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2007 Human Rights Report: Only GMA ouster can improve human rights situation

The human rights watchdog KARAPATAN today renewed calls for the ouster of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in order to improve the human rights and overall situation in the country.

New evidence on the enforced disappearance of UP students prompt mothers to test writ of amparo

New evidence on the enforced disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and their farmer companion Manuel Merino prompted their mothers to file a writ of amparo before the Supreme Court at 9AM today, the first day the new law takes effect.

“We are grateful that the Supreme Court is making the remedy of the writ of amparo available for people like us whose daughters were abducted by the military,” said Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn.

Rights group and relatives of victims of human rights violations join Ayala rally to call for justice for mall bombing victims

The human rights group Karapatan and relatives of victims of human rights violations today joined the relatives of victims of the Glorietta 2 blast in arally at the Ninoy Aquino monument in Ayala Avenue, Makati, to express solidarity with them.

Karapatan, Hustisya and Desaparecidos called for an independent investigation of the mall bombing and prosecution of perpetrators as they continue to seek justice for other victims of human rights violations.

Rights group says GMA lying to UN on human rights situation, likens regime to military rule in Burma

In a press conference today in Quezon City, the Philippine NGO delegation that attended the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva denounced the lies being propagated by Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said: "Telling the UN that the Arroyo regime respects human rights is a barefaced lie. The spate of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations is proof that Arroyo and her cohorts are human rights violators."

‘What the Supreme Court giveth, Gloria taketh away’ - Karapatan

Philippine human rights group Karapatan criticized President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for what it termed “a move to shield the military from its accountability to the people,” by issuing Administrative Order 197.

Karapatan likewise said that the writ of amparo and the writ of habeas data that the Supreme Court recently approved will be contradicted by AO 197 that prevents the “disclosure of military secrets.”

“What the Supreme Court giveth, Gloria Arroyo taketh away,” said Karapatan Public Information Officer Ruth Cervantes.

Rights group hit PNP deception on ‘solved’ cases of killings and disappearances

The announcement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that 56 cases of extrajudicial killings solved came as no surprise to human rights group Karapatan but criticized the PNP for deception.

“It is simply ridiculous if not totally deceiving that our police force keeps on insisting that cases are solved with the mere identification of suspects and filing of complaints,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary said.

“A case is solved when the perpetrators are convicted and put behind bars.” Clamor continues. 

Karapatan’s Enriquez reports to UNHRC on the continuing extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Speaking before the United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday afternoon in Geneva (September 24, at 11PM Philippine time), Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Erniquez reported that the killings have not stopped and that “the measures implemented by the Philippine government did not and will not resolve the killings.”

GMA, like Erap must answer for her crimes too

A day after the Sandiganbayan handed over the guilty verdict of ousted President Joseph Estrada on plunder charges, the human rights alliance Karapatan said “Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, like Erap, must answer for her crimes too.”

Karapatan was one of the first few organizations that called for Estrada’s ouster due to human rights violations caused by the regime’s Oplan Makabayan.

ISAFP tells daughter of abducted NDF consultant: "He's on our list but we do not have him"

The daughter of abducted NDF (National Democratic Front) consultant Leo Velasco yesterday went “camp hopping” in search of her father but failed to locate him.  She however said that their conversation with the intelligence agent at ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) strengthened her suspicion that her father is under military custody.

Karapatan willing to participate in Puno’s summit, hopes victims and HR advocates will not be marginalized

The Philippine human rights group KARAPATAN today welcomed the human rights summit called for by Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno and announced its willingness to participate.

In its letter sent to Puno, Karapatan expressed its intent to join the human rights summit and congratulated the Chief Justice in calling for a human rights summit as a response to the multi-sectoral efforts to help stop human rights violations in the Philippines. 

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