Press statement

Karapatan denounces CA affirmation of Maria Ressa’s cyberlibel conviction

The Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the cyberlibel conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. sends the chilling and dangerous message to journalists and the public that those who expose and speak against the misdeeds of those in power will face retaliation.

Marcoses’ shameless display of opulence, blatant efforts to distort history signs of worse things to come

The Marcoses are back, and five days on under the Marcos Jr.’s administration, it seems like they have never left: Imelda is once again partying inside the halls of Malacañang in a shameless display of opulence amid worsening poverty brought by soaring inflation and the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities.

Karapatan welcomes release of rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas

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Karapatan welcomes the release of our Southern Tagalog human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas after 16 months in prison. Her release was based on a decision by Judge Cesar Benagua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 37 of Calamba City granting her demurrer to evidence and thereby acquitting her of the trumped up charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

SEC order to shut down Rappler, attacks on independent media lay groundwork for digital martial law

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Karapatan denounces arrest of farmers, advocates in Brgy. Tinang

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Karapatan denounces the arrests of at least 93 farmers, peasant rights advocates including human rights workers and artists, and journalists in relation to the activity of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Brgy. Tinang, Concepcion, Tarlac yesterday morning of June 9, 2022.

Karapatan welcomes CA’s affirmation of Palparan’s conviction

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Karapatan welcomes the Court of Appeals First Division decision affirming the conviction of butcher Palparan and cohorts. This recent legal victory affirms the need to pursue justice and accountability through and through — despite threats, harassment, reprisals, and patronage by those in power of these human rights violators.

Karapatan refutes Lorenzana: Duterte admin leaves a legacy of impunity, rights crisis in PH

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On the proclamation of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte

With the proclamation of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte as president and vice president respectively, we can only expect the worst of times for the state of human rights, justice and accountability in the Philippines, as well as the best of times for the struggle and resistance against tyranny, oppression and genuine democracy.

Karapatan condemns attempted violent dispersal of protest at CHR

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Reject Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte in the elections and beyond!

We call on the public to express our rejection of the Marcos Jr.-Sara Duterte tandem in the 2022 polls and beyond.

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