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Political prisoners face forced dispersal as Whole of Nation approach implemented in jails – Karapatan

Karapatan raised objections against an ongoing scheme by the Department of National Defense, through the Bureau of Jail and Management and Penology (BJMP) officials, to disperse political prisoners and transfer them to different detention facilities outside of Metro Manila. Calling the plan “surreptitious and detrimental to the long-term health and well-being of political prisoners,” Karapatan said this is part of the military’s whole-of-nation approach (WONA) in jails.

Karapatan denounces PNP awards for cops involved in arbitrary arrests, raids in Negros

Human rights group Karapatan denounced the Philippine National Police for conferring medals of merit on the 10 cops who simultaneously implemented search warrants that led to the arrest of 57 individuals, including 13 minors in Negros Occidental. Of the 57 arbitrarily arrested on simultaneous operations in Negros last October 31, 2019, seven activists were slapped with trumped-up nonbailable charges and have remained incarcerated.

Rights groups put up symbolic memorial for victims of extrajudicial killings, renew calls for justice

Human rights groups Hustisya and Rise Up for Life and for Rights, along with several other advocacy groups and families of victims of extrajudicial killings, held a gathering for justice on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Ecumenical Center of the National Council of Churches of the Philippines in Quezon City. The gathering is among the opening activities for the December 10 International Human Rights Day coordinated protests.

Surface Honey Mae Suazo, Free Cora Agovida! Hands off women and environmental human rights defenders!

November 29 is designated by women’s groups worldwide as the International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day. It is a day meant to celebrate the contributions of women defenders in advancing women’s rights, as well as commemorate the colorful and courageous lives of WHRDs who were killed in the line of fire. 

Karapatan Negros Oriental coordinator remembered by family and colleagues, 2 years after her killing

November 28, 2019 marks the second year after Karapatan’s Negros Oriental coordinator Elisa Badayos and peasant coordinator Eleuterio Moises were killed while on a factfinding mission in Bayawan, Negros Oriental. 

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