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Karapatan demands justice for Filipino migrant worker Mary Jean Alberto

Human rights group Karapatan joins the family of Mary Jean Alberto in calling for justice amid her cruel ordeal and death. Mary Jean is a Filipino migrant worker in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates who was reportedly killed by her Moroccan employer last October 2, 2019. Karapatan extends its condolences to the victim’s family.

Karapatan hits Albayalde, PNP amid ‘ninja cops’ issue: ‘Resignation does not absolve you from your crimes’

As Oscar Albayalde relinquished his post as the chief of the Philippine National Police, human rights group Karapatan strongly reminds authorities that his resignation should not be used as an absolution from the alleged crimes he has committed, including his supposed involvement in a ‘drug-recycling’ scheme initiated by the institution’s ‘ninja cops.’ This is notwithstanding the corruption and human rights violations committed by the police under his leadership, particularly under the sham war on drugs.

Karapatan: Duterte’s attacks on activists intensify as cases of illegal arrests and torture pile up

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemns the Duterte regime’s continuing attacks directed against rights activists as illegal arrests and various human rights violations have intensified in the string of the government’s relentless crackdown.

“Since October started, at least 13 human rights defenders were illegally arrested and charged with trumped-up charges. There is an orchestrated attempt, led by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), to criminalize and delegitimize the work of human rights defenders. The NTF, since its inception in December 2018, has incessantly targeted human rights defenders, and have blurred the distinction between armed combatants and civilians. To the eyes of these bloodthirsty beasts and ruthless criminals, human rights defense is a crime. As a State policy, this has severe implications on the ground as human rights workers continue to be subjected to a wide range of human rights violations, particularly killings, illegal arrests, torture, and harassment,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General said.

Karapatan condemns arrest warrant vs. former political prisoner and peasant activist Angie Ipong

Human rights group Karapatan strongly denounced the warrant of arrest issued against former political prisoner and peasant activist Angelina Bisuña Ipong and several others for a trumped-up murder case. The warrant was issued by acting executive judge Lou A. Nueva of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Suron June 6, 2018.

Cyberlibel charge vs. satire sites display government desperation to curtail free speech – Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed grave concern over the cyberlibel charge filed by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Pircelyn Pialago against satirical social media pages Barurot News and Pinoy Laugh Page in what is clearly “a display of the government’s increasing desperation to silence any form of criticism and its continuing attacks on the basic right to freedom of expression.”

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