Press release

Karapatan: Arbitrary designation of peace consultants under terror law a death warrant

The Anti-Terrorism Council’s designation of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants and peace panel members as “terrorists” under the Anti-Terrorism Act is “red-tagging in its most blatant and most dangerous,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted on Thursday, as the group assailed the designation as “brazenly arbitrary that it violates basic principles of due process — and whose consequences have proven to be deadly.”

Hustisya: Hustisya para kay Joseph Canlas!

Mariing kinondena ng HUSTISYA (Pagkakaisa ng mga Biktima para sa Hustisya) ang kapabayaan at kawalang puso ng administrasyong Duterte matapos masawi ang bilanggong pulitikal at lider-magsasaka na si Joseph Canlas.

SELDA blames Duterte admin on political prisoners' deaths

Former political detainees under Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) assailed the Duterte administration as  two political detainees died while in prison this week.

On the threats against community pantry organizers

There is no justification for the death and rape threats against Ana Patricia Non, the young woman organizer and initiator of community pantries, nor there can be any justification for the persistent and continuing profiling and red-tagging of community pantry organizers in the whole country.

Karapatan presses for humanitarian, just release of peasant leader Joseph Canlas

Detained peasant leader Joseph Canlas, 59, vice chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and chairperson of the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon, was brought to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga on Saturday, May 8, and to the Intensive Care Unit of the said hospital on May 9, Sunday, morning, after he experienced difficulty in breathing at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) detention center in Angeles City.

Karapatan slams trumped-up charges against UCCP church leaders and social workers, harassment of Lumad at Haran sanctuary

Human rights alliance Karapatan slammed the trumped-up charges and arrest warrants against six church leaders, administrators, and social workers of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) Haran center in Davao City who have provided sanctuary to bakwit Lumad communities forcibly displaced from their ancestral domains due to militarization.

Karapatan calls for independent probe on police killings of 2 brgy officials in Camarines Sur

Karapatan called for an independent investigation on the killings of two barangay officials in Iriga City and in Buhi town in Camarines Sur in the course of police operations within a month.

Karapatan: PNP, NTF-ELCAC attempts to hijack community pantries are “cheap PR stunts”

Human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted that the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) plan to explicitly use “planted beneficiary civilians” for their own version of community pantries is “a laughable admission of the PNP’s tanim-ebidensiya modus, even in what are supposed to be relief efforts” especially since the PNP’s proposed project is explicitly in compliance with directives from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Karapatan urges court to reconsider denial of detained unionist’s motion to quash search warrant against him

A thorough review into the application of search warrants used for the International Human Rights Day police raids throughout Metro Manila last year “is a matter of justice,” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted on Tuesday, as the group urged the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 50 to reconsider its denial of the motion filed by detained trade unionist Joel Demate, one of the seven activists arrested during the raids, to quash the search warrant used to raid his residence and to suppress the evidence supposedly seized during the raids.

SC asked to reverse CA decision on Karapatan’s plea for writs of amparo, habeas data

In its second manifestation filed today at the Supreme Court (SC) appealing the reversal of the Court of Appeals’ (CA) dismissal of its petition for the writs of amparo and habeas data, human rights watchdog Karapatan cited the judicial harassment, threats, and continuing red-tagging of itsleaders and members by military and police authorities, including National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson and Southern Luzon Command chief Antonio Parlade Jr., as among the urgent reasons why the SC should revisit the CA ruling

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