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Rights victims of Marcos and victims of Arroyo vow “Never Again to Martial Law! Assert and defend our rights!”

On the eve of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, victims of the Marcos dictatorship and victims of human rights violations under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remind the nation that we must say never again to martial law!  There is a new dictator and kleptocrat in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her cohorts under an undeclared martial law.  And like the hated dictator Marcos, she must be made to answer for her transgressions on the rights of the Filipino people.

Junked Lozada petition for amparo is another shameful CA ruling - KARAPATAN

Jun LozadaThe redoubtable Court of Appeals has done it again – dismissing another amparo petition which in effect condones impunity, says the human rights umbrella Karapatan.

"The dismissal of the petition for the writ of amparo for NBN-ZTE star witness Jun Lozada is unjust," said Ruth Cervantes, Public Information Officer of Karapatan.

"What made it despicable is the CA justices' glaring omission of the fact that the threat on Mr. Lozada's life stems from the other fact that he is a thorn on the side of this corrupt government," said Cervantes.
Karapatan reiterated that Mr. Lozada is not merely a victim of kidnapping. His case falls into what the United Nations refers to as an enforced disappearance, "the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law."

Raymond Manalo Criminal Case vs Palparan et.al.

Raymond Manalo signs copies of complaints hours before filing them at the Ombudsman and the Quezon City Regional Trial Court hours on September 12, 2008Determined to obtain justice
Survivor of enforced disappearance files criminal case vs. perpetrators

After escaping from his military abductors, having been granted protection under the writ of amparo and all the more encouraged by two positive developments in human rights cases, namely the release of the Tagaytay 5 on August 28, 2008 and Pastor Berlin Guerrero yesterday, a survivor of military atrocity will take his chance at obtaining justice.

Raymond Manalo, who escaped his military captors after more than a year of torment, is fighting back by filing administrative, civil and criminal charges against soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In the face of escalating conflict, rights group calls on the Parties to stop the hostilities

Rights group reiterates call on the Parties in conflict to ensure the safety of civilians at all times; stop the hostilities and resolve issues on the negotiating table

KARAPATAN reiterates the call it earlier made to both Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  and the Government to abide by their obligations to uphold human rights and protect the lives of civilians at all times.

Karapatan says CA decision "anti-victim," won't help find Jonas

The human rights group Karapatan scored the Court of Appeals for its 'cowardly decision' on the petition for the writ of habeas corpus and writ of amparo petitions of Mrs. Edith Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos.
"CA justices are trying to be on the safe side at the expense of the life of Jonas, their dismissal of the case won't help find him," said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan Secretary General.

Rights group condemns killing of peasant leader in South, scores AFP's bounty offer for soldiers

Celso Pojas speaking at a rally At the 3rd Saturday gathering of families of victims of human rights violations, the human rights group Karapatan today expressed outrage over the extrajudicial killing of peasant leader Celso Pojas down South.

Pojas was killed by motorcycle-riding gun men in Davao City, a method associated with military death squads implementing Oplan Bantay Laya.

"Clearly, the military have not ceased their policy of extrajudicial killings under Oplan Bantay Laya," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer.

Our mothers, our defenders: Rights group offer red roses for mothers of victims on mother's day

Karapatan celebrates mother's day by bringing together mothers whose children have been victims of human rights violations under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Human rights activists joined by children relatives paid tribute to these mothers by offering them red roses as a symbol of solidarity. "We are one with them in the defense of human rights and the fight for justice," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer, a mother herself.

Mothers of human rights violation victims affirm unity against 'terror ma' in Malacañang

Mothers of victims of human rights violations under the Arroyo regime who banded together under the banner of Hustisya! and Desaparecidos today called on the Filipino people to join them "in defending human rights by fighting the terrorist mother that reigns in Malacañang."

They came together to accept the tribute organized for them by human rights group Karapatan for Mother's Day.

Rights group urged military informants: Testify against masterminds of killings

The human rights group Karapatan urged military informants who bared military covert operations to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, to testify against their superiors who ordered the extrajudicial killings of activists.

Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information said, “We exhort them to walk the path of justice by testifying against those who masterminded the extrajudicial killings of civilians.”

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.

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