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

More protests vs. HR, corruption hound BS Aquino in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Vienna--Migrante Europe

More protests greeted BS Aquino as he swings around Europe, this time in Paris, France.
According to Cora Guibernas, a member of the Nagkakaisang Pilipino Sans Papier (NPSP) in Paris, France, which belongs to the MIGRANTE Europe network, Aquino was taken aback when several French solidarity activists for the Philippines and NPSP members raised posters and a big tarpaulin of Aquino's face with the words “Human rights violator” and “Pork barrel king” as he was greeting compatriots outside the church venue where he was to deliver a speech. 

Continuing impunity rains on Aquino’s ‘good governance’ parade in Europe

Days before BS Aquino’s scheduled ‘good governance’ parade during his four-nation European-trip, several Europe-based organizations sent a letter to Malacañang on the prosecution of notorious general Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.

Enough of B. S. Aquino, Corrupt and Brutal Ruler! Never again to another Marcos dictatorship!

(Statement on the visit of BS Aquino to Europe)

BS Aquino’s ‘good governance is good economics’ is anti-people, anti-development—Karapatan

“BS Aquino arrives in Europe to brag about his imagined economic growth and good governance before the international community. Meanwhile, he left a country and a people indignant with the unabated poverty, graft and corruption and human rights violations that mark his regime,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.    

Karapatan calls on European community to join demand for military pullout in Abra

Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay today enjoined the European community to echo the call of military pullout in Abra, specifically in Lacub town, when BS Aquino arrives in Europe for his four-nation trip starting tomorrow, Sept. 13. 

Palparan's arrest does not end AFP's impunity for rights abuses

We in the Asia Pacific Coordinating Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (APCCHRP), a campaign network of human rights advocates in the region, and the Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (HKCAHRPP), a Hong Kong – wide committee of human rights and peace advocates, welcome the arrest of former Gen. Jovito Palparan. Also known as “The Butcher” among human rights defenders, he had evaded arrest for many years after being charged with the abduction, torture and involuntary disappearance of student activists Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan in Central Luzon, Philippines.

International lawyers hit harassment & persecution of Ph rights lawyers

At conclusion of UN rights body session
Geneva, Switzerland – Italian human rights lawyer Micol Savia, Permanent UN Representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) to the United Nations in Geneva decried the continuing intimidation and harassment of human rights lawyers in the Philippines, particularly those working on politically sensitive cases, by security forces of the Philippine government, in an oral intervention during the General Debates recently at the 26th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC).
Atty Micol Savia 

Throwback to Alston Report--Seven Years After: UN Rights Expert Told Impunity Persists in Philippines

06/15/2014, Geneva, Switzerland – Law Prof. Philip Alston, newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Geneva-based country missions of Ireland, Austria, Canada, Norway and The Netherlands met with Filipino rights advocates participating in the 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on the continuing extrajudicial killings, labeling, filing of trumped-up charges against activists, poverty and loss of livelihood of farm workers and forced evictions of urban poor communities in the Philippines.

Alston with PH EcuVoice delegates 

Andrea Rosal case: Mother and Child Plight Raised on UN Rights Body Floor

6/13/2014, Geneva, Switzerland – International civil society organization Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation (Civicus) and Philippine human rights group Karapatan, through Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, jointly responded yesterday to the report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women during the interactive dialogues at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

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