Press statement

IALAG abolition does not wash off blood from GMA’s hands

Human rights watchdog Karapatan welcomed the long overdue abolition of the Inter-agency Legal Affairs Group (IALAG). Karapatan claimed that the Philippine government's act of abolishing IALAG is  but a confirmation that  the agency has time and again been used by state agents to violate human rights.

IALAG, formed by the President through Executive Order 493 in 2006, was tasked to investigate, prosecute, monitor and handle litigation processes of cases involving national security. However, the group has become a government agency responsible for fabricating criminal lawsuits against political activists suspected of being members or supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Human rights workers and advocates were not spared from the legal offensives. 

Now that IALAG is abolished, Karapatan called for the immediate release of the individuals illegally arrested and detained including Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' leaders Randall Echanis and Bernadith Dignos; National Democratic Front peace consultants Randy Felix Malayo and Elizabeth Principe.

People power will deliver us from 'Evil'

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of People Power, we human rights defenders under the banner of Karapatan salute the swelling ranks of Filipinos calling for the removal of the thieving, murderous and puppet Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.

We put our faith in the Filipino people because they yearn for change and work for it, contrary to the administration's "people power fatigue" line which is a self-serving rant from those deathly afraid of suffering the same fate as the late dictator Marcos and plunderer Estrada, both ousted by people power.

Razon, Malacañang et al caught lying through their teeth

The families of victims of enforced disappearance today commiserates with surfaced ZTE scandal witness Rodolfo Lozada Jr. and urge him to be strong enough to tell his story, and prove how the Arroyo regime and its cohorts lied through their teeth.

Strong international pressure against GMA's reeking human rights record is behind decrease in killings

As we tremble at the thought that the President and Commander-In-Chief doesn't have any compunction in violating human rights - as evidenced by the police's abduction yesterday at the airport of a rich and known personality like Mr. Rodolfo Lozada, Jr., star witness to the anomalous ZTE deal -- we are enraged at the systematic, brazen deception that this regime put out to cover up gross human rights violations.

Arroyo’s AFP day speech insults victims, Karapatan to GMA: continued human rights violations are nothing to brag about

The human rights watchdog Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights) assailed Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for attributing the “drastic reduction” of political killings as among the achievements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,saying it is an insult to the victims of rights abuses.

Shoot the Messenger and Save Face

Karapatan’s data and reports, including the Commission on Human Rights in its investigations, the Philippine Congress in its many congressional inquiries, the United Nations in its many committee hearings, among others. Its veracity lies mainly in its reliable documentation of facts and committed teams of documentors and paralegals who expose human rights violations that otherwise would have been committed in complete impunity by its perpetrators.

Military trying to divert attention from their human rights violations


Butuan City – Unable to deny the massive human rights abuses that drove the now almost 3,000 lumad and settlers to evacuate from more than 12 communities, the military has set its sights on Karapatan who is helping to expose the plight of the Surigao del Sur evacuees.

Rights groups call for investigation of mall bombing as they continue to seek justice for other victims of HR violations

Karapatan and Hustisya commiserate with the bereaved families of our eight compatriots killed and 89 injured in the tragic bombing of the Glorietta 2 mall yesterday.

As we gather today in Plaza Salamanca, Manila, to pay tribute to and demand justice for our loved ones, friends and compatriots who were victims of state violence, we likewise join the nation in seeking justice for the victims of the Glorietta 2 bombing.

We join the call for a thorough investigation, arrest, trial and punishment of those responsible for the blast.

Save the lives of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño! Surface them and other desaparecidos!

The families of victims of enforced disappearances under the banner of Desaparecidos and the human rights alliance Karapatan today welcomed the news that the Manalo brothers had escaped their military captors and tormentors. We likewise share the hope of the Cadapan and Empeño families with the news that the Manalo brothers saw Sherlyn and Karen alive.

We laud Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo’s bravery in telling the world of the plight of other compatriots who have been abducted and held in ‘ghost prisons’ by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

`Melo did not get to the bottom of killings' - KARAPATAN

The Melo Commission turned a blind eye on the glaring fact that the extrajudicial killings under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration are a matter of state policy.  It did not get to the bottom of the nationwide, systematic extrajudicial killings that is so rampant, even the international community is alarmed.

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