Press statement

Karapatan denounces Gestapo-like raids of NGO offices in Tacloban City

Karapatan denounces the arrest of our National Council member for Eastern Visayas Alexander Philip Abinguna along with four other human rights defenders, in the course of Gestapo-like police raids of our chapter’s office in Tacloban City and that of other people’s organizations.

Karapatan decries attacks on UCCP-Haran, Lumad evacuees; calls for the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC

Karapatan deplores the attack of paramilitary group Alamara on the more than 500 Lumad evacuees, including at least 236 children and infants, and individuals housed at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran (UCCP-Haran) in Davao City this morning, January 25, 2019. 

On the abrogation of the VFA

The abrogation of the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement, along with other lopsided military agreements such as the US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty and the US-RP Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, is a long-overdue measure to assert the country’s national sovereignty. 

Karapatan statement on the 1000th day of Senator De Lima’s unjust incarceration

As today marks the 1000th day of the incarceration of Sen. Leila de Lima, Karapatan expresses its solidarity in the call for her immediate release and for the dismissal of the trumped-up charges filed against her. 

Hustisya-Bukidnon responds to malicious accusations against anti-Duterte rallyists

On July 23, 2019 the website of the Philippine News Agency posted an article titled "Army provided food to abandoned, hungry anti-State of the Nation Address (SONA) ral

Karapatan hits recent state-sponsored attacks against human rights defenders

It is with deep rage that we view the state-perpetrated attacks against human rights defenders as a dangerous precedent to crackdown and go after anyone who refuses to cower in fear amidst the social unrest brought out by Duterte’s inhumane policies.   

Karapatan to Esperon: Quit scapegoating

It has come to our attention that National Security Adviser Hemogenes Esperon Jr. has singled out Karapatan as a “legal front” of the Communist Party of the Philippines. This is not the first time that a government official has done so, following the President’s own statement last July 25, 2019 that Karapatan “deserves to be hit.” We have repeatedly expressed the seriousness and the dangers of red-tagging, particularly for human rights workers on the ground. Under this government, 11 human rights workers under Karapatan have already been killed. We are not some legal front, but an alliance of human rights organizations and advocates that have relentlessly continued to expose the crimes and violations of state forces across all administrations.

UN HRC Adoption of Reso on PH a Sign of Defiance vs Govt's Fake News, Disinformation and Threats

Karapatan, alongside people’s organizations, members of civil society, and human rights victims and their families, lauds and thanks the 18 States that defied the fake news, disinformation, and threats as they voted for the adoption of the Iceland-led resolution on the Philippines. Maraming salamat po. 

Filipino Rights Workers Urge International Community to Stand by the Victims Amidst the Charivari, Calumny and Callousness

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - The resolution tabled by Iceland and supported by many States at the current 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to comprehensively and methodically address the horrendous extrajudicial killings and the plethora of rights violations in the Philippines is a highly significant international initiative.

 

Statement of Honey Mae Suazo, former secretary general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao, on the lies by Parlade and the AFP

As former secretary general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao, I am being accused by Gen. Antonio Parlade and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
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