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Rights group condemns killing of peasant leader in South, scores AFP's bounty offer for soldiers

Celso Pojas speaking at a rally At the 3rd Saturday gathering of families of victims of human rights violations, the human rights group Karapatan today expressed outrage over the extrajudicial killing of peasant leader Celso Pojas down South.

Pojas was killed by motorcycle-riding gun men in Davao City, a method associated with military death squads implementing Oplan Bantay Laya.

"Clearly, the military have not ceased their policy of extrajudicial killings under Oplan Bantay Laya," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer.

Mothers of human rights violation victims affirm unity against 'terror ma' in Malacañang

Mothers of victims of human rights violations under the Arroyo regime who banded together under the banner of Hustisya! and Desaparecidos today called on the Filipino people to join them "in defending human rights by fighting the terrorist mother that reigns in Malacañang."

They came together to accept the tribute organized for them by human rights group Karapatan for Mother's Day.

Our mothers, our defenders: Rights group offer red roses for mothers of victims on mother's day

Karapatan celebrates mother's day by bringing together mothers whose children have been victims of human rights violations under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Human rights activists joined by children relatives paid tribute to these mothers by offering them red roses as a symbol of solidarity. "We are one with them in the defense of human rights and the fight for justice," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer, a mother herself.

Rights group urged military informants: Testify against masterminds of killings

The human rights group Karapatan urged military informants who bared military covert operations to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, to testify against their superiors who ordered the extrajudicial killings of activists.

Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information said, “We exhort them to walk the path of justice by testifying against those who masterminded the extrajudicial killings of civilians.”

Karapatan says CHR's high rating for Arroyo rights record is retraction of critical stance

The human rights group Karapatan expressed disappointment over the recent statement made by Chairperson Purificacion Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights giving the Arroyo government a high rating on human rights.

Karapatan said that the CHR has previously been exhibiting independence and is saddened that the CHR is now speaking in unison with Mrs. Arroyo's cohorts.

Rights group urges the Philippine Senate to ratify OPCAT now!

KARAPATAN welcomes the news that the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) is being sent by Malacañang to the Senate for ratification.

“For a long time we have been urging the government to ratify the OPCAT as it offers additional remedy to victims of human rights violations; we, therefore, call on the Senate to ratify it as soon as possible,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, secretary general of KARAPATAN.

Arroyo human rights victims protest lies told at UPR

A cruel regime lurks behind the smiling mask of the Arroyo government.‘Living testament to regime's bloody rights record’
Arroyo human rights victims protest lies told at UPR

Victims of human rights violations of the Arroyo regime held its 3rd Saturday gathering today, April 19, 2008 to register their objection to the lies told by the Philippine government during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week.

To dramatize their protest, the organization Hustisya (Victims of Arroyo Regime United for Justice), depicted Mrs. Gloria Arroyo as a dummy, “joker with bloody hands.” They scored the Arroyo government for its stubborn view of protests against the worsening human rights situation in the country as nothing but propaganda.

Arroyo regime can’t hide its gruesome human rights record

Human rights alliance Karapatan, today said that the Philippine government’s report before the United Nations in the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review is but an attempt to hide the Arroyo government’s gruesome human rights record. While the Philippine delegation led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita pulled his act with an out-and-out tale of deception before the UNHRC session, victims of human rights violations and their families in their second monthly gathering for the year expressed disapproval and disgust.

UN called upon to heed victims of terror in its review of Arroyo's rights record

In the observance of the International Women's Month and in their monthly Saturday gathering, women relatives and friends of victims of human rights violations linked arms with other human rights defenders at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, in a bid to call the attention of the United Nations to the human rights record of the Arroyo administration.

Women human rights defenders call for removal of rights violator in Malacañang

Women human rights defenders and relatives of human rights violations victims (HRVVs) belonging to Karapatan, Desaparecidos, Hustisya! today kicked off the commemoration of International Women's Month with renewed calls to remove the sitting president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"A first step towards justice is to drive out the thief and human rights violator in Malacanang. Palayasin ang babaeng lapastangan!" said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan, a leading human rights organization in the Philippines.

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