falls into what the United Nations refers to as an enforced disappearance, "the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law."

Raymond Manalo Criminal Case vs Palparan

Raymond Manalo signs copies of complaints hours before filing them at the Ombudsman and the Quezon City Regional Trial Court hours on September 12, 2008Determined to obtain justice
Survivor of enforced disappearance files criminal case vs. perpetrators

After escaping from his military abductors, having been granted protection under the writ of amparo and all the more encouraged by two positive developments in human rights cases, namely the release of the Tagaytay 5 on August 28, 2008 and Pastor Berlin Guerrero yesterday, a survivor of military atrocity will take his chance at obtaining justice.

Raymond Manalo, who escaped his military captors after more than a year of torment, is fighting back by filing administrative, civil and criminal charges against soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In the face of escalating conflict, rights group calls on the Parties to stop the hostilities

Rights group reiterates call on the Parties in conflict to ensure the safety of civilians at all times; stop the hostilities and resolve issues on the negotiating table

KARAPATAN reiterates the call it earlier made to both Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  and the Government to abide by their obligations to uphold human rights and protect the lives of civilians at all times.

Karapatan says CA decision "anti-victim," won't help find Jonas

The human rights group Karapatan scored the Court of Appeals for its 'cowardly decision' on the petition for the writ of habeas corpus and writ of amparo petitions of Mrs. Edith Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos.
"CA justices are trying to be on the safe side at the expense of the life of Jonas, their dismissal of the case won't help find him," said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan Secretary General.

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