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Another wave of red-tagging targets human rights lawyer in Mindanao and Karapatan officer in Cebu

“In light of the Court of Appeals 14th Division’s dismissal of Karapatan’s amparo and habeas data petition, more cases of red-tagging have been reported in various parts of the country. Karapatan Central Visayas chairperson Phoebe Zoe Sanchez, also a professor in UP, recently received a death threat and women human rights lawyers in Mindanao were harassed in their home. People’s lives are on the line and the Duterte regime’s vindictive and fascist policies continue to fuel and fund the attacks directed at human rights defenders and progressive groups,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

Karapatan protests CA’s dismissal of its amparo petition

On June 28, 2019, the 14th Division of the Court of Appeals dismissed the petitions for the writ of amparo and habeas data filed by Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela. Karapatan assailed the decision and referred to it as “a gross disservice to the human rights defenders who continue to experience perilous conditions in the conduct of their human rights work.” 

Karapatan: Dismissal of amparo petition is a gross disservice to all human rights defenders who continue to face perilous condit

On June 28, 2019, the 14th Division of the Court of Appeals dismissed the petitions for the writ of amparo and habeas data filed by Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela.

Karapatan blasts murder, abduction, escalating arrests in Negros

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemns the state-sponsored murder, abduction and arbitrary arrests in three different cities in Negros in the past two days. A transport group leader was killed, three peasants were abducted while a pastor and nine peasants were arrested. 

61-year-old journo arrested in Mindanao, 65-year old peasant leader killed in Negros as spate of attacks continue

“The elderly are not exempt from the spate of attacks under the Duterte regime. Just this weekend, 61-year-old Margarita Valle was arrested by police operatives while at an airport in Cagayan de Oro, while 65-year-old Felipe Dacal-Dacal was gunned down within the vicinity of his own residence in Negros Occidental. Both have been active in their respective advocacies – Valle as a journalist and development worker and Dacal-Dacal as a peasant leader who fought for free land distribution and genuine agrarian reform.

Karapatan challenges the Duterte gov’t to allow UN independent investigation on rights violations

Karapatan welcomed the statement of eleven United Nations human rights experts on the need for the United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct an independent investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines.

Karapatan renews call for release of peace consultant Fr. Frank Fernandez, 2 others on just and humanitarian grounds

Two months after the illegal arrest of peace consultant and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) - Negros spokesperson Fr.

Karapatan protests the appointment of former colonel Allen Capuyan as NCIP Chair

On May 27, 2019, former colonel Allen Capuyan was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). He has been primarily involved in intelligence work, serving as Intelligence Service Unit chief in Davao from 1997 to 2000 and chief of operations of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) thereafter.

Karapatan lauds passing of Human Rights Defenders Bill on third and final reading, calls for an end to attacks vs HRDs

On June 3, 2019, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 9199, or the Human Rights Defenders Bill, on its third and final reading. 

Karapatan lauds passing of Human Rights Defenders Bill on third and final reading

On June 3, 2019, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 9199, or the Human Rights Defenders Bill, on its third and final reading. 
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