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Karapatan: Bill seeking to block US aid to AFP, PNP, a strong statement vs Duterte’s campaign of State terror

Amid growing international condemnation on the Duterte administration’s human rights violations in the Philippines, human rights alliance Karapatan said that passing the Philippine Human Rights Act in the United States — which seeks to block or suspend US government funding for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) — “is a strong statement against Duterte’s brutal campaign of State terror, unbridled repression, and mass murder in the Philippines.”

How much is military and police spending on disinformation on Facebook? — Karapatan

Human rights watchdog Karapatan on Wednesday welcomed Facebook’s takedown of fake accounts linked to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which the group said was “a damning evidence of State-sponsored online attacks, red-tagging and mass deception in the social media platform.”

Karapatan: Duterte’s posturing at UNGA is a desperate attempt to evade accountability

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried President Rodrigo Duterte’s “glaring efforts to vilify human rights defenders in the Philippines and to undermine their calls for accountability” as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) earlier today. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay stated that Duterte “is posturing in making desperate pleas before the international community that is growing increasingly critical of his human rights record and tyrannical rule.”

Karapatan: Promoting Sinas underscores double standards of justice, rewarding of rights violators in PH

Promoting Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas shows “not only a glaring double standard of justice and law enforcement in the country but how this fascist regime shamelessly coddles and rewards human rights violators,” human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, as the group assailed Philippine National Police chief Camilo Cascolan’s proposals to promote Sinas to a higher post.

Karapatan: EU resolution on rights situation in PH a welcome step towards reckoning and accountability

The resolution on the human rights situation in the Philippines recently adopted by the European Parliament* is a “welcome step towards reckoning and accountability over the Duterte administration’s blatant disregard of its obligation to uphold human rights and civil liberties in the country,” Philippine human rights alliance Karapatan stated, as the group urged the international community to “continue to stand with human rights defenders in the Philippines and the Filipino people who suffer in this worsening crisis of political repression and State

More than 700 rights groups, advocates call on UNHRC to stop the killings, investigate worsening rights situation in PH

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened its 45th session today, September 14, 2020, various Philippine and international human rights groups and advocates called on the UNHRC to “exercise its mandate and urgently create an independent and impartial investigative mechanism on the rampant extrajudicial killings and human rights violations” in today’s Global Day of Action following the spate of killings of several activists and human rights defenders over the past months.

Gov’t grants express lane to freedom for criminals and murderers, delays vulnerable prisoners’ plea humanitarian release

Human rights alliance Karapatan said that “while criminals and murderers like Joseph Scott Pemberton are given the express lane to freedom by none other than the highest official of the country, our own courts continue to cruelly neglect the petition of elderly, sick, and pregnant political prisoners for humanitarian release” as the group assailed the decision of the Supreme Court to remand the said petition to lower courts.

Karapatan: Duterte frees criminals and murderers while arresting and harassing activists

While murderers and criminals like United States soldier Joseph Scott Pemberton are granted absolute pardon, human rights watchdog Karapatan said that “activists, government critics, and the poor in the country face growing threats and intensifying harassment from the State” as the group decried the arrests in Bicol of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) – Camarines Sur chairperson Nelsy Rodriguez and transport group leader Ramon Rescovilla, Piston vice chairperson, as well as the harassment of Iglesia Filipina Independiente priest Marco Sulayao of the

Martial law victims, survivors denounce House measure on Marcos day

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), a human rights groups composed of mostly Martial Law victims, denounces in the strongest terms the House of Representatives’ approval of House Bill 7137, declaring September 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte in honor of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

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