Karapatan

Karapatan calls for an end to US aggression in Iran, Iraq

Karapatan strongly condemns the United States’ latest act of aggression against Iran and Iraq which clearly violates people’s rights, especially the right to self-determination of the people of Iran and Iraq.

Karapatan decries attacks on UCCP-Haran, Lumad evacuees; calls for the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC

Karapatan deplores the attack of paramilitary group Alamara on the more than 500 Lumad evacuees, including at least 236 children and infants, and individuals housed at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran (UCCP-Haran) in Davao City this morning, January 25, 2019. 

On the abrogation of the VFA

The abrogation of the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement, along with other lopsided military agreements such as the US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty and the US-RP Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, is a long-overdue measure to assert the country’s national sovereignty. 

ABS-CBN shutdown a Marcosian attack on press freedom —Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed its support for the renewal of broadcasting network ABS-CBN's franchise, which is set to expire in March, as the group called on the public to "stand against the Duterte regime's brazen attacks on press freedom and democracy."

"Together with press freedom advocates, journalists, and media workers, Karapatan calls on Congress to pass the bill for the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise," Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor said.

Rights group backs UCCP vs closure attempt on its Davao compound

Human rights group Karapatan condemned the resolution of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region XI, recommending the closure of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) sanctuary for indigenous people in Davao City, calling it “an act of blatant harassment against the displaced Lumad and those who provide sanctuary and support for distressed communities.”

Karapatan welcomes Robredo’s ICAD report, pushes for justice and accountability for “drug war” victims

Human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the release of Vice President Leni Robredo’s report on the “drug war,” in her short stint as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), which showed how the Duterte administration’s brutal and anti-poor drug war has been a “massive failure.”

Conviction of Ampatuan massacre masterminds a long-deserved win for families of victims – Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan welcomed on Thursday, December 19, the conviction of 28 suspects, including Datu Andal Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan, in the infamous Ampatuan massacre that brutally claimed the lives of 58 individuals, including 32 journalists who were supposed to cover the filing of the certificate of candidacy of then gubernatorial bet Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.
 
 
“We welcome the court’s decision to convict Datu Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan Jr.

Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox expresses solidarity with 80-year-old nun Elenita Belardo

Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, the Australian missionary deported by the Bureau of Immigration last November 2018, expressed solidarity with Sr. Elenita Belardo, RGS, an 80-year-old nun facing a trumped-up perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. 
 
Sr. Patricia Fox immersed herself in missionary work in the Philippines for 27 years, but was targeted by the Duterte government for her active involvement in issues of human rights.

On the 71st Int'l Human Rights Day, Karapatan secretary general receives revolting texts, death threats anew

On the evening of December 10, after protests that commemorated the International Human Rights Day, Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay received a call and a series of texts from an unknown number.

Karapatan cites urgency of the human rights crisis in the country, presses for probe and accountability during 2019 IHRD

"There is a human rights crisis in the country. Regardless of the denials and legal acrobatics by the Duterte government, it has made its mark as a murderous regime that disregards people’s rights. This government's record is besmirched with blood, with thousands killed in the sham drug war and counterinsurgency program, thousands displaced by bombings and militarization, hundreds arbitrarily detained and filed with trumped-up charges, and thousands more harassed, red-tagged, and threatened for their activism.
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