Not everything alright | PH rights group raises HR issues before the UN anew

The Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EcuVoice), a network of human rights defenders and faith-based institutions, will be participating in the 26th sessions of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from June 10 to 17, 2014. 

Oppose US Military Base in Kyoto, Japan! Down with US Imperialism!

In solidarity with the Japanese people, Karapatan strongly denounces the construction of an X-band radar base in Ukawa district, Kyotango City, Kyoto.  This new US base in Japan is in line with the US pivot to Asia and the Pacific for its political, military and trade interests in the region.  A new comprehensive trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which is a follow through to the World Trade Organization that engendered neoliberal globalization, will lay open all remaining trade restrictions of countries in Asia and the Pacific.

GPH’s bid to the UN Human Rights Council shameless

Nakakakilabot ang kapal ng mukha ng gobyernong ito,” is how Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay described the BS Aquino government’s bid for a seat to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for 2016-2018 as announced by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan Garcia.

Ecumenical group to report killings, govt neglect of typhoon victims in PH to UN

Pastor Jerome Baris, National Coordinator,  justice, peace and human rights program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Atty. Ephraim Cortez, deputy secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers 

The Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), a network of human rights and faith-based organizations, will be participating in the 25th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from March 9-20, 2014 to raise the pressing human rights concerns in the Philippines, including the unabated extrajudicial killing of political activists and the Aquino administration’s incompetence in addressing the needs of typhoon Yolanda victims. 

Human rights abuses in PH abetted by US

Karapatan said the US State Department report on the human rights abuses in the Philippines is “hypocritical”, saying the US is also responsible for the said abuses through military aid, deployment of troops and a counterinsurgency program that is the blueprint of Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan. 

Karapatan slams the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers in Hong Kong

Karapatan stands in solidarity with thousands of migrant workers in Hong Kong who marched for justice for domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih of Indonesia on 19 January 2013. We support their call for Erwiana Sulistyaningsih‘s employers and recruitment agencies to face justice and for reform in laws which prevent domestic workers from reporting abusive employers and agencies.

Karapatan expresses solidarity with Cambodian workers

KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines strongly condemns the violence inflicted by the Cambodian armed forces against protesting workers in Cambodia. Years of exploitation of the workers through sub-standard working conditions and untenable minimum wages have pushed the Cambodian workers to exercise their legitimate right to strike and peacefully express their demands through the protests. Karapatan likewise condemns the prodding and support of foreign governments, such as the South Korean government, and corporations for the exercise and use of lethal force by the Cambodian government against its citizens. The brute force being used by the Cambodian government to quell the legitimate actions by workers violates the rights of the workers as enshrined in international human rights conventions.

Blaming the victims

“The Philippines government may have been slow in its response to typhoon Haiyan, but it has been extraordinarily quick in trying to put the blame on others,” said Rev. Canon Barry Naylor, Honorary Chair of the Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines-United Kingdom.courtesy of 

Release Canadian student Kim Chatillon-Meunier from BI detention center

Release Kim!

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) last night arrested Kim Chatillon-Meunier, a 24-year old Canadian student, as she passed through immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for her 7:10pm flight to Hongkong.  She is now detained at the BI detention center at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig.

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