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Threats vs rights defenders intensify as military pushes to regulate social media under terror law

“Straight from the horse’s mouth: the military’s proposal to ‘regulate’ social media under the Anti-Terrorism Act clearly isn’t about countering terrorism: they’ll use it to censor dissent and go after legal organizations they have long vilified as ‘terrorists,’” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, as the group slammed Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr., also an official of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), for expressing support for such proposals yesterday,

On Duterte's alleged order not to release information on activist killings to CHR

We are aware that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been conducting investigations on the attacks and killings of human rights defenders based on the complaints filed before their offices and on the testimonies given during their public inquiry in September 2019.

Karapatan on Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement on the killing of activists Zara Alvarez and Randy Echanis

We are revolted at the Duterte administration’s doubletalk. While Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denounced violence against activists, his cohorts in Malacañang including President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict had been on record several times ordering and inciting violence on us. This pervasive and harmful rhetoric has been so publicized that the whole world knows it.

UN rights expert, int’l rights groups express concern on the killing of Zara Alvarez

The international human rights community expressed concern on the killing of Karapatan paralegal and health worker Zara Alvarez, as various organizations in the Philippines and abroad conducted a global day of action today, August 19, against extrajudicial killings in the country. 

State forces complicit in the killing of human rights worker Zara Alvarez — Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan asserted that State forces are “complicit, if not directly behind” the killing of human rights and health worker Zara Alvarez, as Karapatan joined other human rights advocates, progressive formations, and civil libertarians in today’s Global Day of Action for Justice today at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani to condemn the killings of Alvarez, peace advocate and land defender Randall Echanis, Louie Tagapia, and all cases of extrajudicial killings.