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Two years after formation of gov’t body filing charges vs activists, Karapatan calls for its abolition

"Under the Duterte government, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of activists and government critics charged with trumped-up cases and subjected to illegal arrests. This is a systematic maneuver meant to silence those voicing out legitimate issues and the poor’s interests. Since October 2017, the machinery tasked with case build-up for the filing of trumped-up charges has been the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA), alongside the devious machinations under the National Task Force (NTF) to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the implementation of counterinsurgency Oplan Kapanatagan,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General said.

Duterte-Marcos alliance continues to rehabilitate the Marcoses – Karapatan

“There is a duplicitous and sly plan in motion to continue the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses. Starting from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ undeserved burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2017, up to the refusal of this government to jail convicted criminal Imelda Marcos and the congenial accommodation for Bongbong Marcos’ ongoing electoral protest, the Duterte regime is the gift that keeps on giving. This special treatment is reserved for Marcos Jr. who, if successful in acceding as Vice President after some serious hocus pocus, will provide protection for Duterte and his allies once the latter steps down,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor.

Karapatan slams surveillance, threats on Chairperson, human rights workers

Karapatan decries the recent cases of surveillance and threats against its human rights workers in “what clearly appears to be systematic and organized effort to attack, intimidate, and vilify human rights defenders and our work of documenting and reporting rights violations.”
“The government has called Karapatan and its human rights workers many names—demons, terrorists, enemies of the state — putting our lives and security at risk, but never did we once

Karapatan hits death threats directed against rights defenders in Negros Occidental

Human rights alliance Karapatan raises the alarm on the series of threats by suspected State forces to intimidate rights workers and activists defending people’s rights in Negros Occidental.

Karapatan assails arrest of former Southern Tagalog SecGen, 6 other rights workers in Palawan

Rights group Karapatan condemns in strongest terms the illegal and warrantless arrest of human rights workers in Palawan in what is the latest in the Duterte regime’s series of crackdown on rights defenders, activists, and

As former top cops reveal Albayalde’s involvement in ‘ninja cops’ case, Karapatan hits Duterte’s drug war anew

Human rights group Karapatan reiterates its condemnation against Duterte’s sham war on drugs as recent revelations of former top police officials reveal that no less than the President’s current Philippine National Police (PNP) chief has intervened in the case involving the Pampanga ‘ninja cops,’ who were ordered to be dismissed for allegedly recycling illegal drugs that were seized from anti-drug operations.

As Esperon’s reprisal perjury case nears resolution, Karapatan calls for its dismissal

On October 3, 2019, Karapatan, Gabriela, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) are set to file a rejoinder to the prosecutor’s office, with regard to allegations made by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. This will be the last process before the trumped-up perjury case filed by Esperon will be submitted for resolution before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

Karapatan hits killing of two abaca farmers mistaken as NPA members

Human rights group Karapatan vehemently assails the murder of two abaca farmers in Catanduanes who, according to their village official, were mistaken as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in an alleged encounter.

Karapatan welcomes UN SecGen report on reprisals, hits PH govt’s worn-out denials

Karapatan welcomed the report of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres which was presented to the 42nd UN Human Rights Council by UN Assistant Secretary General Andrew Gilmour on reprisals experienced by human rights defenders and civil society organizations a

Army humiliated by an unyielding Alexandrea Pacalda, continues to illegaly detain her and threatens to file trumped-up charges

"After maliciously releasing a so-called signed certification and affidavit of surrender by Alexandrea Pacalda, the Philippine Army and police were humiliated when the victim publicly recanted and revealed how she was coerced. The articles from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and the many troll accounts by state forces were likewise put to shame by an unyielding activist. Pacalda remains in military custody for nine days now.
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