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Karapatan says CHR's high rating for Arroyo rights record is retraction of critical stance

The human rights group Karapatan expressed disappointment over the recent statement made by Chairperson Purificacion Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights giving the Arroyo government a high rating on human rights.

Karapatan said that the CHR has previously been exhibiting independence and is saddened that the CHR is now speaking in unison with Mrs. Arroyo's cohorts.

Rights group urges the Philippine Senate to ratify OPCAT now!

KARAPATAN welcomes the news that the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) is being sent by Malacañang to the Senate for ratification.

“For a long time we have been urging the government to ratify the OPCAT as it offers additional remedy to victims of human rights violations; we, therefore, call on the Senate to ratify it as soon as possible,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, secretary general of KARAPATAN.

Arroyo human rights victims protest lies told at UPR

A cruel regime lurks behind the smiling mask of the Arroyo government.‘Living testament to regime's bloody rights record’
Arroyo human rights victims protest lies told at UPR

Victims of human rights violations of the Arroyo regime held its 3rd Saturday gathering today, April 19, 2008 to register their objection to the lies told by the Philippine government during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week.

To dramatize their protest, the organization Hustisya (Victims of Arroyo Regime United for Justice), depicted Mrs. Gloria Arroyo as a dummy, “joker with bloody hands.” They scored the Arroyo government for its stubborn view of protests against the worsening human rights situation in the country as nothing but propaganda.

Arroyo regime can’t hide its gruesome human rights record

Human rights alliance Karapatan, today said that the Philippine government’s report before the United Nations in the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review is but an attempt to hide the Arroyo government’s gruesome human rights record. While the Philippine delegation led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita pulled his act with an out-and-out tale of deception before the UNHRC session, victims of human rights violations and their families in their second monthly gathering for the year expressed disapproval and disgust.

UN called upon to heed victims of terror in its review of Arroyo's rights record

In the observance of the International Women's Month and in their monthly Saturday gathering, women relatives and friends of victims of human rights violations linked arms with other human rights defenders at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, in a bid to call the attention of the United Nations to the human rights record of the Arroyo administration.

Women human rights defenders call for removal of rights violator in Malacañang

Women human rights defenders and relatives of human rights violations victims (HRVVs) belonging to Karapatan, Desaparecidos, Hustisya! today kicked off the commemoration of International Women's Month with renewed calls to remove the sitting president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"A first step towards justice is to drive out the thief and human rights violator in Malacanang. Palayasin ang babaeng lapastangan!" said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan, a leading human rights organization in the Philippines.

In the face of the Lozada abduction, new cases of disappearances

Congress called upon to immediately enact laws against enforced disappearance and torture

At the hearing of the Committee on human rights, the human rights alliance Karapatan today called upon members of Congress to immediately enact a law against enforced disappearance and torture in the face of the abduction of NBN-ZTE probe witness Rodolfo Noel “Jun” Lozada, Jr. by military personnel and new cases of enforced disappearances in Negros Oriental and Pampanga.

The case of Lozada, according to Karapatan, bears the mark of enforced disappearance as defined in HB 2263, consistent with the definition of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Rights groups oppose Gen. Esperon’s office term extension

Human rights groups join a caravan to oppose the term extension of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., a day before his birthday.

"Today, on the eve of General Esperon's birthday, we present to him this symbolic cake to remind him how he served the Filipino people by violating their rights rather than protecting them," Jigs Clamor, deputy secretary general of Karapatan, said.

I hope to see my parents free

Writ of Amparo hearing for Elizabeth Principe and Leo Velasco

Surface Leo Velasco!The daughter of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants Elizabeth Principe and Leo Velasco expressed hopes that the writ of amparo will help her set both her parents free. Today, the Court of Appeals Special 8th Division opens the hearing on the writ of amparo filed by Lorena Santos, 25, daughter of the said NDFP consultants.

Lorena is optimistic that the writ of amparo will lead the way for her father's surfacing, and for her mother's release.

Rights group slams Esperon extension

The human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, slams the term extension of Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr.  His continued stay in the command of the Armed Forces will mean more extrajudicial executions, disappearances and other forms of human rights violations. 

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