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Karapatan slams Año appointment as NSA

“The appointment of retired general Eduardo Año, whose military and government service record screams of a brutal record of human rights violations across administrations, is akin to a death sentence to many Filipinos,” said rights group Karapatan, as it slammed the appointment of Año as national security adviser, replacing Prof. Clarita Carlos.

“We deplore his appointment, as we cry for justice for thousands of victims killed, massacred, abducted and disappeared, and communities terrorized by state security forces under Año’s command,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

“Throughout key positions in the military and government, Año carried with him the brutal mindset of a militarist and mercenary aimed at annihilating government critics, activists, and alleged dissenters,” she added.

Ailing political prisoner is victim of false arrest, planted evidence

Human rights alliance Karapatan slammed the continued detention of an ailing political prisoner who was illegally arrested on the basis of a warrant that does not contain his name, planted pieces of evidence and the perjured testimonies of police officers.

Fifty-seven year old trade unionist Ernesto Jude C. Rimando Jr. was arrested at his rented apartment in Brgy. Payatas, Quezon City on January 6, 2021 by six armed men in plainclothes who used a warrant in the name of “Allan Morales.” “Rimando,” said Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay, “is a researcher for the Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo. He had been renting his apartment for a year and was in Manila to seek treatment for sepsis and liver cirrhosis, both life-threatening ailments.”

Karapatan to CHR: Probe allegations on abductions, IHL violations vs pregnant NPA fighters

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Commission on Human Rights, especially in its capacity as the Gender and Development Ombud mandated by the Magna Carta of Women, to thoroughly investigate allegations of abductions of and violations on International Humanitarian Law against two pregnant New People’s Army fighters allegedly being held in custody by the military.

Under Republic Act No. 9710 or the Philippine Magna Carta of Women, protection for the rights of women victims in the course of the armed conflict is afforded, in accordance to Geneva Convention and additional protocols or international humanitarian law. The Commission is also enjoined to investigate possible violations of Republic Act No. 10353 or the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act and Republic Act No. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law, among other laws on the protection of human rights, in relation to the said cases.

Karapatan slams BBM’s latest DND, CIDG appointees

Human rights alliance Karapatan deplored the Marcos Jr. government’s latest appointments for secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND) and chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG of the Philippine National Police, saying their sordid records bode ill for the future of human rights in the country.

Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said “appointing PNP Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr. as CIDG director and Carlito Galvez as DND secretary is like unleashing a double whammy against the Filipino people.”

Dismissal of perjury case a victory of truth and justice, against lies and enemies of the people - Karapatan

Karapatan welcomes the dismissal of the perjury case against the national officers and human rights defenders of Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela.

This is a victory of truth and justice, against lies and enemies of the people who instigated this form of judicial harassment against us, after our efforts to seek legal protection from threats and attacks.

We thank our fellow human rights defenders, families and loved ones, friends, and communities, individuals and organizations who have supported us throughout the more than three years since this case ran.