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Rights groups file complaint at CHR vs surveillance, threats

Human rights alliance Karapatan, together with environmental and indigenous peoples’ groups, trooped to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to file a complaint on recent cases of state-perpetrated attacks, threats, and acts of reprisals against human rights defenders and their organizations.
“We strongly decry these efforts to harass human rights workers and to undermine our work.

Injustice, killings, government neglect of agriculture mark this year’s Peasant Month – Karapatan

“We commemorate peasant month with a firm  recognition for all the peasant leaders who were killed by the Duterte government for upholding the call for genuine agrarian reform. We honor the lives of peasant organizers and peasant leaders who stood strong amid State fascism and militarization in their communities. Our farmers are among the most neglected and marginalized sector in the country. Their resistance to governments who continue to perpetuate injustice and violations is justified and necessary. We echo their call for justice, food sovereignty and genuine agrarian reform,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Rights group decries attacks, crackdown on teacher-unionists and Lumad volunteer teachers

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemns in the strongest terms the consecutive attacks against members of progressive teachers’ union Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in what appears to be targeted and organized efforts to crack down, intimidate, even kill its members.

Karapatan: Duterte’s “kill” order to Espenido is a directive to murder more Filipinos

Human rights group Karapatan strongly denounces the recent orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to Police Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, the former chief of police of Albuera, Leyte and Ozamiz City where two mayors were killed in police operations, to feel “free to kill everybody.”
In a speech last Thursday night, Duterte further said he sent Espenido to Bacolod, which he referred to as a city “badly hit” by illegal drugs.

Karapatan assails latest killing of former journalist and village councilor in Eastern Visayas

"Two more civilians were killed in Eastern Visayas - one a former journalist and another a village councilor by riding-in-tandem gunmen. The use of riding-in-tandem gunmen was a rampant modus operandi under then-President Gloria Arroyo's brand of State terrorism. This is done to mask the perpetrators and  conveniently refute any link that the attacks were State-perpetrated.

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