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Political prisoners across the country lament Ocasla’s passing, set to mount hunger strike and fast to demand immediate release

Political prisoners from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Taguig City Jail, Samar Provincial Jail, Compostela Valley Provincial Rehabilitation Center (CVPRC), and Davao Penal Colony (DAPECOL) are all mourning for the death of fellow political prisoner Bernabe Ocasla, who died last November 28, 2016 after three days in coma. 

GRP’s non-release of political prisoners, perpetuation of injustice

Drug-related killings must stop and the perpetrators should be held accountable

Karapatan today joined RISE UP!, a campaign initiated by faith-based groups, institutions and people’s organizations against the drug menace and for the protection of human and people’s rights against drug-related extrajudicial killings, in a protest action in front of the Department of Interior and Local Government office in Quezon City. 

Two ailing, elderly political prisoners currently in hospitals

Yesterday, December 4, 2016, at 8 a.m., another elderly and ailing political prisoner, Apolonio Barado, was admitted to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) hospital in Muntinlupa City due to chest pains. 

Karapatan supports fasting of political prisoners and kin

Karapatan welcomes news on President Duterte’s pardon of political prisoners Rico Bodino (Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm), Dindo Absalon and Bonifacio Suyom (Leyte Regional Prison), and Martin Villanueva (New Bilibid Prison) to facilitate their long-overdue release from jails. Since 2011, their names have been submitted to the Presidential Committee on Bail, Recognizance and Pardon (PCBREP) and recommended to former Pres. BS Aquino, who didn’t act on their release.

Kin of political prisoners start fasting nationwide to call for loved ones' immediate release

Kin of political prisoners (PPs) question GRP’s sincerity to fulfill commitment to release their loved ones

GRP unilateral ceasefire not conducive for just peace

In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he will not order the Armed Forces of the Philippines to withdraw from civilian communities, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said “the problem is that there is no let-up in the harassment, threats and perpetuation of terror by soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in rural communities.” 

GRP accountable for death of ailing political prisoner

“Accountability on the death of political prisoner Bernabe Ocasla lies squarely on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. Instead of immediately fulfilling its commitment to release all political prisoners, especially the ailing and elderly political prisoners, the Duterte administration, through its GRP peace panel, have spewed mere rhetorics instead of actually releasing them. We express our condolences with the family of Bernabe Ocasla. We mourn for yet another political prisoner who died in detention, because of the State’s continuing injustice against them,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General. 

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