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Rights group scores Duterte gov’t on worsening attacks vs rights defenders in PH

As the world marks the anniversary of the 1998 adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders today, December 9, 2020, Karapatan scored the Duterte administration “over the worsening attacks against movements, groups and individuals fighting for people’s rights and freedoms, with the rising tide of state terror in the Philippines.”

Two days before International Human Rights Day, Duterte ramps up attacks on human rights —Karapatan

Two days before the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, human rights alliance Karapatan said that the “pronouncements from high government officials, led by none other than the fascist-in-chief President Rodrigo Duterte himself, lay bare their dangerous rhetoric that exhibits their willful mangling of what human and people’s rights in the country means.”

On the Duterte admin’s human rights summit

The irony of this so-called Human Rights Summit is not lost on human rights advocates, victims of human rights violations and the general public.

Karapatan slams Sinas order for police to hit quarantine violators with rattan sticks

Employing physical violence in enforcing quarantine protocols is “not only utterly ineffective in curbing the pandemic but ultimately dangerous,” human rights watchdog Karapatan said on Sunday as the group assailed Philippine National Police (PNP) Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas’s proposal to use “yantok” or rattan sticks to hit violators of physical distancing measures for the holiday season.

Karapatan hits Sinas for police operations resulting in killings of Topacio, Magpantay, arrest of Amanda Echanis

Human rights group Karapatan criticized Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas for his recent statements regarding police actions during their operations that has led to the killing of Eugenia Magpantay and Agaton Topacio, both consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines last week, November 25, and the arrest of woman peasant organizer Amanda Echanis on December 2. Amanda, 32, daughter of slain activist Randy Echanis and a mother to a month-old child, was illegally arrested in Cagayan.