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Karapatan: DFA, DILG regulations on CSOs to further constrict civic spaces in PH

Regulating the funding of non-government and civil society organizations and requiring them to secure clearances from State security forces to participate in dialogues with local government units “would only serve to further constrict the already narrowed civic and democratic spaces we have left in the Philippines and silence civil society voices and dissent,” human rights alliance Karapatan said on Thursday.

Rights groups: UN accountability mechanism needed to end cycle of violence and impunity in PH

This is a joint oral statement delivered by Cecile Gaa on behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Civicus World Alliance for Citizen the Participation, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Human Rights Watch, the Philippines Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, and the International Federation for Human Rights before the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 22 for Item 10 on the General Debate on technical cooperation and capacit

On the recent statement of the Supreme Court on the killings, threats to lawyers and judges

Karapatan welcomes the statement of the Supreme Court en banc on its actions regarding threats and killings of lawyers and judges. Its concern on and taking note of the welfare of judges and lawyers, including those who experienced threats among the lawyers in the petitions questioning the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and the red-tagging of Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio, is an important declaration.

Karapatan urges SC to review, revise rules on issuance of search warrants following Bloody Sunday raids

As the Supreme Court reviews its system of issuing search warrants in an en banc session today, human rights watchdog Karapatan urged that the court should heed the calls to revise the rules on the issuance of such warrants amid what the group described as an “increasingly alarming pattern of killings and arrests of activists, political dissenters, and human rights defenders in the implementation of search warrants” following the killings of nine and arrests of six activists during the Bloody Sunday police raids in Southern Tagalog two weeks ago.

Karapatan: Renalyn Tejero’s arrest is the latest in a spate of attacks vs rights workers

Human rights watchdog Karapatan said that the arrest of its paralegal staff Renalyn Tejero in Cagayan de Oro City is “the latest in a spate of attacks targeting Karapatan and our human rights workers under this fascist regime, where people like her who stand in the defense of people’s rights either face arrests on trumped-up charges, or death.”