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Karapatan: Proposed amendments to Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act violate int’l rights treaties and principles

Deeming drug suspects as guilty until proven otherwise in the proposed amendments by the House of Representatives to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 violates international human rights treaties and principles, human rights watchdog Karapatan said. According to the group, the amendments under House Bill No. 7814 are “set to promote an even more menacing climate of impunity in the Philippines, especially in the Duterte government’s sham and bloody war on drugs.”

Karapatan condemns attack vs red-tagged lawyer in Iloilo

Karapatan strongly condemns the attack against human rights lawyer Atty. Angelo Karlo “AK” Guillen, who was stabbed last night in Iloilo City.

“We condemn the attack on Atty. Guillen, and we call on the Commission on Human Rights and the Supreme Court to conduct an immediate and impartial investigation on this attempt on Atty. Guillen’s life,” said Karapatan Vice Chairperson Reylan Vergara.

Karapatan echoes call for PDL’s right to health: ‘Immunize them with free, safe, effective vaccines’

Human rights group Karapatan on Thursday, March 4, supported the call of families and friends of political prisoners for inclusion of thousands of prisoners, especially the elderly and sick, and pregnant women among them, in the Philippines for free, safe, and effective vaccination against COVID-19, as they contend with the country’s overcrowded detention facilities and poor health and nutrition situations in jails.

Karapatan: Killing of barangay chief in Tapaz, Capiz meant to silence truth about Tumandok massacre

The Duterte regime is trying to further terrorize Tumandok communities in Panay with the murder of Julie Catamin, chief of Brgy. Roosevelt in Tapaz, Capiz, human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group assailed Catamin’s killing as a “cowardly act that is meant to silence those who expose the truth about the arrests and killings of Tumandok members and leaders during the joint police and military operations in Tapaz, Capiz, and Calinog, Iloilo last December 30.”

Senior citizen, pregnant woman in Sorsogon charged under terror law —Karapatan

Amid the postponement of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act until March 2, human rights watchdog Karapatan scored another case of illegal search, arrest, and the filing of charges under the draconian law — this time against two women, one of them eight months pregnant, in Sorsogon.

Karapatan: red-tagging is a State policy through the NTF-ELCAC

Human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted that red-tagging is “clearly and undeniably a State policy,” disagreeing with the Senate committee on national defense’s conclusion in its report that “red-tagging is not among the pre-conceived policies sought to be implemented” under Executive Order No. 70, which created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Tokhang-style campaign vs “left-leaning” personalities in CAR a State-sanctioned incitement of EJK — Karapatan

The resolution recently-issued by the Cordillera Administrative Region’s Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC-CAR) “enjoining” law enforcement agencies and local government units to employ Oplan Tokhang against “left-leaning” personalities in the government, media and other entities is a “State-sanctioned incitement of extrajudicial killings against activists, human rights defenders, and government critics which sets a dangerous precedent amid the government’s massive red-tagging campaign,” human rights watchdog Karapatan s

Karapatan urges Filipinos to rise against Duterte’s dictatorship and de facto martial rule on 35th anniversary of People Power

On the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People Power uprising, human rights alliance Karapatan called on Filipinos to “rise against the fascist dictatorship of Rodrigo Duterte and his de facto martial law,” as Karapatan joined martial law victims, various human rights advocates, and progressive formations in marching to the People Power Monument to commemorate the four-day uprising that led to the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Hands off Otto de Vries, hands off human rights defenders! —Karapatan

Karapatan expressed its support to Otto de Vries, a Dutch pastoral worker and trade union rights advocate, against deportation orders of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration,and called it as "another spate of harassment against human rights defenders who have long worked for social justice issues in the Philippines, like what they did to Sr. Patricia Fox."

Karapatan: Bongbong’s announcement to run in 2022 tramples upon history, human rights victims of Marcos dictatorship

While human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest as a “much-delayed decision and affirmation of Marcos’s defeat” in the 2016 elections, the group nonetheless slammed his announcement that he would run for office in 2022 “ for it brazenly tramples upon the lives and the suffering of the thousands of victims human rights violations under his father’s fascist dictatorship.”

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