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“Run for your life” highlights rights groups’ demand to jail Gen. Jovito Palparan

Members of rights groups, students, academe and joggers today ‘captured’ fugitive general ‘Jovito Palparan’ after a 4.4 kilometer run dubbed  ‘Run for your life (this is not a fun run)’ around the academic oval at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. 

runners run against torture and impunity  
“ ‘Run for your life’ commemorates the abduction and enforced disappearance of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño six years ago. The run echoes the call of their mothers Erlinda Cadapan and Connie Empeno for us to persist in looking for Palparan who remains at-large, six months after the Malolos Regional Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and illegal detention,” said Gidget Estrella, convenor of Tanggulan Youth Network, one of the event sponsors. 

Still no justice as Arroyo receives kid-gloved treatment from Malacañang

Today, as the defense lawyers of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo present their client’s plea for bail at the Pasay Regional Trial Court, human rights group Karapatan joins members of people’s organizations under BAYAN in a rally outside the court premises urging for the immediate junking of Arroyo’s motion for bail and her immediate prosecution for electoral sabotage and human rights cases.

Expedite resumption of talks, release political prisoners

“We welcome the June 16 joint statement of the NDF and the GPH peace panels saying that both agreed to ‘continue meaningful discussions prior to formal talks’.  It is a ray of optimism for the NDFP consultants, staff and all the political prisoners that they will soon be free, “ enthuses Marie Hilao Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan.

Karapatan calls on Congress to make AFP accountable for continuing rights abuses, to produce Palparan

Human rights group Karapatan today held a picket at the gates of the House of Representatives as Congress resumed its probe on rights violations under the Aquino government, this time with the military testifying on several cases they were allegedly involved in. 

End Killings 

Filipino activists hold picket at UN over rights abuses

Hullabaloo on Corona conviction diverts attention from outstanding rights impunity

Dr. Matthews George Chunakara (Director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches), Fr. Jonash Joyohoy (of the Ramento Project for Rights Defenders and representative of the National Council of Churches of the Philippines in the UPR Watch delegation), Atty. Edre Olalia (Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers), and Ernan Baldomero, Municipality of Lezo, Aklan councilor and son of 1st EJK victim under the Aquino government) moderated by Christina Papazoglou, Public Witness and Global Advocacy, World Council of Churches) 

GENEVA - Filipino activists, Geneva-based migrants, and representatives from international NGOs conducted a picket-protest in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to express their criticism of the Philippine government report immediately after the Universal Periodic Review on the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council last Tuesday, tagging the report as ‘selective,’ with the PH government drowning their dismal compliance to international human rights instruments with their so-called achievements.” 

GPH hounded by persistent concerns on EJK, disappearances and torture at UN rights review

GENEVA-- As the Chief Justice of the Philippines was being handed down a verdict in the impeachment trial, the Philippine government was also undergoing a similar process of accountability, this time before the United Nations.

End Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines!, End Impunity!, Free all Political Prisoners! - the Filipino people speak out. 

Around 69 countries quizzed the Philippine government on its human rights record, Tuesday May 29 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Philippines participated in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council. One after the other, at least 22 countries expressed concerns on the continuing spate of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture in particular, and impunity in general, according to the Philippine UPR Watch. Several countries also called on the Philippine government to dismantle all paramilitary groups and militias.

ZERO JUSTICE, Oplan Bayanihan engenders impunity and rights abuses

“For one, impunity exists under the Noynoy Aquino administration because big-time human rights violators such as Maj. General Jovito Palparan are not being held accountable for their crimes. And two, because Aquino promotes the same brand of counter-insurgency policy that engenders extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, forcible displacement and other forms of rights abuses,” said Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Karapatan and End Impunity Alliance. Palabay is part of the delegation of the Philippine UPR Watch, a network of rights activists who are in Geneva in time for the Philippine government’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council.

No easy way out for PH govt during UN rights review, showcasing cannot conceal impunity

GENEVA- It may not be smooth sailing for the Philippine government when it faces the United Nations Human Rights Council to defend the country’s rights record on May 29.

Based on information obtained by the Philippine UPR Watch, many of the questions that would be asked by the foreign missions will center on the prevalence of extrajudicial killings and the inability of the Philippine government to bring the perpetrators to justice. Members of the UNHRC are also expected to ask for a quantitative assessment of the human rights programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  Economic rights issues such as land reform and human trafficking  are also expected to be raised.

Rights victims recount ordeal before Philippine review by UN

GENEVA-- They could not hold back tears as they recounted their experiences before a crowd of international human rights organizations and representatives of foreign missions.

Ernan Baldomero, a municipal councilor in Aklan and son of Fernando Baldomero, the first victim of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino regime in 2010, recounted his last days with his father. He spoke of how his father was repeatedly tagged by the military as a communist rebel before he was gunned down by two men riding on a motorcycle. He broke down as he recounted how the military had even insisted that his father was killed by the New People’s Army in an alleged “purge”. He laments to this day that justice has not been fully served.

UN foreign missions receptive of accounts of HR victims and defenders

GENEVA - The delegation of the human rights civil society group Philippine UPR Watch has received a receptive audience among various foreign missions on their visit to the United Nations Human Rights Council 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) inSwitzerland.

The lobbying effort of the Philippine UPR Watch composed of 15 human rights and peace groups as well as church and mass organizations from the Philippines and abroad has been received positively by a diverse list of foreign dignitaries who have commonly expressed their keen interest to know more about the real state of human rights in the Philippines.

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