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Compassion for allies, violence and repression for “pasaway” critics and the poor

The Duterte regime is hellbent on unleashing State violence and repression on its critics and the poor while reserving compassion for its allies, human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group slammed the threats of deportation against an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Taiwan over Facebook posts critical of the government, the violent arrest of a fish vendor in Quezon City, as well as reports of police and barangay officials torturing quarantine violators in Koronadal City.

With 3 deaths, 242 coronavirus cases in jails, Karapatan asserts call for the release of prisoners

With at least three deaths and a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases in the country’s congested jails, human rights group Karapatan said it is high time for the government to definitively move for the release of prisoners, including political prisoners, especially those most at risk of contracting the disease that has infected thousands and has claimed hundreds of lives nationwide.

On the 13th year of Jonas Burgos’ Abduction: May Justice be Served!

“In a just universe, Jonas Burgos’ abductors should be in jail now and not leading a crucial government agency and heading the government’s task force to save lives from COVID-19,” says Erlinda Cadapan, chairperson of Desaparecidos, the organization of

OSG, Calida’s double standard of justice endangers lives of political prisoners — Karapatan

Karapatan criticized Solicitor General Jose Calida and his office’s opposition to the urgent petition filed by 22 elderly and sick political prisoners at the Supreme Court as a form of “double standard of justice” that endangers lives of prisoners amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PH Army continues to kill, peddle lies amid pandemic — Karapatan

“It is deplorable that the Philippine Army and President Rodrigo Duterte is sowing State violence, terror, as the country grapples with the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Karapatan strongly condemns the killing of a peasant leader and the arrest of 11 individuals including minors for unfounded allegations of being members and “child warriors” of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo by 61st Infantry Battalion (IB),” Karapatan Vice Chairperson Reylan Vergara stated. 

‘How can the poor stay at home when they have no homes?’ Police tears down makeshift homes of evicted community in Sampaloc

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemned on Thursday, April 23, the demolition of the makeshift shelters of more than 78 families in Maisan, Brgy. 432, Sampaloc, Manila, saying that the Philippine National Police did not show compassion, especially to Filipinos living in the margins of the society and who are, at the same time, most at risk to the dangers posed by the present pandemic.

Karapatan reiterates call for jail decongestion, raises alarm as CIW stalls release of a political prisoner

With the worsening threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, human rights group Karapatan reiterates its call for the release of all political prisoners, especially those at high risk of contracting the disease and those detainees who should have been freed after serving their prison sentences.

Karapatan decries Duterte’s threats of imposing martial law

Nearly five weeks into the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, the government seems to be gearing for intensified State repression, human rights watchdog Karapatan warned, with President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat of a martial law-like military and police takeover to curb the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Arrests of relief ops volunteers, film writer show Duterte regime’s anti-people face amid COVID-19 pandemic

Human rights watchdog Karapatan decried the government’s continuing militarist response to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic following the illegal arrest of volunteers set to distribute humanitarian aid to urban poor and peasant communities in Norzagaray, Bulacan as well as the arbitrary arrest of a screenwriter in Cebu City over a satirical Facebook post regarding the halting of mass testing in an urban poor community in the city.

Karapatan: Stop the delays, stop the excuses, release political prisoners now!

No more excuses and no more delays for the release of political prisoners, human rights group Karapatan strongly asserted, as the Supreme Court (SC) is set to deliberate today, April 17, on the petition seeking the temporary release of sick and elderly detainees to combat the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic inside the country’s highly congested prisons.

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