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Karapatan, RMP, and Gabriela seek legal protection vs threats, vilification at the Supreme Court

On May 6, 2019, Karapatan, together with Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela, with the assistance from lawyers of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), filed petition at the Supreme Court to seek legal protection from threats to life, liberty and security, amid accusations of being fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Rights group lauds people-driven initiatives in the US to decry rights violations in PH

Karapatan today lauded various initiatives in the US by solidarity groups and Filipino organizations to condemn human rights violations in the Philippines. Among the outcomes of which include the recent resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the legislative body within the city and county government in California, condemning the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and attacks against human rights defenders in the country.

Killing of alleged female rebel whose genitals were “shattered with a bullet” is a war crime - Karapatan

On April 15, 2019, a mainstream news outfit published a report on the death of Cindy Tirado, 28, an alleged woman combatant of the New People’s Army (NPA) who was killed during a reported encounter with the military in Brgy. Canocotan, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. The said report cited statements from Tirado’s mother, Emma, who belied the military’s claims that her daughter engaged soldiers in a firefight.

Karapatan mourns the death of human rights advocate Bernardino Patigas

On the afternoon of April 22, 2019, 72-year-old Bernardino Patigas, fondly called “Tatay Toto” by colleagues, was gunned down while driving his motorcycle along the highway of Brgy. Washington, Escalante City, Negros Occidental. He was shot twice, in his leg and forehead, and he died instantly. 

AFP, Parlade mastering the art of spinning lies and sowing intrigues - Karapatan-SMR

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines through its deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations Antonio Parlade Jr. is getting more and more desperate in its vilification campaign.

Karapatan recommends filing of charges vs cops, soldiers in Negros 14 killings, arrests

In a press conference in Quezon City, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay called for the indictment and prosecution of police and military operatives responsible for the killings, frustrated killings, illegal arrest and detention, and other criminal acts committed in the course of their implementation of the local synchronized enhanced management of police operations (SEMPO) on March 30, 2019. 
 

Rights group welcomes Supreme Court order to release drug war documents

On April 2, 2019, the Supreme Court ordered the government to release documents on the thousands of death under the Duterte administration’s anti-narcotics campaign. Human rights and media groups have estimated that more than 20,000 Filipinos have been killed under Duterte’s drug war campaign. Per information from the Philippine National Police (PNP), they claimed some 5,000 deaths as a result of “legitimate” police operations in line with the war on drugs. The rest of the cases are considered deaths under investigation.

Anakpawis member forcibly disappeared in Central Luzon; Lumads evacuate in Caraga as counterinsurgency operations escalate

“As the nation is confronted by the mass killing of 14 farmers in Negros, there was no let-up in the human rights violations committed by security forces elsewhere in the country. We continue to receive reports of disappearances, killings, and forced evacuations due to bombings and military operations. This is indicative that the government is not done plunging the country into an even grimmer period marked with incessant human rights violations and glaring impunity,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan files complaints on Duterte government’s smear campaign vs rights defenders to UN independent experts

On April 5, 2019, Karapatan filed letters of allegation to United Nations Special Rapporteurs over cases of threat, harassment and intimidation, particularly the red-tagging and terrorist-labelling of organizations, in line with the Duterte government’s counterinsurgency program.

Kin of victims assert those killed were farmers, call for an immediate and independent investigation on the mass killing of 14

“The mass killing of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019 is another graphic reminder that state security forces are themselves the perpetrators of the worst atrocities, which often target the poor, marginalized, and the defenseless. Three years ago today, on April 1, 2016, another carnage involving farmers in Kidapawan were perpetrated by the police, using the same set of twisted justifications to evade accountability that the police and military are using now. We reiterate our call for an independent investigation on the incident, knowing fully well that the AFP and the PNP are not the proponents of honesty, but rather of impunity. We support the investigation to be started by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on the said incident,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on the mass killings in three separate towns in Negros Oriental. 
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