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Karapatan's statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

“The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is an occasion to underscore the internationally recognized right of all men and women to live free from torture.  It is an opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to prohibit torture and all cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”

-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Message for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2010

Today, as the world commemorates the United Nation’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Karapatan through its chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez expressed concern on the continuing practice of torture and ill-treatment being committed by the Philippine State security forces against Filipinos and persons they suspect as  “enemies of the state, terrorists or rebels”, all in the name of “anti-terrorism or national or internal security program .”

“What makes it worst is the AFP’s barefaced denial that they use torture against those whom they arrest and detain, making it appear that the victims and witnesses are liars,” claims Hilao-Enriquez. 
Earlier, Commodore Miguel Rodriguez, AFP spokesperson said that, “torture is not part of AFP policy,” under the present administration and not even under the previous GMA regime, practically washing off the hands of PGMA and her military officials of their bloodied human rights record.

Lie after Lie

“You cannot escape accountability with another lie,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez in reaction to Gen. Eduardo Oban’s statement that there is “no HR (human rights) violations this year.” 

AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Oban earlier said in a news report that Oplan Bayanihan, Aquino’s version of GMA’s Oplan Bantay Laya counter-insurgency program, is  “working” because it abides by ‘’human rights and international humanitarian law.’’ 

“It is an oxymoron to say that a counter-insurgency program is respectful of human rights,” retorts Hilao-Enriquez. “The ordinary folks, whom the President referred to as his boss, are the victims of Oplan Bayanihan—they were displaced from their homes and communities, harassed, arrested and detained, tortured and killed. 

Panata ng Dalawang Ina

Walang inang hindi maghahanap sa kanyang nawawalang anak. Kahit gaano man ito katagal o gaano man ito kahirap. Hindi mawawala sa puso ng inang tulad ko ang pag-asang mahahanap ko si Sherlyn at ang kasama niyang si Karen Empeño at makakamit namin ang katarungan. 

‘END IMPUNITY! Make Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo & Her Cohorts pay for Human Rights Violations!’ – KARAPATAN

Karapatan FULLY SUPPORTS the filing today, April 4, 2011 of the first civil case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and officials under her watch who violated the rights of the Morong 43 community health workers. 

This is just the beginning.  The filing of the civil case does not foreclose nor preclude the filing of criminal cases against her and her officials in the conduct of the nine-year counter-insurgency plan Oplan Bantay-Laya (2001-2010) which has claimed more than a thousand victims killed, abducted, perjured, jailed and tortured. 

GMA “butcher” sued by kin of two missing UP activists

Karen and Sherly's mother file charges against "The Butcher" Gen. Jovito Palparan.

A COMPLAINT supported by the human rights alliance KARAPATAN will be filed before the Department of Justice on the abduction, torture and rape of Sherlyn T. Cadapan and Karen E. Empeño, two University of the Philippines activists who have been missing since 2006.

Erlinda T. Cadapan and Concepcion E. Empeño, mothers of Sherlyn and Karen respectively, are filing the criminal complaint. Named respondents are MGen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. (Ret.), the so-called “butcher” of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, together with Lt. Col. Rogelio Boac, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, 2Lt. Francis Mirabelle Samson, Arnel Enriquez, Donald Caigas and several “John and Jane Does.” 

This is the first countersuit against Palparan after GMA’s term.  Palparan has been tagged as a promoter of extra-judicial killings which claimed more than a thousand lives under Arroyo. This was later criticized strongly by local and international human rights groups and denied repeatedly by state forces.

Karapatan protests at AFP headquarters over recent killings

THE human rights group KARAPATAN picketed the gates of the AFP Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo to denounce the alarming spate of extra-judicial killings (EJK’s) by suspected state security forces.

Karapatan dares PNoy to stop killings as three more activists are slain

The human rights alliance Karapatan denounced the latest extra-judicial killings by suspected state forces of BAYAN MUNA activist Rodel Estrellado of Barangay 3, Malilipot, Albay and B’laan tribal chief Rudy Dejos and his son Rody Rick Dejos of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.


“These are despicable crimes that should be denounced by our people and the international community. As the Aquino government talks peace, his troops are once again on a killing spree,” KARAPATAN spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.

In support of the GPH-NDFP peace talks, Karapatan calls for release of all political prisoners

WITH the formal peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) about to resume this week, the human rights group  KARAPATAN calls on the Aquino administration for the unconditional release of all political prisoners in the country.
“This would be a gesture of goodwill on the part of the government,” KARAPATAN spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.
Militant groups and peace advocates will march to Mendiola on Monday to support the resumption of talks between the government and the NDFP.

Reyes' death should bear on the conscience of the AFP officers' corps -- Karapatan

WITH THE SHOCKING death of former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Angelo Reyes, the human rights group KARAPATAN commiserates and condoles with the family even as it expressed  its regrets “that one uncovered trail of corruption within the AFP has been smeared by blood.”

His death should bear on the conscience of the AFP, particularly its officers’ corps,” Karapatan spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.

Inquiry shows AFP not only rights violators but plunderers as well?

 

Karapatan: Gov't should look beyond the plea bargain

 
KARAPATAN lauds Heidi Mendoza.  She not only upheld government accountability as a public auditor. She dared face the powerful military institution to unravel a can of worms of plunder and corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – at the risk of her own and her family’s security. 

 

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