Press statement

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.

“Relive historical lessons:” On World Press Freedom Day 2022, Karapatan calls for rejection of Marcos-Duterte tandem

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Karapatan stands with journalists, media practitioners, and advocates of freedom of expression and press freedom in the Philippines and worldwide, in commemorating World Press Freedom Day 2022.

Karapatan reasserts call to free Senator De Lima as key witness retracts allegations

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The unjust detention of Senator Leila De Lima has been made more pronounced by the retraction of testimony by former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos, a witness in one of the cases against the detained senator. Karapatan urges the court to revisit its decision dismissing De Lima’s motion to dismiss by way of demurrer, in the case where Ragos served as prosecution witness.

Karapatan asserts call to fight for workers’ rights, reject anti-worker Marcos-Duterte tandem

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As Espinosa recants allegations, Karapatan asserts call to free Senator De Lima

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The call to free Senator Leila De Lima has never been more urgent. Kerwin Espinosa’s recantation of his allegations against Senator De Lima only further proves that, like hundreds of other political prisoners in the Philippines, her unjust incarceration is based on lies.

Karapatan asserts call to #JunkTerrorLaw

The terror law is a dangerous piece of legislation which directly harms our basic rights and freedoms. By denying with finality our motions for reconsideration, the Supreme Court has upheld the law’s most draconian provisions — from the vague and overbroad definition of “terrorism,” the arbitrary powers of the Anti-Terrorism Council to designate and freeze assets of individuals and organizations tagged as “terrorists,” and the 24-day period of warrantless detention.

Karapatan reasserts call to hold Duterte, NTF-ELCAC accountable for murder of Evangelista couple in Bloody Sunday raids

Karapatan joins the families of slain fisherfolk leaders Ariel Evangelista and Ana-Mariz “Chai” Lemita-Evangelista today in their calls for justice and accountability as the 17 policemen involved in the killing of the couple during the Bloody Sunday raids once again face the preliminary investigations on the murder charges against them.

Karapatan lauds conviction of Bayles soldier-killers, Manila court dismissal of motion for recon in travelling-skeletons case

Karapatan lauds the conviction of the two soldiers of the 61st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, namely Private First Class (PFC) Rafael Cordova (a.k.a. Roger Bajon) and PFC Reygine Laus (a.k.a. Ronnie Caurino), on the murder of human rights activist Benjamin Bayles, a member of the September 21 Movement-Negros. Bayles was also a lay minister of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and a coordinator of Bayan Muna Party-list.

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