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On the William D. Zabel Human Rights Award for Karapatan

The William D. Zabel Human Rights Award has been presented annually for more than three decades to fellow courageous activists in the frontlines of the struggle for freedom and human rights, and Karapatan is more than honored to be presented with this award today in this very challenging year for human rights defenders not only in the Philippines but also throughout the world.

Karapatan: No justice for rights abuses as police killings continue, Duterte blocks access to drug war records

Opening a few cases of killings in police anti-drug operations to investigation would not lead to accountability if police killings and abuses continue without letup, human rights watchdog Karapatan averred on Tuesday, as the group slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to block access to records of police killings in the drug war as a “clear and undeniable pronouncement that this government openly encourages impunity — and that is not intent on pursuing any form of justice for the victims of State violence and human rights abuses.”

Karapatan: Stop Israeli apartheid against Palestinians! Free all political prisoners now!

Karapatan together with human rights defenders in the Philippines stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine in condemning the Israeli government’s continued attacks, repression, and other human rights violations and war crimes against Palestinians, their families, and their communities in occupied territories in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and in Gaza.

Karapatan calls for independent investigation on the killing of former priest, peace consultant and aide

An independent investigation must be conducted into the killings of former Roman Catholic priest Rustico Tan in Cebu and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Reynaldo Bocala and his aide Welly Arguelles Epago in Iloilo, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, following reports from alternative media outfits Panay Today and Aninaw Productions and other local stations regarding their killings last night, May 28.

No justice for drug war victims with reimposition of death penalty, other amendments to Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act

Investigation on cases of killings in police anti-drug operations should have been done long ago if the Philippine National Police (PNP) is genuinely committed to accountability among its ranks, human rights watchdog Karapatan averred, as the group said that “justice for drug war victims under this regime still seems dim when the killings and police abuses continue — and especially with the proposals to reinstate death penalty through the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.”