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Rights group backs UCCP vs closure attempt on its Davao compound

Human rights group Karapatan condemned the resolution of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region XI, recommending the closure of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) sanctuary for indigenous people in Davao City, calling it “an act of blatant harassment against the displaced Lumad and those who provide sanctuary and support for distressed communities.”

Karapatan welcomes Robredo’s ICAD report, pushes for justice and accountability for “drug war” victims

Human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the release of Vice President Leni Robredo’s report on the “drug war,” in her short stint as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), which showed how the Duterte administration’s brutal and anti-poor drug war has been a “massive failure.”

“Who’s stopping visits to political prisoners this Christmas?” rights group laments

Rights group Hustisya lamented the reported disapproval of their requests for friends and supporters to visit political prisoners days before Christmas.

“We are disheartened that we were not able to hold our regular Paskuhan with the political prisoners. We cannot help but ask, who’s stopping spending simple Christmas gatherings with them?” said Evangeline Hernandez, Hustisya chairperson.

Conviction of Ampatuan massacre masterminds a long-deserved win for families of victims – Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan welcomed on Thursday, December 19, the conviction of 28 suspects, including Datu Andal Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan, in the infamous Ampatuan massacre that brutally claimed the lives of 58 individuals, including 32 journalists who were supposed to cover the filing of the certificate of candidacy of then gubernatorial bet Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.
 
 
“We welcome the court’s decision to convict Datu Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan Jr.

Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox expresses solidarity with 80-year-old nun Elenita Belardo

Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, the Australian missionary deported by the Bureau of Immigration last November 2018, expressed solidarity with Sr. Elenita Belardo, RGS, an 80-year-old nun facing a trumped-up perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. 
 
Sr. Patricia Fox immersed herself in missionary work in the Philippines for 27 years, but was targeted by the Duterte government for her active involvement in issues of human rights.

On the 71st Int'l Human Rights Day, Karapatan secretary general receives revolting texts, death threats anew

On the evening of December 10, after protests that commemorated the International Human Rights Day, Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay received a call and a series of texts from an unknown number.

Karapatan cites urgency of the human rights crisis in the country, presses for probe and accountability during 2019 IHRD

"There is a human rights crisis in the country. Regardless of the denials and legal acrobatics by the Duterte government, it has made its mark as a murderous regime that disregards people’s rights. This government's record is besmirched with blood, with thousands killed in the sham drug war and counterinsurgency program, thousands displaced by bombings and militarization, hundreds arbitrarily detained and filed with trumped-up charges, and thousands more harassed, red-tagged, and threatened for their activism.

Ecumenical network gives first wave of submissions for UN High Commissioner’s report on rights situation in PH

On the eve of International Human Rights Day, December 9, 2019, the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), a network of faith-based and human rights organizations, submitted its first wave of reports on the human rights situation in the Philippines to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, in line with the Resolution 41/2 adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in July. 

‘Halimaw sa cauldron’: Karapatan gives preview of effigy for 2019 Int’l Human Rights Day

A day before the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, December 10, human rights group Karapatan presented a preview of the effigy that will be used for mass actions at the Liwasang Bonifacio and Mendiola in Manila.

Karapatan expresses support for the resumption of peace negotiations, calls for the release of political prisoners

"Karapatan expresses its support for the possible resumption of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). We support earnest endeavors at attaining peace and resolving the roots of the armed conflict.
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