Press statement

SC decision on EDCA reaffirms need to assert sovereignty

The Supreme Court final decision declaring the constitutionality of the US-PH Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement reaffirms the need for the Filipino people to continue asserting Philippine sovereignty and an independent and nationalist foreign policy," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said in reaction to the recent SC decision on EDCA.

The main provisions of EDCA on agreed locations for US personnel rotational basing and for US facilities and war materiel will strengthen US influence and control in the Philippines," Palabay said. 

Karapatan statement on the acquittal of GMA on plunder charges

"#BoySisi, with all his fault-finding against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, failed to convict her. BS Aquino only used Arroyo as an excuse for his inefficiency and ineptitude in governance, and pursued charges against Arroyo only for show,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, in reaction to the Supreme Court decision acquitting Arroyo from plunder charges. 

BS Aquino gov’t response to disaster victims—leave them to die or kill them

“Just like in the crisis brought about by typhoons Yolanda and Pablo, BS Aquino’s daang matuwid has again proven itself worthless and the ultimate disaster in the lives of the Filipino people. The farmer-victims of the El Niño phenomenon in North Cotabato who are starving because of the government’s incompetence in handling the calamity have become victims of state terrorism,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said. 

NFHM Kidapawan 

Free Palestinian journalist Mohammed al Qeeq, free all Palestinian and Filipino political prisoners

Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights - Philippines strongly condemns the atrocious practices and treatment of the Israeli occupation entity to Palestininan political prisoners. We particularly call for the immediate release of prisoner Mohammed al Qeeq, a journalist on hunger strike for 85 days now. He has lost his eyesight and hearing, and is reported to be close to death in the hospital bed of HaEmek in Afula.  

Mohammed al Qeeq on hunger strikeEduardo Serrano

Photo credits: Samidoun Political Prisoners Network; PinoyWeekly 

Political prisoner Eduardo Serrano laid to rest as a hero

With his family, friends and comrades in struggle, we grieved as we laid our beloved Eduardo Ka “Edikk” Serrano to rest on January 17, 2015 in his hometown in Camarines Sur. 

Eduardo Serrano 

Free Khalida Jarrar, free all Palestinian political prisoners!

Free All Palestinian Political Prisoners

We, in Commission 3 (Defense of Human Rights at the Collective and Individual Levels in the Civil. Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Fields) of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), vehemently condemn the continuing persecution of Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, former executive director and current vice-chair of the board of directors of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. 

The truth can never be concealed

By their incessant and orchestrated hurling of calumny and red-tagging, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its agents attempted to malign the work of Karapatan through columns in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and other dailies, news websites such as Rappler and social media. Thanks but no thanks. Thank you because the issues were brought to the fore and gave the public the opportunity to ruminate and understand them.

Independent probe on Mamasapano incident should include civilian casualties — Karapatan

“BS Aquino’s ‘business as usual’ and calloused attitude reared its ugly head once again. This time, on his own men killed in Mamasapano. He has shown the same insensitivity to the victims of human rights violations under his rule; and, the same indifference to the victims of typhoon Yolanda,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

Foul reactionary and repressive moves of jail authorities against our hunger strike

Statement of the Political Prisoners at Camp Bagong Diwa
January 15, 2015

For five days before the visit of Pope Francis I to our country, we, political prisoners at the Special Intensive Care Area 1 Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa, have been on partial hunger strike to express our urgent plea for freedom, justice and human rights. Now, on the day of arrival of Pope Francis I, up to the day of his departure, we, jailed advocates of freedom, justice, people's interest and peace have escalated our form of struggle to total hunger strike.

Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III--End Impunity Now!

Ampatuan massacre (Nov. 13, 2009). Hacienda Luisita massacre (Nov. 16, 2004). Supertyphoon Yolanda (Nov. 8, 2013). Murder of botanist Leonard Co and his companions (Nov. 15, 2010). Murder of campus journalist and human rights worker Benjaline Hernandez (birthday on Nov. 21). The brutal killing of Jennifer Laude (40th day on Nov. 20, 2014).  

The month of November reminds us of all these tragedies and each bears an ugly label: Impunity.  

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