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Karapatan welcomes recommendations for release of prisoners, including political prisoners

Recommendations of the Philippine House of Representatives’ Committee on Justice for the decongestion of the country’s overcrowded jails through release of prisoners is a welcome and urgently needed move, human rights alliance Karapatan said, as the country combats the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Karapatan reiterated that political detainees, most especially the sick and elderly, should be granted release on humanitarian grounds. 

Test, test, test, not arrest, arrest, arrest —Karapatan

Conduct mass testing and not mass arrests, human rights alliance Karapatan urged authorities as they reiterated their urgent appeal for the release of political prisoners and the mass decongestion of detention facilities in the country to stem the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Karapatan condemns violent dispersal of residents in Vizcaya mining site

Rights group Karapatan assailed the violent dispersal of the “barikada ng mamamayan” (people’s barricade) in Barangay Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya yesterday, April 6, 2020. The residents, with the support of environmental advocates, initiated the barricade to prevent the entry of the oil tanks of mining company OceanaGold Corporation, with the expiry of the Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of the said company last June 20, 2019. 

As San Roque 21 posted bail, Karapatan calls on government to stop the arrests, attacks vs individuals, communities seeking aid

Today, as the “San Roque 21” posted bail on the trumped-up charges filed against them at the Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City, human rights group Karapatan reiterated its urgent call for the government the legitimate plea of poor Filipinos for adequate food and economic aid, amid the imposition of the “enhanced community quarantine” in Metro Manila and the entire island of Luzon.

Mass arrests don’t address mass hunger amid community quarantine —Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemned the arrest of 20 residents of the urban poor community of Sitio San Roque in Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City after the community’s protest along EDSA was violently dispersed by the police.

Karapatan calls for release of political prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic in online campaign

In an online campaign, human rights group Karapatan, together with friends and families of political prisoners, peace advocates, civil libertarians, and church workers reiterated its urgent appeal for the release of prisoners, including political prisoners on just and humanitarian grounds as the country grapples with the threat of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Arrest, inciting to sedition charges vs teacher sets dangerous pretext for crackdown on dissent amid COVID-19

The warrantless arrest of 55-year old public school teacher Juliet Espinosa in General Santos City over charges of inciting to sedition sets a dangerous pretext for a crackdown on dissent, human rights group Karapatan warned, amid the government’s continuing militarist response to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

No raison d'être for appointment of military generals to implement PH action plan vs COVID-19

There is no rationale for the appointment of retired military generals in the government’s “National Action Plan” (NAP) against the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, human rights watchdog Karapatan asserted, rebutting Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s statement justifying President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of ex-military men to lead the NAP’s implementation.

Karapatan welcomes UN call for release of political prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

Human rights alliance Karapatan reiterated the call to free all political prisoners in the Philippines on just and humanitarian grounds, following the urgent appeal of United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet for governments to protect people held in overcrowded detention centers and other closed centers from the threat of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Human compassion” of the law reserved only for Duterte allies in COVID-19 lockdown

Human rights watchdog Karapatan strongly decried the government’s “double standard” on how penalties are being imposed amid the Luzon-wide “enhanced community quarantine” against the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  The group’s statement came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) insisted that Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III — who recently tested positive for COVID-19 — will not be investigated nor subjected to a warrantless arrest despite breaching quarantine protocols in accompanying his wife at the Makati Medical C

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