No improvement of GPH human rights record under Noynoy

Human rights group Karapatan today belied the statement of Dept. of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario who said that the “significant decline of extrajudicial killings in the country,” is the result of the actions taken by the Philippine government “to improve the human rights situation in the country.”

Karapatan to AFP: You may fool the US govt but not the Filipino people

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez today chided the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) saying that, “in its bid to get additional military support from the US government, the AFP shamelessly resorts to spinning yarn by claiming that ‘human rights violators in the AFP have been punished.”

Torture, criminal raps vs GMA, PNP, AFP officials filed

Jane Balleta 

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.

Police brutality and military terror trademark of P-Noy's Oplan Bayanihan

Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader from Surigao del Sur, expressed sympathy with the urban poor victims of police brutality in yesterday’s demolition at the Silverio Compound in Sucat, Paranaque. Genasque Enriquez spoke in a press conference on behalf of the 130 bakwet or internal refugees and other delegates to the conference on Internally Displaced People held in Quezon City. The bakwet find strong affinity with the residents of Silverio compound as they likened the urban poor situation to the situation of the bakwet.

Massacre, violent demolition in Silverio condemned; Rights Groups to PNoy: Make Bernabe, PNP, Henry Sy accountable

The End Impunity Alliance, Promotion for Church People’s Response, and Karapatan vehemently condemned the massacre and violent demolition of residents of Silverio Compound in Paranaque City this morning, as the 23,000 population of the said area defended their legitimate right to housing against the so-called “development plans” of the local government and SM mogul Henry Sy.

Bakwit, HR advocates gather for nat’l confab on internal refugees

Some 150 human rights advocates, religious,church people and bakwit, or internal refugees or internally displaced persons (IDP) from Visayas and Mindanao, will gather at the National Conference on Internally Displaced Persons or Internal Refugees on April 23-24 at Jansenn Hall, Christ the King Seminary.

Bakwit is a colloquial Filipino term from the English word “evacuate,” pertaining to victims of forced evacuation.

Misdirected not “weak” intel work of PNP-AFP hampers hunt for Palparan

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez today said that “it is not weak but a misdirected intelligence work that the AFP-PNP is doing.” Hilao-Enriquez’ statement is in response to the Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s  amazed observation on why the government has not yet found the high profile fugitives especially Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr.  

Karapatan to P-Noy and AFP: Bring out and Jail Palparan

Karapatan spokesperson and End Impunity convenor Cristina Palabay today said that “with the recent Order of the Malolos Regional Trial Court denying Gen. Jovito Palparan’s  Omnibus Motion for preliminary investigation, to quash/recall the warrant of arrest, hold departure order, and to suspend proceedings, it is more incumbent now on Pres. Noynoy Aquino and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to bring out Palparan from hiding, and immediately arrest and prosecute him and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario.”
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