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AFP, revival of Philippine Constabulary for war on drugs will result to more rights violations vs Filipino people

“Fully integrating the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) into the already bloody war on drugs will be a chilling amalgamation of the said campaign to the military’s counter-insurgency and anti-people objectives. This will inevitably result to further fascist attacks and human rights violations against the people, including organized communities and movements,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, as National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon announced yesterday the AFP’s plan to assign certain AFP units in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. 

Philippine Constabulary 

Karapatan opposes death penalty bill in Congress

“Karapatan strongly denounces attempts to re-impose the death penalty in our deeply flawed criminal justice system. The death penalty is essentially a legislative fiat to the current spate of extrajudicial killings in the country, which will mostly affect the poor who have far less or no access to resources to defend themselves before courts. In the context of a bankrupt and corrupt justice system that favors the moneyed and powerful people, the death penalty will only increase the prevalence of impunity and fascist attacks against the poor,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, as the House of Representatives holds its plenary debates today on House Bill 4727 or the bill imposing the death penalty. 


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. 

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