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Karapatan recommends filing of charges vs cops, soldiers in Negros 14 killings, arrests

In a press conference in Quezon City, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay called for the indictment and prosecution of police and military operatives responsible for the killings, frustrated killings, illegal arrest and detention, and other criminal acts committed in the course of their implementation of the local synchronized enhanced management of police operations (SEMPO) on March 30, 2019. 
 

Rights group welcomes Supreme Court order to release drug war documents

On April 2, 2019, the Supreme Court ordered the government to release documents on the thousands of death under the Duterte administration’s anti-narcotics campaign. Human rights and media groups have estimated that more than 20,000 Filipinos have been killed under Duterte’s drug war campaign. Per information from the Philippine National Police (PNP), they claimed some 5,000 deaths as a result of “legitimate” police operations in line with the war on drugs. The rest of the cases are considered deaths under investigation.

Anakpawis member forcibly disappeared in Central Luzon; Lumads evacuate in Caraga as counterinsurgency operations escalate

“As the nation is confronted by the mass killing of 14 farmers in Negros, there was no let-up in the human rights violations committed by security forces elsewhere in the country. We continue to receive reports of disappearances, killings, and forced evacuations due to bombings and military operations. This is indicative that the government is not done plunging the country into an even grimmer period marked with incessant human rights violations and glaring impunity,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan on Duterte's threat to suspend the writ of habeas corpus

The bully has once again spoken. In the face of glaring failures in his flagship fascist policies, allegations on the complicity of the government in the illegal drug trade, exposed onerous deals with China and embarrassing handling of the West Philippine Sea issue, and escalating human rights violations, Duterte has once again used his foul mouth to curse out one of his convenient targets -- his critics. 

Karapatan files complaints on Duterte government’s smear campaign vs rights defenders to UN independent experts

On April 5, 2019, Karapatan filed letters of allegation to United Nations Special Rapporteurs over cases of threat, harassment and intimidation, particularly the red-tagging and terrorist-labelling of organizations, in line with the Duterte government’s counterinsurgency program.

Kin of victims assert those killed were farmers, call for an immediate and independent investigation on the mass killing of 14

“The mass killing of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019 is another graphic reminder that state security forces are themselves the perpetrators of the worst atrocities, which often target the poor, marginalized, and the defenseless. Three years ago today, on April 1, 2016, another carnage involving farmers in Kidapawan were perpetrated by the police, using the same set of twisted justifications to evade accountability that the police and military are using now. We reiterate our call for an independent investigation on the incident, knowing fully well that the AFP and the PNP are not the proponents of honesty, but rather of impunity. We support the investigation to be started by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on the said incident,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on the mass killings in three separate towns in Negros Oriental. 

Karapatan welcomes any query regarding the malicious innuendos of the PH gov’t

Karapatan has always been open to the impartial and participative audit of the European Union, including the Belgian government. We, as rights-holders and human rights defenders, are receptive to such queries, in the spirit of meaningful dialogue, transparency and accountability. We are confident with what we are, and we are ready to face any question on our work, that is in accordance to international and local human rights standards. 

At least ten peasants reported killed in a day as police operations plague Negros Oriental

Karapatan vehemently condemns the series of killings by the Philippine National Police in different parts of Negros today, March 30, 2019. According to initial reports, separate incidents of killings of at least ten peasants simultaneously occurred in Canlaon City and Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental. In Canlaon City, eight residents were reportedly killed by elements of the Philippine National Police. In Sta. Catalina town, at least two peasant leaders were killed in similar operations.

Karapatan challenges gov’t anew: Do not block UN and ICC efforts to investigate PH

“Amid the false and malicious accusations hurled against organizations like Karapatan, we have been openly addressing these issues as we ask for dialogues with the European Union and other governments to directly talk to us. We are confident that these red-tagging schemes, taken to the international arena by a government who wishes to discredit us, will be sufficiently refuted by years of our human rights advocacy for marginalized communities. We echo the same challenge to the Duterte government and its rabid gang of militarists: If indeed human rights organizations are merely spouting lies to defame the government, then do not block efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and United Nations Independent Experts to investigate these human rights violations that we have reported and exposed,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan on the rearrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa

Karapatan is one with journalists and media workers in decrying the vivid violations on the people’s right to information and freedom of expression, as exemplified by the cyber-attacks against websites of alternative media organizations and the rearrest of Rappler’s Maria Ressa on politically-motivated charges. 
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