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HR Day marked with the Aquino govt's withdrawal of charges vs the Morong 43 as “fruit of the just struggle for human rights"

COMMEMORATING International Human Rights Day in the Philippines, KARAPATAN and other human rights defenders assembled at the Welcome Rotunda in QC and formed a human chain of thousands along the entire stretch of Espana St. in Manila at noon today before marching towards Mendiola.

In Malacanang, Pres. Aquino ordered the Justice Department to withdraw the information against the detained Morong 43 health workers.


On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, we commend the Filipino people’s militant struggle for freedom and democracy and their international solidarity for defending and asserting human rights. This struggle has become more important and necessary with the worsening human rights violations and continuing impunity under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Karapatan to Pnoy: Stop retaliatory tactics against the Morong 43 on hunger strike!

The national human rights alliance Karapatan today called on the attention of the Philippine government authorities to stop the retaliatory tactics against the hunger strike staged by the Morong 43 political prisoners in the Camp Bagong Diwa detention center. 

“Nothing has changed under Aquino” -- Karapatan

THE NATIONAL human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, presented to the public its 2010 Human Rights Report saying that the violation of civil and political rights is “getting worse” and that “nothing has changed” in the rights situation under President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

“From the 18 killed in the last six months of Macapagal-Arroyo, there were already 20 victims of extra-judicial killings in the first four months of Pres. Noynoy Aquino,” KARAPATAN Chairperson  Marie Hilao-Enriquez said.  “Contrary to his promised change and daang matuwid (straight or righteous path), PNoy not only did not pursue justice for the victims, he is adding more victims to the already long list.  His promised ‘cases of extrajudicial killings need to be solved, not just identify the perpetrators but have them captured and sent to jail’ statement has fast become an empty forgotten promise as killings continue without let up.  In fact, perpetrators have become more atrocious and impunity is worsening,” a distraught Enriquez bewailed.

The report covered documented data up to the end of October this year.

"PNoy's designation of Col. Domingo Tutaan, Jr. as the new chief of the military's so-called Human Rights Office is an alarming message that no essential change will take place in the character of a repressive state," Enriquez added. “For a start, we ask how can Col. or soon to be BGen. Tutaan investigate his brother Lt. Col. Federico Tutaan in his unit’s involvement on the killing of the renowned botanist Leonard Co, and his companions?  This early,   the officer is already denying that they made an error in mistakenly identifying Co’s party as rebels and washing off his hands of culpability, ” Enriquez quipped.

Citizen-based fact-finding mission off to probe botanist's death

An independent citizen-based fact-finding mission, endorsed by the family of the country's top botanist, the late Leonardo Co, and led by the Justice for Leonardo Co Movement, sets off for Kananga, Leyte, today to probe the real cause and circumstances of the death of the renowned scientist and his two companions.