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Karapatan honors Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina, a fearless human rights champion

“[We should] defend [our rights], or else we are bound to lose them.”

This was one of Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina’s messages that manifested his determination in fighting for people’s rights and civil liberties. In the midst of the calls to reject the government’s “terror law” last year, he was asked this question: “What does freedom mean to you?”

HRVs rise in regions with most dev’t fund from DILG, NTF-ELCAC

Human rights group Karapatan hit the government’s use of public funds in its desperate bid to attack activists across the country, noting that in regions where most funds from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-ELCAC) Barangay Development Program (BDP) were allocated, reported violations of people’s rights also increased.

Rights group backs motion to dismiss cases against detained rights defender in Laguna

The cases against 61-year-old human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas are based on “utter fabrications, blatant lies, and planted evidence,” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, as the group backed their detained paralegal’s motion to dismiss the cases filed against her following her arrest during the Bloody Sunday raids throughout the Southern Tagalog region last March 7, which led to the killings of nine activists and the arrests of three others.

Karapatan urges CHR to withhold clearance for Parlade’s retirement

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should withhold clearances for the retirement of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., human rights alliance Karapatan urged, as the group cited that Parlade is currently “facing criminal and administrative complaints at the Office of the Ombudsman” for engaging in red-tagging during his stint as a spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and as a commanding general of the Armed Force of the Philippines’ Southern Luzon Command.

Karapatan: Compassionate release still the best option for cancer-stricken political prisoner

Human rights group Karapatan asserted that “compassionate release is still the best option” for 66-year-old cancer-stricken political prisoner Antonio Molina, who was sent to the hospital yesterday, July 7, after the Palawan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 51 approved his request for a five-day medical confinement.