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Mass arrest of 9 cultural workers in Negros, indicative of de facto ML in the island

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemned the unlawful arrest of activists and cultural workers at Escalante City, Negros Occidental on September 18, 2019. Nine activists and artists, who were on their way to perform in an activity in time for the 34th commemoration of the 1985 Escalante Massacre, were illegally arrested and charged with trumped-up charges by elements of the police and the army.

Activist Alexandrea Pacalda was subjected to mental torture, forced to surrender – Karapatan

On September 14, 2019, Karapatan received information from its regional chapter in Southern Tagalog that Alexandrea Pacalda, a human rights worker affiliated with the organization, was abducted by six operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in General Luna, South Quezon. She was initially brought to the 85th Infantry Battalion headquarters, and then later to the General Luna police station.

Karapatan on 47th anniversary of martial law: End Duterte’s martial law! Resist dictatorship and attacks on people’s rights!

47 years ago, darkness reigned, but it did not prevail against the force of a united people.

Karapatan assails arrest, trumped-up charges vs former government workers’ union leader Dizon

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried the arrest of Antonietta Setias Dizon, former deputy secretary general of government workers’ union Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), on September 17, 2019 at around 11:50 PM. Contrary to reports, Dizon is not a “top NPA leader”, but is instead a union organizer for several years.

Karapatan: Preposterous Hilongos “mass grave” case used for political persecution

On September 18, 2019, the Hilongos “mass grave” case is set to undergo another hearing where the prosecution is expected to present another witness. Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor has called the recycling of the Hilongos case as a “circus that is kept alive for political persecution.”

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