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Hustisya-Bukidnon responds to malicious accusations against anti-Duterte rallyists

On July 23, 2019 the website of the Philippine News Agency posted an article titled "Army provided food to abandoned, hungry anti-State of the Nation Address (SONA) ral

Karapatan hits recent state-sponsored attacks against human rights defenders

It is with deep rage that we view the state-perpetrated attacks against human rights defenders as a dangerous precedent to crackdown and go after anyone who refuses to cower in fear amidst the social unrest brought out by Duterte’s inhumane policies.   

Karapatan urges DOJ: Dismiss Esperon’s baseless perjury claims against rights defenders

Following the perjury complaint filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. against human rights defenders of Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela, they attended the preliminary investigation set by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Quezon City today, August 1, 2019. 

Karapatan to Esperon: Quit scapegoating

It has come to our attention that National Security Adviser Hemogenes Esperon Jr. has singled out Karapatan as a “legal front” of the Communist Party of the Philippines. This is not the first time that a government official has done so, following the President’s own statement last July 25, 2019 that Karapatan “deserves to be hit.” We have repeatedly expressed the seriousness and the dangers of red-tagging, particularly for human rights workers on the ground. Under this government, 11 human rights workers under Karapatan have already been killed. We are not some legal front, but an alliance of human rights organizations and advocates that have relentlessly continued to expose the crimes and violations of state forces across all administrations.

Anti-fake news bill gives Duterte more power to suppress media, violate free expression — Karapatan

Karapatan opposed a measure which seeks to criminalize the publication and proliferation of false content or “fake news” on the internet, deeming the bill “dangerous” and “hypocritical.” The human rights group warned that allowing the government to define “fake news” would only give the Duterte administration more power to clamp down on media and critical content online.

CA’s denial of NUPL’s amparo and habeas data petitions further endangers lawyers in PH

“The Court of Appeals’ denial of the petitions for writs of amparo and habeas data of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers aggravates the already dangerous situation of lawyers in the Philippines. Along with the court’s denial of a similar petition by human rights and development workers, the CA’s most recent decision speaks of the ineffectivity of domestic mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders and communities,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

Karapatan urges SC to grant petition for review on CA’s dismissal of rights groups’ amparo case

Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela today filed their petition for review at the Supreme Court, after the 14th Division of the Court of Appeals dismissed their petition for the writs of amparo and habeas data.

Protestant bishops, ecumenical group air support for embattled human rights defenders

In their respective statements, the Council of Bishops of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines, led by its General Secretary Bishop Melzar Labuntog and composed of 27 bishops, and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (Ecuvoice) led by Rt. Rev. Rex B. Reyes, Jr., D.D. expressed support for human rights defenders of Karapatan, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and Gabriela. The said organizations have filed petitions for the writs of amparo and habeas data to seek legal protection from killings, threats, harassment and other forms of intimidation. 

Karapatan hits spate of killings in Negros, as 4 victims reported dead in one day

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemns the spate of killings in Negros, now claiming four victims in one day. The killings were done using the same modus operandi – shot by riding-in-tandem and masked gunmen.

Karapatan: No justice, more death and deception as Bato leads senate inquiry on drug war

Rights group Karapatan slammed former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and now Senator Roland "Bato" dela Rosa's recent election as chair of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee in the 18th Congress, saying his chairpersonship would only result in a deceptive and partial investigation on the anti-narcotics campaign, as well as contribute to the climate of impunity and heightening human rights violations.
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