Press release

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN franchise, a desperate attempt to shut down dissent —Karapatan

In the wake of the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General seeking to forfeit the legislative franchise of broadcasting network ABS-CBN, human rights alliance Karapatan tagged Solicitor General Jose Calida as “a pathetic lapdog to the whims of Duterte’s political vendetta” and slammed Calida’s petition as “a direct assault on press freedom, human rights, and democracy in the country.”

Rights group questions integrity, independence of Tacloban judge who signed off on questionable search, arrests vs Tacloban 5

In a press conference in Quezon City today, human rights group Karapatan questioned the integrity and independence of Judge Eligio Petilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 44 in Tacloban City, who issued the search warrants effecting the highly questionable search and arrests of five human rights defenders last February 7, 2020.

Karapatan condemns arrest of Western Mindanao coordinator

Human rights group Karapatan condemns the arrest of its National Council member in Western Mindanao, Engr. Jennefer Aguhob, yesterday, February 5, 2020.

Aguhob was reportedly arrested based on a warrant for charges of murder issued on July 26, 2019 by Judge Victoriano Lacaya, Jr. of Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. She is currently detained at the Oroquieta City Police Station.

DICT intel fund a backdoor for corruption, civil rights violations —Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan called for an independent investigation of the intelligence and confidential funds allocated for all government agencies, as it slammed the allocation of such funds for the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The rights group made the statement following the revelations of DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, who resigned from his post on Monday, February 3, over anomalies on the use of the department’s confidential funds.

On Malayao’s death anniv, Karapatan blasts Duterte regime’s impunity; calls for justice, accountability

One year since the merciless and brazen killing of peace consultant and staunch human rights activist Randy Felix Malayao, justice remains elusive as the government continues its all-out war against individuals who are opposing his fascist policies.

PH rights defenders network submits reports to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

At least sixteen faith-based and rights organizations under the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice) have submitted reports on the human rights situation in the Philippines, in response to the call for submissions by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. This is in accordance with the Iceland-led resolution on the Philippines adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in July 2019.

DILG mimicking civil society voice through GONGOs to advance gov’t fascist agenda —Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemns in strongest terms the “Rally for Peace and Prosperity” in Mendiola last Wednesday, January 29, supposedly organized by several “cause-oriented” groups with the endorsement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The rights group said that the “protest” against progressive lawmakers and organizations is “a desperate attempt by the government to manufacture support for its fascist and anti-people policies.”

Creation of JIPCO: Institutionalizing Massive Workers’ Rights Violations & Re-Affirming State’s Policy vs Militant Unionism

Labor rights NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemns the creation of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concern Office (JIPCO) in various economic and freeport zones in Central Luzon.

More than a hundred regional and int'l organizations express solidarity with Karapatan officer, call for protection of WHRDs

More than a hundred organizations from various countries all over the world have endorsed a statement condemning the harassment against Karapatan officer and human rights defender Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan calls for an end to US aggression in Iran, Iraq

Karapatan strongly condemns the United States’ latest act of aggression against Iran and Iraq which clearly violates people’s rights, especially the right to self-determination of the people of Iran and Iraq.

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