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Karapatan on the statements of Esperon, Badoy and Uson regarding the group’s complaint recently filed at the Ombudsman

It would do well for former General Esperon, Undersecretary Badoy and Undersecretary Uson to read well the complaint that we filed at the Ombudsman yesterday because what we filed are very serious charges on their crimes against humanity, their graft and corrupt practices as public officers in their incitement of undue injury to Karapatan, and their slanderous and defamatory acts against our organization.

Please read what is there and do not read what is not there.

Karapatan files complaint against gov’t officials engaged in red-tagging

On December 4, 2020, days after the last Senate committee hearing on red-tagging, Karapatan filed criminal and administrative charges against the ranking officials of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and former PCOO Undersecretary Mocha Uson. The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) serves as Karapatan’s counsel in this case.

After two years of red-tagging, lies, and rights violations, NTF-ELCAC should be defunded and abolished — Karapatan

At a protest action outside the Department of Interior and Local Government office in Quezon City, human rights alliance Karapatan called for the defunding and abolition of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) which, the group said, “has only ramped-up the Duterte administration’s campaign of lies, red-tagging, and mass murder” against progressive groups, human rights advocates, civil libertarians, and members of the political opposition ever since it was established when President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive

Free Amanda Echanis and her baby, free all political prisoners!

Karapatan denounces the recent arrest of 32-year old Amanda Echanis, a woman peasant organizer of Amihan, a federation of women peasants, in Cagayan and the planting of evidence against her. Amanda was reportedly arrested in the course of the service of search warrants in Brgy. Carupian, Baggao, Cagayan at dawn on December 2, 2020 by elements of the Philippine National Police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. She is presently detained at Camp Marcelo Adduro in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

On the Senate Committee hearing on red-tagging

It is disappointing that a great part of the Senate Committee on National Defense hearing on red-tagging was used as a platform for double victimization, including victim-blaming, of those whose lives, liberty and security have been put at extreme risk because of the policy and practice of red-tagging.