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Punish police criminals! Stop impunity!

“We challenge Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa to punish criminals in the police and military,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said, in condemnation of the escalating police brutality against drug suspects and police involvement in organized crimes.

Dummies at Camp Crame 2,295 killed

Duterte should rein in his troops from sabotaging the GRP-NDFP peacetalks

"Pres. Duterte should control his armed forces to stop sabotaging the peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP),” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general said in reaction to the reported armed encounter between the 39th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) and the New People’s Army in Makilala, North Cotabato.

Cycle of exploitation, oppression must end NOW

“It is the lack of genuine economic reforms and Government of the Republic of the Philippines’ (GRP’s) non-adherence to the Comprehensive Agreement of the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which makes political killings against struggling peasants and national minorities rampant in the country,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said, in condemnation over the latest killings of Lumad leader Veronico “Nico” Lapsay Delamente and sugar farmer leader Alexander “Sander” Ceballos.

Delamante Ceballos

GRP should investigate 4,000 human rights complaints against State security forces

Upon signing of GRP-NDFP supplemental guidelines on monitoring committee on human rights, international humanitarian law 

ROME, ITALY - Karapatan welcomed the signing of the Supplemental Guidelines for the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) on the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) today, January 21, 2017, in Rome, Italy during the third round of formal peacetalks between the two Parties.

On the 30th year of Mendiola Massacre: Karapatan expresses support to NDFP’s proposals on socio-econ reforms

“Massacres of peasants continue because feudal bondage and the backward agricultural economy remain,” Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Jigs Clamor said today, on the commemoration of the 30th year of the Mendiola massacre. Thirteen (13) farmers were killed by State security forces under the Corazon Aquino administration, during a protest action in 1987.
 
 

On third round of talks: 392 political prisoners remain in jail, communities still attacked

“During the first round of peacetalks, the GRP already indicated its commitment to release political prisoners. But the third round of talks is opening with hundreds of political prisoners still in jail,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general, said. 
  
According to Karapatan, there are currently 392 political prisoners imprisoned in relation to the NDFP rebellion, 30 of them are elderly, 34 are women, and 122 of them are sick. “As a matter of justice and commitment, they should be released now,” Clamor concluded.

Pahayag ng mga bilanggong pulitikal sa pagbubukas ng usapang pangkapayapaan

Sinusuportahan namin ang magaganap na ikatlong round ng pormal na usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) at National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) para talakayin ang Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) at iba pang sunbstansyal na usapin sa darating na Enero 19 hanggang 25 sa Rome, Italy. 

Rights violations will continue if Oplan Kapayapaan is Oplan Bayanihan 2.0

“If Oplan Kapayapaan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is a continuum of Oplan Bayanihan, we expect that human rights and international humanitarian law violations will continue, especially in struggling communities and among the poor majority of peasants and workers,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said on the AFP’s new counter-insurgency program under the Rodrigo Duterte administration. 

Political prisoners will still spend Christmas in jails

“After all what has been said and done, political prisoners (PPs) will still spend Christmas inside cramped jails,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. “Since Pres. Duterte first talked about releasing political prisoners, a political prisoner has already died, several have been rushed to hospitals and PPs already went into fasting and hunger strike, and additional fifteen (15) have been illegally arrested and are still detained,” Palabay said. 
 
 
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