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Karapatan urges DOJ to recommend veto of terror bill

The Department of Justice (DOJ) should uphold people’s rights by recommending the veto of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, human rights watchdog Karapatan strongly urged, as the DOJ reviews the proposed measure. In a letter addressed to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said that the Anti-Terrorism Bill “will inevitably and ultimately infringe on the people’s exercise of basic rights and fundamental freedoms.”

On the guilty verdict vs Maria Ressa and Rey Santos Jr

The conviction of Rappler’s Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. on cyber-libel charges has dire implications on the state of press freedom and the people’s right to information and freedom of expression in the Philippines. 

Threat of arrests vs ‘mañanita’ protesters a mockery of “Independence Day”

All systems go for today’s “Grand Mañanita” Independence Day protests against the Anti-Terrorism Bill, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, despite threats of arrests and dispersals from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) — which the group slammed as “a blatant affront to our rights and civil liberties, if not an outright hypocritical mockery of Independence Day itself.”

Desaparecidos: Under Duterte regime, culture of impunity favors the butcher even in jail

Desaparecidos laments the Court’s decision to deny the motion to transfer the convicted butcher Jovito Palparan from the Directorate for Reception and Diagnostics or DRD to the maximum security cell in the National Penitentiary.  “Under the Duterte regime

Karapatan reiterates call to junk terror bill amid another arrest of an activist

Twenty lawmakers reportedly withdrew their "yes" votes on the Anti-Terrorism Bill. This is a big and unprecedented number. There is a visible and growing clamor to junk the Anti-Terrorism Bill, and yet the rubber stamp Congress has now sneakily transmitted the bill to Malacañang yesterday, June 9, serving it on a bloody silver platter, just awaiting the president’s signature.