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Karapatan renews call for UN independent investigation on the Philippines as killings, violations continue

As the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) commences today, human rights alliance Karapatan renewed its call on member and observer States to work towards an independent investigation on the human rights situation in the Philippines, especially in the light of the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor’s (ICC-OTP) request to open an investigation on the Philippines’ drug war and the recently reported killings.

25th massacre under Duterte’s counterinsurgency campaign: Karapatan strongly condemns massacre in Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemned yet another massacre in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, the 25th massacre under the Duterte administration in what the group said is “a testimony of the regime’s hideous legacy of killings that count up to the last year of this regime.”

Karapatan reiterates call to stop the killings, seeks independent investigation on the massacre of three civilians in Masbate

An independent and impartial investigation of the killings of civilians Ailyn Ekit Bulalacao, Ramon Boy Valenzuela Brioso and Antonio Poligrates in Masbate is in order, according to human rights watchdog Karapatan, as it emphasized that the deaths of union leader Nolven Absalon and his cousin Kieth due to a New People’s Army (NPA) operation is “never an excuse for the government security forces to exact retribution by murdering civilians in cold blood.” Karapatan condemned the massacre last Tuesday, June 8, of Bulalacao, Brioso and Poligrates whom the

Karapatan: Death of political prisoner Jesus Alegre a product of State negligence

Human rights group Karapatan said that heads must roll on the recent death of farmer and political prisoner Jesus Alegre, whose plight for freedom has long been part of almost all campaigns for the release of political prisoners.

On ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda’s request to formally investigate Duterte’s crimes against humanity

The announcement of outgoing International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that she is formally requesting an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s sham and bloody war on drugs is a long-awaited step towards justice and accountability. Moreover, it is yet another damning indictment of the Duterte government’s murderous policies that have killed — and continue to kill — thousands of Filipinos with impunity.