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Karapatan: Arrested Lumad activists in QC are not communist rebels

Lumad activists Julieta Gomez and Niezel Velasco, who were arrested in Quezon City last Friday, July 16, are not communist rebels but leaders of indigenous and humanitarian organizations, human rights alliance Karapatan asserted today, as the group assailed the arrest of the Gomez and Velasco as a “brazen attempt to hinder them from conducting their advocacy work and to vilify their work by arresting them based on planted evidence and trumped-up charges.”

Despite dismissal of charges vs Aetas under terror law, Duterte gov’t continues terror-tagging with arbitrary designation of NDF

The dismissal of the charges against Aetas Japer Gurung and Junior Ramos “clearly show how the Anti-Terrorism Act is being used to fabricate charges against individuals and arbitrarily tag them as ‘terrorists,’” human rights alliance Karapatan said on Monday, as it slammed the statement of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on the said dismissal.

Duterte’s SONA a “day of reckoning” for EJK victims, rights group says

More than a week before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address, rights group Karapatan called to stop the killings anew in a protest action at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) office in Quezon City, and said that the president’s last SONA is a “day of reckoning” for victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Terminally-ill detained peasant organizer seeks court order for hospital treatment and confinement

On July 9, 2021, the legal counsel of detained peasant organizer Ernesto Jude Rimando filed a motion for urgent medical confinement at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 80, asking the court to allow him to be treated at the Philippine General Hospital and for him to stay there until medically discharged by attending doctor and the hospital.

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.

Karapatan appeals for urgent medical treatment of terminally ill political prisoner before it’s too late

Human rights group Karapatan appealed for the urgent medical treatment of 66-year-old political prisoner Antonio Molina, who is detained at the Puerto Princesa City Jail in Palawan and diagnosed with abdominal wall sarcoma, a malignant tumor, a type of cancer that arises from transformed cells of mesenchymal (connective tissue) origin.

Karapatan, int’l rights groups press call for UN investigation on drug war, rights situation in the Philippines

In a joint statement delivered via video by Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor yesterday, July 2, 2021, at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Karapatan, Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation and FORUM-ASIA urged the Council, “in the light of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s request for a full investigation in the Philippines, to conduct an independent investigation on violations in the context of the ‘war on drugs,’ including extrajudicial killings, and possible arbitrary arrests and detention in th

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