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After Robin’s pardon, political prisoners should be next

“After granting absolute pardon to actor Robin Padilla, we hope Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will do the same to wrongly convicted political prisoners (PPs) especially those who are ailing, elderly and the women,” Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Jigs Clamor said. 

Robin Padilla pardoned by Duterte 

​Exhibit A of impunity: Hacienda Luisita massacre

“Twelve years after, justice remains elusive to the seven victims of the Hacienda Luisita massacre, to the more than a hundred farmworkers and their families who were shot and injured during the bloody dispersal of the farmworkers’ strike, and to the thousands of farmers and farmworkers who are defending their right to decent and living wages and the right to reap the benefits of the land they tilled for decades. The case of Hacienda Luisita is one of the foremost examples of impunity in the Philippines,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, as Luisita farmers today led protest and commemoration activities in Tarlac. 

Justice for Hacienda Luisita Massacre 

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On the Int'l Day of Imprisoned Writers: Free the artist! Free all political prisoners!

Free the artist! Free all political prisoners! - Karapatan

As PEN International, a worldwide association of writers, commemorate the 35th year of the Day of Imprisoned Writers today, Karapatan reiterated its call to the Duterte administration to release all political prisoners, including writers and artists among them.

Karapatan on Duterte's plan to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus

“Amid reports of violations of human and people’s rights, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is treading on dangerous ground with his plan to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.  Such suspension can be conveniently used by the military and police as justification for more abuses,” stated Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, today after Duterte’s remarks over the week-end. 

Amid sham GRP ceasefire declaration, rights violations continue through Oplan Bayanihan - Karapatan

“Military operations in communities through Oplan Bayanihan and the consequent human rights violations that come with every operation continue. If President Rodrigo Duterte is indeed serious in his peace initiatives, he should rein in the Armed Forces of the Philippines from its vile efforts to sabotage the GRP and NDFP peacetalks, order his troops to pull out from the communities and abandon this counter-insurgency program. If these military operations continue, any ceasefire declaration from the GRP will be seen as a mere PR stunt,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, said today as the organization continues to receive several reports on rights violations in line with Oplan Bayanihan. 

Nine Supreme Court magistrates betrayed us - SELDA and CARMMA

The nine Supreme Court magistrates have betrayed the martyrs and heroes who suffered and died at the hands of state security forces of a tyrannical dictatorship. The nine Supreme Court magistrates have betrayed the whole Filipino nation and our history.


Sandugo files complaint vs PNP on US embassy violent dispersal

A recently formed alliance of national minority groups called Sandugo today filed a complaint at the GRP-Nominated Section in the Joint Secretariat of the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on the October 19, 2016 violent dispersal at the US Embassy in Manila. 

Complaint_Sandugo Dispersal 

PNP implements Oplan Bayanihan in the guise of “war against drugs”

“The Philippine National Police continues to implement Oplan Bayanihan, targetting activist farmers resisting landgrabbing, now in the guise of the so-called war against drugs,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, as farmers in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan were recently arrested and detained for charges in relation to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 

Karapatan to GRP on the release of all political prisoners: “Just do it”

“While it is good to hear that the GRP remains committed to release all political prisoners, this remains an unfulfilled promise,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said as a response to the statement of GRP peace panel chair, Silvestre Bello III. 

Labor secretary Bello was quoted last Wednesday, October 19, that the GRP will release political prisoners in batches starting with the women, sick and elderly. 

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