Press statement

On Duterte's alleged order not to release information on activist killings to CHR

We are aware that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been conducting investigations on the attacks and killings of human rights defenders based on the complaints filed before their offices and on the testimonies given during their public inquiry in September 2019.

Karapatan on Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement on the killing of activists Zara Alvarez and Randy Echanis

We are revolted at the Duterte administration’s doubletalk. While Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denounced violence against activists, his cohorts in Malacañang including President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict had been on record several times ordering and inciting violence on us. This pervasive and harmful rhetoric has been so publicized that the whole world knows it.

Karapatan: NDFP peace consultants targets of Duterte’s bloodhounds

The brutal and grisly murders of peace consultant Randall Echanis and Louie Tagapia, a neighbor who just happened to be around, are recent indications of the surely-to-be-denied shoot-to-kill and take-no-prisoner policy of the Duterte government. Operation Tokhang has certainly gone beyond supposed drug users.

Salute, Ka Fidel Agcaoili!

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), Karapatan, Hustisya and Desaparecidos join the human rights community and peace advocates in mourning the untimely demise of Fidel Agcaoili on July 23, 2020. When we first heard the news of his passing, the first response was stunned silence. Then came the tears — soft and shared by the people he served well and inspired in the long, continuing struggle for just and lasting peace.

Karapatan’s reaction on President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th SONA

Mr. President, if indeed you do not evade your human rights obligations, why opt out of the Rome Statute when investigation on your alleged crimes against humanity was initiated? Why do you continue to malign and undermine United Nations Special Procedures who seek to visit and investigate the rights violations in the Philippines? Why did you not allow United Nations High Commissioner Bachelet to come in the country to directly talk to victims? 

Joint Statement: China and Hong Kong: Repeal the National Security Law, respect rights and freedoms in Hong Kong

We, the undersigned 27 civil society organisations, are deeply concerned with the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong. We call on the Governments of China and Hong Kong to repeal this law, which severely clamps down on the rights of the Hong Kong people.

Karapatan reaction to the denial of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

Today marks a dark day on press freedom and democracy in the Philippines—and a sign of even darker days to come as the fascist Duterte regime rabidly unleashes its consecutive attacks on the people from the signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act into law just a few days ago, and now, the rubber stamp Congress' denial of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. 

Karapatan's reaction to Duterte’s signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 into law

Rodrigo Duterte didn't even wait for the bill to lapse into law anymore: he knows his time is running short and opposition to his fascist rule is growing stronger by the day that he now desperately needs the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to conduct his all-out crackdown on dissent.

Condemn racist attacks and police brutality in the US! — Karapatan

Karapatan expresses solidarity with the American people and with various people’s movements all over the world in condemning the spate of ruthless racist attacks and police brutality on anti-racism protests in the United States following the murder of Black men and women such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

On the guilty verdict vs Maria Ressa and Rey Santos Jr

The conviction of Rappler’s Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. on cyber-libel charges has dire implications on the state of press freedom and the people’s right to information and freedom of expression in the Philippines. 

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