Press release

Karapatan calls on UN HRC member-states to support Iceland’s resolution on the rights situation in PH

On June 4, 2019, Iceland tabled a proposed resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, asking member-states to take concrete steps on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines during the council’s 41st session.

Karapatan backs journalist Margarita Valle in filing criminal, administrative raps vs. police, military

On July 4, 2019, veteran journalist and Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle filed criminal charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, arbitrary detention, violations under the Anti-Torture Act and violation of Miranda Rights against officers of the police and the military who illegally arrested and detained her for more than 10 hours.

As cops kill 3-year-old girl in drug bust, Karapatan renews call to end Duterte’s drug war

“Despite the public outrage on Duterte’s war against illegal drugs that has killed thousands of individuals in police operations and vigilante-style killings, this regime seems relentless in pushing for an ineffective, militarist policy. The death of a 3-year-old girl is the tragic reflection of the irreparable damage and loss to Filipino families," said Christina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary-General.

Karapatan hits bill to lower age of criminal responsibility as Sen. Sotto files it anew

“Karapatan reiterates its opposition on the bill lowering the age of criminal responsibility as Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III refiled it on Monday, July 1 despite strong condemnation from various groups and individuals when it was filed in the 17th Congress,” Jose Mari Callueng, Karapatan National Council member, said.

Pandarahas sa mga manggagawa ng Pepmaco, kinundena ng Karapatan

Mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan ang tahasang paglabag sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa ng Peerless Products Manufacturing Corporation (Pepmaco) sa Laguna.

Ang Pepmaco ang gumagawa ng mga sabong panlaba kagaya ng Champion at Calla, Systema toothpaste at Hana shampoo.

Another wave of red-tagging targets human rights lawyer in Mindanao and Karapatan officer in Cebu

“In light of the Court of Appeals 14th Division’s dismissal of Karapatan’s amparo and habeas data petition, more cases of red-tagging have been reported in various parts of the country. Karapatan Central Visayas chairperson Phoebe Zoe Sanchez, also a professor in UP, recently received a death threat and women human rights lawyers in Mindanao were harassed in their home. People’s lives are on the line and the Duterte regime’s vindictive and fascist policies continue to fuel and fund the attacks directed at human rights defenders and progressive groups,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

Karapatan protests CA’s dismissal of its amparo petition

On June 28, 2019, the 14th Division of the Court of Appeals dismissed the petitions for the writ of amparo and habeas data filed by Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela. Karapatan assailed the decision and referred to it as “a gross disservice to the human rights defenders who continue to experience perilous conditions in the conduct of their human rights work.” 

Karapatan: Dismissal of amparo petition is a gross disservice to all human rights defenders who continue to face perilous condit

On June 28, 2019, the 14th Division of the Court of Appeals dismissed the petitions for the writ of amparo and habeas data filed by Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela.

Karapatan blasts murder, abduction, escalating arrests in Negros

Human rights alliance Karapatan condemns the state-sponsored murder, abduction and arbitrary arrests in three different cities in Negros in the past two days. A transport group leader was killed, three peasants were abducted while a pastor and nine peasants were arrested. 

61-year-old journo arrested in Mindanao, 65-year old peasant leader killed in Negros as spate of attacks continue

“The elderly are not exempt from the spate of attacks under the Duterte regime. Just this weekend, 61-year-old Margarita Valle was arrested by police operatives while at an airport in Cagayan de Oro, while 65-year-old Felipe Dacal-Dacal was gunned down within the vicinity of his own residence in Negros Occidental. Both have been active in their respective advocacies – Valle as a journalist and development worker and Dacal-Dacal as a peasant leader who fought for free land distribution and genuine agrarian reform.
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