Karapatan

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. 

Appeal for support for Mamanwa communities forcibly evacuated due to military operations

Dear friends and fellow rights advocates,

Greetings!

Military elements from the 30th and 38th IBPA and the 3rd Special Forces of the 402nd Brigade have encamped in civilian communities in the mountain areas of Cabadbaran and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte and Alegria in Surigao del Norte. The soldiers have occupied public places, and are staying in civilian houses with the residents. Soldiers, in combat alert mode, held civilians at gunpoint, using them as shields and indiscriminately firing high-powered firearms at populated areas. 

HLI leaders and farmers victims of both Arroyo and Aquino

“It’s plain and simple harassment of the farmers, who are the legitimate owners of the land in Hacienda Luisita,” said Karapatan today on the warrant of arrest  issued by the Tarlac Municipal Trial Court against Lito Bais, chairperson of the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU). Bais, along with 22 other farmer-leaders in Hacienda Luisita were charged with ‘grave coercion’ after they occupied parts of the Hacienda Luisita which was sold by the Cojuangcos to the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC).

Philippine UPR Watch delegation to ask US Congressional Offices to investigate VFA

NEW YORK CITY (March 21) – As P-Noy welcomes the presence of more U.S. troops in the country, two Philippine bishops and a former political prisoner is now in Washington, D.C. and are scheduled to meet with U.S. Congressional offices to lobby for an investigation on the connection between U.S. military aid to the Philippines and human rights violations. The group is also trying to work out an audience with the White House.

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