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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. 

Karapatan to Pres. Duterte: enforce distribution of Lapanday land, prosecute Lapanday Food Corp

“The December 12 shooting of farm workers in Madaum Village, Tagum City by Lapanday guards has been one too many incidents of violence against farmers asserting their right to land. President Duterte should uphold the interests of farmers by addressing landlessness,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.  

Karapatan on the International Human Rights Day

The 66th year of the International Human Rights Day will be commemorated in the Philippines by calls for justice for the victims of the US-supported Marcos dictatorship and for the Filipino people to persevere in the struggle against state fascism. 

Political prisoners end hunger strike, fast

“Ang pakikibaka para makamit ang hustisyang ipinagkait sa aming mga bilanggong pulitikal ay bahagi ng kabuuang laban para sa karapatang pantao (The struggle for justice long denied to political prisoners is part of the people’s struggle for human rights)” said political prisoners (PPs) from Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City in a statement, as 76 PPs ended their hunger strike  today, International Human Rights Day. At least 122 PPs also participated by fasting. 

Karapatan to jointly lead nationwide rallies on Int’l Human Rights Day

Karapatan is set to join Bayan in nationwide rallies tomorrow, International Human Rights Day, to press for the release of all political prisoners, to call for an end to military occupation of schools and rural communities in the guise of civic action and denounce extrajudicial killings of activists and civilians, including killings in the Duterte government’s “war on drugs.” The rallies are also meant to sustain protest actions against the hero’s burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and press the call for justice for and indemnification of martial law victims.  

Desaparecidos slams Año appointment as AFP chief of staff

An organization of families of the disappeared expressed disgust over the recent appointment of Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, calling it “a clear manifestation of impunity, when human rights violators escape prosecution and are instead rewarded for their crimes against the Filipino people.”

Youth political prisoners join hunger strike for freedom

Since yesterday, December 7, youth political prisoners in several detention centers nationwide have been on hunger strike to strengthen the call for the release of all political prisoners. 

Año’s promotion will bring more rights violations, peace sabotage

“With a notorious implementer of US-directed counter-insurgency programs Oplan Bantay Laya and Oplan Bayanihan now at the helm of the fascist Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), there is greater danger of human rights violations and militarist efforts to sabotage peace initiatives,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, in reaction to yesterday’s appointment of Gen. Eduardo Año as the new Chief of Staff of the AFP, replacing Gen. Ricardo Visaya. 

Political prisoners (PPs) start hunger strike, relatives of PPs assert right to protest

Three days before the International Human Rights Day, at least 76 political prisoners (PPs) in different jails in the country started their hunger strike, while 122 PPs, many are sickly and elderly, will fast until December 10. 
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