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Rights group warns vs whitewash on violent demolition in Silverio:BERNABE, PNP ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEATH, PHYSICAL INJURIES, ARRESTS

At least 18 bystanders were picked up and arrested, some 22 persons were wounded including 10 who suffered gunshot wounds, and one person killed. These are some of the cases that were initially documented during the April 27 fact-finding mission at the Silverio Compound in Paranaque City.  The fact-finding mission was conducted jointly by Karapatan and its National Capital Region chapter, National Union of People’s Lawyers, Health Action for Human Rights, and various church institutions and organizations after the violent demolition which occurred in the area last April 23.

What should we expect from the Aquino regime about the stalled peace talks and the repression of detained NDF peace consultants?

by ALAN JAZMINES, detained NDF consultant
PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame, 29 March 2012

We wonder if the administration of Benigno S. Aquino III does enough of serious consideration and work to really promote and push the peace talks, and if indeed it really is interested in the peace process at all. Several indications seem to show the opposite.

Karapatan to AFP: Stop victim blaming

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should stop its habit of blaming the people whose rights are violated in the implementation of its counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan, especially when the victims are children,” asserted Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. 

Our Old Fashioned Typewriters Confiscated By A Bigoted Little Fascist

Last Thursday, February 23, custodial forces led by the chief of the PNP Camp Crame Custodial Center himself, P/Supt. Cesar Magsino, launched a sudden search operation into our detention cells.

PNOY government’s promise to arrest Palparan a “show off”

“The P-Noy government’s failure to arrest the fugitive Gen. Jovito Palparan more than a month after the Regional Trial Court of Bulacan issued a warrant of arrest allows Palparan and his lawyers to play with truth, justice and sadly, the emotions of the mothers of the two missing students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno,” said Jigs Clamor, deputy Secretary General of Karapatan.  

Mendiola dispersal reminiscent of GMA’s CPR, Release the detained students – Karapatan

Condemning the violent dispersal at Mendiola yesterday, human rights group Karapatan called for the release of five protesters who were arrested without charges.

“The Aquino government’s attempt to quell legitimate protests is terribly juvenile and is a classic act of baring the fangs of a repressive regime upon the youth. It is ironic because the nation, including the government, is commemorating the International Human Rights Day,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said. 

Hustisya warns: “More human rights violations to come under new Army Chief”

"There  will be more human rights violations under new Philippine Army Chief Major General Emmanuel Bautista and Oplan Bayanihan," Cristina Guevarra, secretary general of Hustisya (Victims United for Justice) warned the public today.

The President’s men undermine peacetalks—Karapatan

While President Aquino urges Myanmar government to further its reforms in the light of the recent release of some 120 political prisoners in Myanmar, the President’s men issued statements that Malacanang is not inclined to release political prisoners who are in various jails all-over the country for fabricated charges. 

Protecting Big Mining Corporations, Oplan Bayanihan's Style of Development

Jigs Clamor, Karapatan’s Deputy Secretary General said that, “The recent move by the military and the big mining companies to finance military-trained units of SCAA (Special Civilian Active Auxilliary) shows the AFP’s connivance with corporations that plunder the country’s mineral resources.”

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