Press statement

Political detainees Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria on trumped up multiple murder charge against them

Labis na nagpapasulak ng dugo ang gawa-gawang kasong multiple murder na isinampa laban sa amin at iba pa naming kasamahan. 

Response of Tiamzon and Austria to Rina Jimenez-David’s column on “Cats and Dogs”

In her April 1 column “Dogs and Cats”, Ms. Rina Jimenez-David has given a smirking take on our arrest. She has chosen to skim through the froth of the official version, or rather official versions of the arrest and related issues and in doing so, she has joined in muddling some real questions.

Human rights abuses in PH abetted by US

Karapatan said the US State Department report on the human rights abuses in the Philippines is “hypocritical”, saying the US is also responsible for the said abuses through military aid, deployment of troops and a counterinsurgency program that is the blueprint of Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan. 

Appointment of woman police general to HR Claims Board scored

Women rights group Tanggol Bayi criticized the recent appointment of Gen. Lina Sarmiento of the Philippine National Police as chair of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board that shall process the recognition and reparation of Martial Law victims.

AFP, DepEd engage in doubletalk in guidelines on military activities in schools to justify AFP attacks vs children - Karapatan

The BS Aquino administration once again demonstrates its propensity for double talk with the recent guidelines released by the Department of Education and the Armed Forces of the Philippines on military activities in schools to justify the continuing military attacks and human rights violations against children issued on December 13 and July 15, 2013 – just as how it tries to hoodwink the Filipino people into believing its lies on the president’s popularity ratings through its unbelievable surveys. 

Karapatan slams the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers in Hong Kong

Karapatan stands in solidarity with thousands of migrant workers in Hong Kong who marched for justice for domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih of Indonesia on 19 January 2013. We support their call for Erwiana Sulistyaningsih‘s employers and recruitment agencies to face justice and for reform in laws which prevent domestic workers from reporting abusive employers and agencies.

Karapatan expresses solidarity with Cambodian workers

KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines strongly condemns the violence inflicted by the Cambodian armed forces against protesting workers in Cambodia. Years of exploitation of the workers through sub-standard working conditions and untenable minimum wages have pushed the Cambodian workers to exercise their legitimate right to strike and peacefully express their demands through the protests. Karapatan likewise condemns the prodding and support of foreign governments, such as the South Korean government, and corporations for the exercise and use of lethal force by the Cambodian government against its citizens. The brute force being used by the Cambodian government to quell the legitimate actions by workers violates the rights of the workers as enshrined in international human rights conventions.


NEW ZEALAND--August 30 is International Day of the Disappeared. Tomorrow, Ninoy Aquino Day will again be observed on August 21, commemorating the life and death of Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. On this occasion, the Philippines solidarity network together with faith-based justice and peace advocates in New Zealand reiterate appeal for Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III to end human rights abuses.

CHR Chair acting like PNP-AFP spokesperson should resign

“Ms. Etta Rosales should immediately resign from her post as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights as she is acting more like the spokesperson of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, instead of fulfilling the mandate of her office. Etta Rosales has been repeatedly remiss in her responsibilities, and in the process, justified the violation of the rights of the Filipino people to freedom of speech, of expression and the right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances as enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the Philippine Constitution.”

CHR Rosales 

Open Letter to the Tejada Family

March 21, 2013

To the Tejada Family,

We would like to express our sincerest condolences on the loss of your family. 
We see Kristel's death as an epitome of a hundred broken promises of this government to its people.
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