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Karapatan raised issue of Lumad to UN, calls for probe

"We want international bodies to know what is happening in Mindanao—that the Lumad, in defense of their land, are being killed and forced to leave their communities," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.

Human Rights groups with Chaloka Beyani 

Karapatan brought to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council the killing of Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and ALCADEV school director Emerito Samarca. Karapatan asked for an investigation on the killings and the evacuation of almost 3,000 Lumad in Surigao del Sur through letters* sent to Dr. Chaloka Beyani, SR on the Promotion of the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons; Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur (SR) on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Michel Forst, SR on Situation of Human Rights Defenders; and Victoria Lucia Tauli-Corpuz, SR on Rights of the Indigenous People's. "We are asking the UN HRC to investigate and recommend actions to the Philippine Government on these issues," Palabay added.

SONA 2015 Urgent Plea from Women of NZ, Australia to Aquino: Free Miradel Torres & Baby Karl, Free All Political Prisoners

In an open letter, twenty-five (25) rights defenders including 17 women’s rights advocates from various groups along with leaders of solidarity organisations in Australia and New Zealand sent urgent plea for Philippine government to release unjustly detained women activists especially Miradel Torres, a young mother separated from her 8-month old son.  (Full text below)
 

US-based org says promotion of generals with rights violation leads to impunity

June 3, 2015

The Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines (EANP) has just published the report, "The Path to Promotion in the Armed Forces Philippines: Vilification Campaigns, Human Rights Abuses, and Impunity".

ALRC, KARAPATAN to UNHRC: Spate of killings in PH remains

On the eve of the submission of the joint statement of the Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) and Karapatan to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, the Calago couple was killed and burned by elements of the 11th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.  

Hands off human rights defenders! Free all political prisoners!

Quezon City, Philippines – Today, KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights and Hustisya join 95 organizations in more than 43 countries in the Global Civic Day of Action spearheaded by Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation. 

Suspension of Mary Jane’s execution, a product of people’s action

“The reprieve for Mary Jane Veloso is a show of the power of the collective action of the Filipino people and the international community. Indeed, a people united will never be defeated,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.

#SaveMaryJaneVeloso

“BS Aquino has no moral authority to claim this victory as his. We maintain that the inept leadership of BS Aquino has put Mary Jane’s life on the line. The time to account has come, Mr. President,” Palabay continued. Karapatan said that “the tireless efforts of Filipino migrant workers and their families, the brilliant public interest lawyering of human rights lawyers, and the unwavering persistence of the broad public, both within and outside the country, became one strong force behind this temporary victory.”

Palabay scored BS Aquino as “A few hours before Mary Jane Veloso’s execution, BS Aquino’s arrival speech from the ASEAN leaders’ meeting in Malaysia dealt extensively on the ASEAN resolutions on the disputed islands in the South China Sea; and dished out three sentences on Mary Jane. A true-blue stooge of the US government, it is a shame that BS Aquino’s primary agenda in the ASEAN leaders’ meeting was that of his master US’ interest in the South China Sea more than that of saving the life of Mary Jane Veloso.”

“The government did not do enough as it would want us to believe. It did not do enough to save the life of Mary Jane; it did not do anything to prevent the many Mary Janes from leaving the country. By doing nothing about the poverty situation in the country, by allowing foreign corporations to plunder the country’s remaining resources, and perpetuating corruption in the bureaucracy, BS Aquino is responsible for the diaspora of thousands of Filipinos who would rather risk their lives in other countries than stay at home and die of hunger,” Palabay said.

While harping on the heroism of overseas Filipino workers, Palabay said, the government is only interested in the remittances of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that sustain the country’s economy. “The government only sees the OFWs as its milking cows, a source of bureaucratic corruption, but neglectful of the hardships the OFWs and their families go through each day of their lives.” 

An Open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis! -Filipino Migrants Austria

An Open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis! Greetings of peace and love from Filipino migrants in Austria on the occasion of your coming visit to the Philippines from the 15th to the 19th of January 2015.

We rejoice in your leadership marked by humble service to God and His creation and by a boldness that is ready to challenge power and tradition whenever it is called for.

A Message of the US-based National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns

Contact Person:
Nerissa N. Allegretti
Mobile No: (1) 773.931.0891
Email: allegrettineris@yahoo.com

14th January 2015

Open Letter to Pope Francis:
A Message of the US-based National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns

Your Holiness,

Greetings of Peace!

Fasting in Solidarity with Political Prisoners in the Philippines

The Centre d'appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns calls on its members and supporters to join in a 24-hr fast starting at 6 pm Saturday, January 17 until 6 pm Sunday, January 18, 2015 in solidarity with political prisoners in the Philippines.
 
 

VFA blocks justice for Laude's murder

At the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations’ hearing

"The killing of transgender woman Jennifer Laude by a US serviceman is a heinous violation of human rights," Karapatan secretary general, Cristina Palabay, told the Senate today during the hearing  initiated by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Relations. 

Joseph Scott Pemberton Junk VFA

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