Karapatan

On the 9th death anniversary of Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy, families still cry for Justice

On the ninth year of Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy’s killing, Karapatan echoed the  call of the victims’ relatives and people’s organization for the P-Noy government to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) and seriously find and jail former Major Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. who is responsible for the death of the two.

P-Noy resorts to arrests of John/Jane Doe’s to criminalize political activities

Karapatan expressed outrage over the successive arrests of Renante Gamara, a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) and Alex Arias, a leader of peasant group PUMALAG, in Southern Tagalog. Both are now detained on charges of kidnapping and double murder. Gamara was arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on April 3 and, after four days, on April 7, Arias was abducted and surfaced by the 1st Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army after six days of captivity. 

Promotion of General Segovia another affront to human rights

Karapatan deplores and protests the Aquino government’s promotion of Maj. Gen. Jorge Segovia, commander of the 10th Infantry “Agila” Division and will soon replace the outgoing chief, Lt. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

P-Noy’s alert on Nokor’s ‘rocket launch’ more political than a disaster contingency measure

“The P-Noy government is parroting the US government’s line against North Korea and the alarmist way by which the government is supposedly preparing for its contingency measures is more political in nature—an imagined scenario meant to justify the continued and more aggressive US military intervention in the country,” today said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan chairperson.   

Go after the fugitives Palparan and Reyes, not ordinary citizens and activists

As the P-Noy government continues to display its leniency on the case of the two high-profile fugitives, former Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. and former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, it has on the other hand, arrested eight people, including a minor, on the basis of trumped up charges such as kidnapping, rebellion, illegal possession of firearms, robbery in band and terrorism.  

Are government and military officials exempted from arrest under P-Noy?

Karapatan, with Hustisya and Desaparecidos, today asked those commuting to the provinces to help find fugitive Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. in places where they are spending the Lenten Season. Members of the rights groups and relatives of the victims of rights violations went to several bus stations along EDSA in Cubao to distribute ‘Wanted Palparan’ flyers. The action was part of the People’s Manhunt on Palparan, that was launched three months ago when the Malolos Regional Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest against Palparan.

Oplan Bayanihan in full swing

Karapatan today said in a media briefing that there is a marked and alarming increase in the number of human rights violations involving children due to the ongoing massive and intense military operations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the rural areas.

Arrest and jail rapists in the AFP

“That Capt. Danilo Lalin of the 50th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army was simply ‘relieved from duties’ is a pathetic response from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) considering the damage he wrought on the life of  Isabel, the 16-year old rape victim in Mankayan, Benguet. This is not the first time that members of the AFP have committed such heinous crime against women and minors,” said Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Karapatan and Tanggol Bayi (association of women human rights defenders).

Pullout military and paramilitary troops in peasant and indigenous communities

In a picket at the gates of Camp Aguinaldo today, Karapatan raised the alarm over the series of forced evacuation of hundreds peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao due to intense military operations in their ancestral lands.

Rights violations under GMA and Palparan continue to surface

The more than a thousand cases of extrajudicial killings and hundreds of disappearances, and other rights violations cases documented under the Gloria Arroyo regime may be smaller than the actual incidents that happened, said Karapatan. “Some victims and their relatives are only able to report now out of fear of military reprisal because the military have not left their communities. But as these state-sponsored atrocities continue to happen under P-Noy’s watch, the victims and relatives have no other choice but to speak out now,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. 
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