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Rights group condemns military deception in arrest of couple in Bohol

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemns in strongest terms the trumped-up charges against couple Reynaldo and Carmelita Camacho, who were arrested by the elements of the 47th Infantry Battalion (IB) without a warrant nor any legal basis in their home at Brgy. Tolang, Getafe, Bohol last February 8, 2020.

Rights group to legislators: Don't be instruments to authoritarian rule, resist anti-terror law

In a press conference on Monday, March 2, 2020, human rights alliance Karapatan joined other progressive organisations in opposing the passage of the Anti-Terror Bill, which seeks to amend and strengthen RA 9372 or the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007. The rights group raised alarm over contentious and vague provisions, which it said “infringes on and effecti

Andanar’s spins and slants in Geneva: Looks sunny but really cold and chilling

The ongoing efforts by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Martin Andanar and his team here in Geneva to mislead the international community is ludicrous if only it is not perilous.

Gov't hellbent on silencing critics with Esperon's motion for reconsideration of dismissed perjury charge vs rights groups

“National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.'s announcement that he will pursue another motion of reconsideration on the trumped-up and dismissed perjury charges against leaders of Karapatan, Gabriela, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines is another form of textbook lawfare and judicial harassment," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan blasts Senate’s approval of anti-terrorism bill

Karapatan denounces the Senate’s approval of the anti-terrorism bill, calling the said measure a monster legislation that will provide a pretext for de facto martial law in the Philippines. 

Rights group condemns arrest of Rodolfo Salas for trumped-up charges

Karapatan denounces the arrest of Rodolfo Salas, an organizer of farmers and cooperatives in Pampanga since 1992, on February 18, 2020 in Pampanga on trumped-up multiple murder charges filed at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32.

Artists, freedom of expression advocates face greater challenges under Duterte admin

“The recent pull-out of a movie referencing Duterte’s sham drug war and rights violations in a film festival and the suspension of the Twitter account for a musical production that shows the struggles during the Marcos martial law period are the most recent examples of the challenges faced by artists and freedom of expression advocates under the Duterte administration.

NTF-ELCAC desperate in harassing Sister Elenita Belardo, rights defenders —Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan cried foul over the so-called protest staged by groups affiliated with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Quezon City Hall of Justice on Thursday, February 20, 2020, as former Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) National Director Sister Elenita Belardo, RGS attended the arraignment proceedings of the trumped-up perjury charge filed against her by National Security Adviser and NTF-ELCAC Vice Chairman Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. The rights group slammed the protest as a "desperate attempt" to malign and harass the 80-year old nun.

Rights network calls on CHR to investigate judicial harassment, trumped up charges vs Mindanao activists, dev’t workers

In a press conference and meeting at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) today, February 12, 2020, Defend Mindanao, a newly-formed campaign network in defense of Mindanao human rights defenders and development workers facing judicial harassment, appealed to CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon and members of the commission to immediately investigate and facilitate remedies for the embattled activists.

Political prisoners condemn attacks vs activists, legal organizations

Amidst the continuing assault against legal progressive organizations and human rights workers, political prisoners in Metro Manila District Jail (MMDJ) - Annex 4 in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig vehemently condemned the recent questionable arrest of five (5) activ

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