Press statement

Rejoinder to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

Our first brilliant idea is to give Jonathan Malaya a refresher on reading comprehension. It was the Philippine National Police Cybercrime Division together with barangay officials that accommodated the malicious allegations of Joshua Molo’s former teachers and they were the ones that coerced him into filming an apology video repudiating his criticism of the government.

Karapatan decries harassment of student journalist

Human rights group Karapatan decries the harassment of a student journalist who posted online regarding his comments on government response on the coronavirus pandemic.

Karapatan urges: #TulongHindiKulong

The poor were asking for food, looking for the promised food aid because they are already suffering from unbearable hunger. Instead of addressing their righteous plea, the police violently arrested them and the filing of cases against them are quickly fast-tracked.

Karapatan raises alarm as Cordillera police echoes Duterte’s shoot-to-kill order vs ‘communist organizers’

We strongly condemn the threats directed by the Regional Philippine National Police Office in Cordillera against alleged “communist organizers” in the region. Initial reports revealed that Regional Director Police Brigadier General R’win Pagkalinawan ordered police snipers to shoot individuals who “unnecessarily organize the masses at this time” of health crisis in the country.

Karapatan: More rights violations to come with Duterte’s “shoot them dead” order

President Rodrigo Duterte seems to be so threatened of the brewing social unrest of his own doing because his government is failing in addressing the people's legitimate demands for socio-economic aid and relief amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Karapatan condemns killing of peasant leader in Surigao del Sur

Karapatan condemns the killing of 66-year-old Nora Apique, a peasant leader of the Kapunungan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Surigao del Sur (a member organization of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas), at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Karapatan: Duterte’s bid for emergency powers is a bid for potential abuse of power

With the worsening crisis brought by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the government needs to pour in all of its resources to formulate the urgent and necessary public health and economic measures to mitigate the alarming transmission of the disease.

Filipino women unite against a fascist and sexist president —Karapatan

On the commemoration of International Women’s Day today, March 8, the world honors women, recognize their achievements and contributions in building their communities and their countries in general, even as they continue to bear the primary burden of keeping hearth and home.

But as we honor them, we note with alarm the risks, threats and the dangers to women’s lives and well-being confronted by women as we exercise our rights and freedoms.

Karapatan slams revival of dismissed perjury case vs rights defenders

Today, March 3, 2020, leaders of Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela posted bail on the trumped-up perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 37.

Rejoinder to Parlade

In a statement released to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) last Sunday, February 23, following the shooting-to-death of a certain Antonio Benson, aka “Hazel” and “Pita”, by the New People’s Army (NPA), Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., chief of the Philippine Army’s Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), named “Karapatan, NUPL, Gabriela and others” accountable for the actions of the NPA.

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