Press release

Release all political prisoners, especially sick and elderly prisoners

A day before the resumption of the second round of formal talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) peace panels, the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) renewed its call to immediately release all political prisoner (PP) through general amnesty, especially the ailing and elderly political prisoners, PPs detained for more than a decade and women political prisoners.

Release of all political prisoners via amnesty is an issue of justice

Karapatan welcomes efforts to revitalize GPH-NDFP Monitoring Committee on CARHRIHL

As the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) gear for the continuation of the formal peacetalks on October 6-10, 2016 in Oslo, Norway, Karapatan welcomed efforts for the revitalization of the two parties’ Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). 

AFP should comply with Duterte’s order to take paramilitary groups out of communities

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should follow Pres. Duterte’s order to control government-backed paramilitary groups such as Bagani and halt their operations in the communities,” Karapatan secretary general, Cristina Palabay, said after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte issued a verbal order Friday that the Philippine Army take full control of the Bagani and other paramilitary groups responsible for killings in Bukidnon, Surigao and North Cotabato. 

On Duterte’s statements on US gov’t atrocities, PC revival, AFP involvement in war vs drugs

Karapatan welcomes Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s statement in the last ASEAN Leaders’ Summit calling attention to the past and present atrocities of the US government and military in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, and other countries. More recently, he urged the US soldiers in Mindanao to leave, amid several documented reports of human rights violations by US troops. 

Karapatan calls on Pres. Duterte to remove imprints of martial law, release political prisoners

“The existence of political prisoners in a so-called democratic country proves that imprints of martial law are still here,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general said on the 44th year since late Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law. 

Karapatan said there were at least 120,000 persons imprisoned during martial law, many are victims of warrantless and illegal arrests because of their political beliefs. To date, there are 525 political prisoners, as of June 30 2016, languishing in jails all over the country. 

Arrest and prosecute killers of Fort Magsaysay massacre!

“Arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the massacre of four farmers in Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation!" Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said in condemnation of the killing spree by armed goons of a landgrabber-mayor in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.


A year after the Lianga massacre: No arrests of paramilitary perpetrators, military troops still in the villages

The more than 2,000 Lumad evacuees from Lianga, Surigao del Sur, together with human rights and cause-oriented groups, commemorated the first anniversary of the massacre of Manobo leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and school executive Emerito Samarca at the Tandag Sports Complex today. 

WANTED for Multiple Murder #StopLumadKillings

Hands off teachers in Lumad community schools!

“The illegal arrests, threats and harassment of teachers in Lumad community schools prove that Oplan Bayanihan continues against Lumad communities and the people who support their struggle,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said.

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Open Letter to Pres. Duterte

Dear Mr. President,

Much has been said about Ferdinand Marcos and his betrayal of the people’s trust as highest official of the land — he sold out our patrimony; he plundered the country; he ruled with terror; his regime, marked with thousands of human rights violations — you know it all, as we do.
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