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Lifting martial law in Mindanao is no justification for proposed amendments to the anti-terror law - Karapatan

"A new narrative is peddled by top militarists in Duterte's Cabinet. They are now supporting the lifting of martial law in Mindanao, but there's a catch -- it ought to facilitate the passing of the amendments to the anti-terror law or Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007. Having benefited from it after two years, the government is now using the lifting of martial law as a bait to pass a nationwide policy that will practically place the entire country under de facto martial law.

Karapatan questions continued illegal detention of Panday Sining activists, lambasts Año for inciting attacks against the youth

"Suddenly, with avid attention and desperation from government officials, it seems that vandalism has become the worst crime in the world. So unforgivable that the youth who write scribbles of protests and criticisms through this form are criminalized akin to those who have committed heinous crimes.

Reprisal perjury charge against Karapatan and Gabriela dismissed, but QC court continued to lodge said case vs. 80-year old nun

"National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. is behind this political persecution against rights groups. Knowing he has no case against Karapatan, Gabriela, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), he has instead settled with targeting a single individual -- 80 year-old Sister Elenita Belardo. We are with Sr. Elen throughout this result, and will continue to strongly assert that this trumped-up case is a form of reprisal against RMP's advocacy. Sr.

Karapatan: Close to 400 political prisoners arrested under the Duterte regime

Today, December 6, human rights group Karapatan and Kapatid, along with other people’s organizations, trooped to the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to call for the release of all political prisoners.

As Duterte appoints Justice Mario Lopez, Karapatan wary over declining judicial independence, weaponization of law

As President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Mario Lopez to the Supreme Court (SC), human rights group Karapatan expresses its deep concern over the declining independence of the judiciary that might equate to greater complicity over attacks against government critics and human rights activists.
 

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