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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. 

Kin of Missing NDFP Consultant Files Amparo Petition

Families hope writ of amparo will lead to surfacing Prudencio Calubid et al

Today, the families of missing National Democratic Front consultant and his companions filed with the Regional Trial Court Branch 51 a petition for their release and other relief. With this, the families rekindle hopes to still find NDF consultant Prudencio Calubid and wife Celina Palma, their niece Gloria Soco and NDFP staff Ariel Beloy, who have all been missing for 19 months.

"The recent surfacing of abduction victims by the military renewed our hopes that we will still find them," said Mary Guy Portajada, spokesperson of the Families of the Desaparecidos for Justice or Desaparecidos.

Rights groups condemn the secret transfer of detained peace consultant on the eve of the filing of Petition for Writs of Amparo

KARAPATAN and DESAPARECIDOS condemn in the strongest term the illegal transfer of political prisoner Elizabeth Principe from the custodial center in Camp Crame to Candon, Ilocos Sur. The surreptitious transfer was conducted at 11:45 pm of January 22, last night, the eve of the filing of the writs of Amparo (for Elizabeth’s release and protection for her and daughter Lorena) and habeas corpus to surface husband Leo Velasco, another peace talks consultant, who was abducted and remains missing since February 19, 2007.

Two new victims of political killings as 2008 begins

Tildo Rebamonte, a 45-year old carpenter from Claveria town, Masbate province was allegedly abducted by members of the Philippine National Police-Regional Mobile Group (RMG) on January 12, 2008 at around 5 am.

Rights group happy that missing couple surfaced

RIGHTS GROUP HAPPY THAT MISSING COUPLE SURFACED
But doubts voluntariness of their statements; Asks that military be held accountable


Rights group express joy on the sudden surfacing of the couple Manuel Pajarito and Juliet Fernandez after seven months of disappearance but also harbor serious doubts on their fate and ask that the military be held accountable for their illegal arrests and arbitrary detention.

Karapatan welcomes CA decision implicating Palparan: What will GMA do now to her highly praised general?

The human rights watchdog KARAPATAN today welcomed the Court of Appeals decision implicating retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. on the abduction, torture and illegal detention of the Manalo brothers, as they reiterated calls to end impunity on human rights violations.

On the Occasion of the Human Rights Day Filipinos must remain defiant and assert their rights!

On the occasion of the 59th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the human rights watchdog KARAPATAN today called on the Filipino people to remain defiant and to assert their rights.

GMA is No.1 Human rights violator Families of Victims of Human Rights Violations: GMA deserves “Medalya de Horror"

Today, International Human Rights Day, families of victims of human rights violations gather at the University of the Philippines grounds to confer to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo the MEDALYA DE HORROR for being the No. 1 human rights violator in the country.

"For the victims and their families, this is the award Gloria rightfully deserves" declared Evangeline Hernandez, spokesperson of HUSTISYA, mother of slain activist Beng Hernandez.

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