Karapatan asks PNP: where is Dr. Naty Castro?

From the left: Michelle Campos, Karapatan Secretary Geenral Cristina Palabay, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst, and Dr. Maria Natividad “Naty” Castro

URGENT ALERT: Arrest of Dr. Maria Natividad “Naty” Castro

At 9:30 a.m. today, February 18, 2022, Dr. Ma. Natividad Marian Castro was arrested by elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines allegedly based on an arrest warrant on trumped up charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in Caraga. The cops forcibly entered the Castro family home in San Juan City.

Karapatan lauds recent European Parliament resolution on the human rights situation in PH

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Karapatan welcomes the recent adoption of the European Parliament resolution on February 17, 2022 renewing its condemnation of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations in the Philippines, as well as threats, harassment, red-tagging and violence against human rights defenders, journalists, trade unionists, church and humanitarian workers.

On Marcos Jr.’s responses at the SMNI forum

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Fascists never learn.

Karapatan calls on JBC to rescind nomination of “search warrant factory” judge

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to rescind its nomination of Vice Executive Judge Jose Lorenzo Dela Rosa for the position of Associate Justice in Court of Appeals, as the group asserted that the judge should be held accountable for using his court to be a “search warrant factory,” particularly those used during the Bloody Sunday raids in Southern Tagalog in March 2021 as well as the raids in indigenous Tumandok communities in Panay in December 2020.

Karapatan slams Badoy, NTF-ELCAC threat of legal action vs Rappler

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Karapatan denounces this yet another unhinged but dangerous threat by Undersecretary Lorraine Partosa Badoy, spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), on the task force’s planned legal action against Rappler for the exercise of its role in fact-checking.

“Back off!” rights group tells NTF-ELCAC amid threats, harassment vs progressive partylists, communities in need of aid

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Rights group Karapatan scored the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) amid reports of threat, harassment of progressive partylists, as the election campaign begins in less than a week.

Karapatan slams Robin Padilla’s comments on EJKs in anti-crime operations

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Senatorial candidate and actor Robin Padilla should be made aware that extrajudicial killings are considered unlawful and, in the context of armed conflict, can even be treated as war crimes under international human rights instruments.

This is not a movie, Mr. Padilla, where one just conjures fight scenes and be well after every shoot.

Karapatan urges CHR to investigate killing of NDFP consultant Pedro Codaste

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Karapatan calls on CHR to investigate escalating rights violations before election campaign period

Human rights watchdog Karapatan condemned the escalating violations on human rights and international humanitarian law throughout the country reported in the past week, as the group called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate these violations especially as the country prepares for the start of the official campaign period for the upcoming 2022 elections.

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