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Rights group denied chance to present evidence in red-tagging hearing

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Court of Appeals 14th Division submits the case for decision without allowing human rights group Karapatan to present testimonies and witnesses

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay expresses disappointment over the Court of Appeals waiving their right to present evidence in the group's writ of amparo case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2 human rights workers shot dead in Sorsogon

Jun 16, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Ryan Hubilla, a 22-year-old senior high school student, and Nelly Bagasala, 69, who both advocated for human rights, are killed by unknown gunmen

STOP KILLINGS. Cordillera human rights defenders urge the government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Supreme Court issues writ of amparo in favor of rights groups

May 30, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court directs the Court of Appeals to hear the petition of Gabriela, Karapatan, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines on June 18

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Groups fear 'more challenging days' for human rights with new Senate

May 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Advocate Rose Trajano says it is high time for local government units to introduce and promote ordinances that focus on defending human rights

Other groups follow NUPL lead, ask SC for protection vs red-tagging

May 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

One of the petitioners is the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, which is being investigated by the European Union for communist financial links upon the request of the Philippine government

PROTECTIVE WRIT. Karapatan and other human rights groups run to the Supreme Court to ask for a protective writ from government red-tagging. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former spokesman of rights group Karapatan arrested in Davao City

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Kelly Delgado is allegedly found in possession of shabu, according to Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, whose assassination was allegedly plotted by Delgado 9 years ago

IN CUSTODY. Kelly Delgado is arrested at a joint police and military checkpoint in Lasang, Davao City, on April 27, 2019. Photo courtesy of Task Force Davao

Rights groups question warrants issued by Cebu judge vs Negros 14

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:13 AM

After a fact-finding mission, rights groups question why the search warrant was issued by a court in another province when there are regional trial courts in Negros Oriental

RIGHTS GROUPS UNITE. Photos by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

On Human Rights Day, groups call for accountability vs violations under Duterte

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND) urges the public to remain steadfast in demanding the government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights

Thousands of activist gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate the 70th International Human Rights Day. Protesters continue to lament the killings and violations of human rights and vow to defend the people's rights against the government attacks. December 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rights groups oppose another martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Father Allan Khen Apus of Movement Against Tyranny says there has been 'a marked increased of of human rights violations' in Mindanao since martial law started there

Labor leader in Agusan del Norte shot dead

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:08 AM

Linus Cubol was killed in front of his furniture store by motorcyle-riding gunmen

Protecting human rights groups vs threats

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society

'Big blow against impunity': Human rights groups welcome Palparan conviction

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The court finds the former army general Jovito Palparan, who was nicknamed 'berdugo' (The Butcher), guilty of kidnapping and illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Protesta de Mayo

May 26, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Militant activists hold their own version of the annual Catholic tradition

PROTESTA DE MAYO. Human rights group Karapatan leads and alternative Santacruzan (Mayflower Festival) dubbed Protesta de Mayo at the UP Sunken Ganden on May 26, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

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Arrest of nun shows Duterte gov't 'has much to hide, guilty as hell' – rights group

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay says that the action of President Rodrigo Duterte's regime against international human rights observers and development workers 'betrays its guilt'

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Mar 27, 2018 - 7:36 PM

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No one to blame but Duterte for PH failure to curb drugs – rights group

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

'Duterte did that all by himself, in a path of tyrannical megalomania and unparalleled self-destruction,' says Karapatan, in response to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Committee (MRRD-NECC) National Convention at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on March 21, 2018, reiterates that his campaign against illegal drugs will remain relentless amid criticisms. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

CHR: Withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court can be seen as 'encouraging impunity'

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Human Rights Watch and Karapatan also slam President Rodrigo Duterte's move, saying that his administration must be held accountable for 'all rights violations'

UN experts urged to probe Duterte's threats vs human rights activists

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:55 PM

‘Coming from the President’s mouth, the threats can be taken as calls to the military and police forces…to escalate suppression and repression,’ says rights group Karapatan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SEC closure order vs Rappler a move toward dictatorship - activists

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'Closing down Rappler means one less independent media through which environmental advocates can stand up to the oligarchs and corporations that seem to run the Duterte government’s agenda nowadays', a group says

Father Tito Paez: 'A comrade for others'

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:21 AM

'He offered his life not only as a priest but also as a comrade. He was a comrade for others – a hero, a martyr,' says San Jose City Bishop Roberto Mallari of slain activist priest Marcelito 'Tito' Paez

ACTIVIST PRIEST. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down by unknown men on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Rights groups protest against 'killing fields' in Mindanao

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Barug Katungod Mindanao and Karapatan stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense to protest against Martial Law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. A protester holds a placard that shows half of his face in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Central Luzon police vow 'in-depth probe' into killing of Nueva Ecija priest

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Central Luzon regional police vows to find out who killed Fr. Marcelito 'Tito' Paez

ACTIVIST. Fr. Tito Paez's killing has ignited social media, specially from his kababayans in Nueva Ecija.

Priest killed in Nueva Ecija

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) The incident happened hours after Fr Marcelito Paez assisted in facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan, says rights group Karapatan

KILLED. Fr Marcelito Paez, coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Central Luzon, is gunned down in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, on December 4, 2017. Photo from the Commission on Social Communication, Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

IN PHOTOS: Relatives of political prisoners run for freedom

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Around a hundred relatives of political prisoners run to call for the freedom of 449 political prisoners in the country.

RUN FREE. Relatives and friends run to resist Duterte's 'slow death for political prisoners' at the University of the Philippines - Diliman Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Black Friday protest against Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Leftist groups lights candles for the victims, relatives, and defenders of those killed in the drug war

REMEMBER, Bearing photos of victims of Duterte's war on drugs and victims of Political killings, families and activist light lanterns and candles in a symbolic event to condemn the spate of killings at Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

20 cops or 20 protesters injured? Even claims clash in ASEAN protests

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Cops also say a protester was arrested for throwing stones, but his fellow protesters say he was just driving a support van

FACE-OFF. Various protest groups riot near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Human rights groups: ‘Martial law in entire nation not impossible’

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Manlaban para sa Karapatan is only one of the groups taking part in mass protests to be staged on Thursday, September 21, for the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law

FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. The organizers of Manlaban para sa karapatan. (L-R) Jean Enriquez (World March of Women), Josua Mata (KALIPUNAN), Rose Trajano (iDEFEND), Shamah Bulangis (Youth Resist), Jozy Acosta-Misperos (CAMB). Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Rights group urges Duterte to lift martial law declaration

May 31, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Karapatan fears that just like in the time of Marcos human rights violations will be justified on the pretext of security protection and national interest

STOP THE AIRSTRIKES. Members of the  Sandugo - Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination call on President Rodrigo Duterte to lift his martial law declaration in Mindanao. Photo courtesy of Sandugo  STOP THE AIRSTRIKES. Members of the  Sandugo - Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination call on President Rodrigo Duterte to lift his martial law declaration in Mindanao. Photo courtesy of Sandugo

10 years later, search for Jonas Burgos continues

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Protesters decry the promotion of Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año but he is adamant he never knew Jonas Burgos

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate the 10th year of his disappearance. Photo by Desaparecidos

Karapatan brings cases of political killings in PH to UN

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Cases of extrajudicial killings related to the Duterte administration s bloody war on drugs are next

STOP THE KILLINGS. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay leads a rally against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines on March 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Pamalakaya-Pilipinas

An open letter to Human Rights Watch on EJKs, Duterte, and Karapatan

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:08 PM

Has the militant rights group spoken out strongly against the wave of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines?

Human rights group says 75 activists missing in Rizal

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Karapatan reports the incident a day after troops and communist rebels clashed in the area

Labor groups on Cavite fire: HTI violated safety standards

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The findings of the left leaning groups contradict that of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority which cleared the HTI of safety violations

FACTORY FIRE. Aftermath of a huge fire that broke in the Cavite that killed 3 workers and injured over a hundred. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Thousands protest across PH vs Duterte's 'worsening human rights record'

Dec 11, 2016 - 7:47 AM

We call on the President to categorically order the military police and para military units to stop the killings human rights groups decry

NO CELEBRATION. Militants burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte in the streets of Manila to commemorate human rights day on December 10 2016.

WATCH: Left's 1st effigy under Duterte depicts fascist monster

Dec 10, 2016 - 5:53 PM

The effigy depicts the resurrection and rehabilitation of the Marcoses and concerns over the rise in extrajudicial killings Karapatan says

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. On December 10, 2016, a child looks at a pile of 'dead bodies' that forms part of an effigy depicting the culture of impunity in the Philippines and the authoritarian tendencies of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Ilocanos protest too: 'Marcos is no hero'

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Protesters include Martial Law victims from the Cagayan Valley region and their families militant groups and youth and student organizations

ANTI-MARCOS PROTEST. Anti-Marcos protesters in Cagayan stage a rally under the rain. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

The battle’s not over for mothers of desaparecidos

Jun 27, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Ten years have passed since the abduction of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan but their mothers remain hopeful that they will be found

Violent incidents linked to elections rise to 53 – CHR

May 03, 2016 - 7:31 PM

47 more incidents are being investigated

TIGHT SECURITY. A member of the Regional Public Safety Battalion stands guard outside the town hall of Pantar, Lanao del Norte. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Election-related human rights violations rampant online – CHR

Apr 18, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds Filipinos that making threats on social media is a form of human rights violation

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Murder, kidnap cases filed vs 69 activists, suspected rebels in Cagayan

Oct 04, 2015 - 4:09 PM

The complaint affidavit notes the 69 identified individuals have knowledge and or participation of the recent killings of 3 military members

Rights group asks UN to #SaveMaryJane from death row

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:24 PM

We implore the UNHRC to take meaningful measures including a review of human rights records and compliance to international human rights instruments of its member States

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

Looking into the food system of PH inmates

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Nelson Mandela once said that no one knows a nation until one has been inside its jails What will the food system inside prisons and jails say about the Philippines?

Arroyo misinformed UN, Amal Clooney –rights group

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:40 PM

Karapatan reminds the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of alleged human rights violations of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

NDF hopeful papal visit will call attention to rights abuses

Jan 16, 2015 - 4:20 PM

We in the revolutionary movement stand in fervent hope that Pope Francis’ visit will inspire the people to unite and be more resolute in their struggle for social justice

CONSULTATIONS. Various organizations and groups are consulted by government and NDF representatives on December 27, 2014. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Political prisoners to Francis: Hear our stories

Jan 09, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Political detainees as well as families of desaparecidos and victims of extrajudicial will send letters to the Pope

DISTRAUGHT DAUGHTER. Nikki Gamara, daughter of incarcerated NDF peace consultant Renante Gamara, writes her second letter to Pope Francis. She has erlier sent the pontiff an email.

Palparan is ‘home,’ now in Army HQ detention cell

Sep 15, 2014 - 3:53 PM

The military is happy about the retired Army general transfer from the Bulacan jai We look forward to his safety while undergoing trial says Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

Retired Major General Jovito Palparan arrives at the Military Police Headquarters inside the Army headquarters. Photo by Francis Lopez/Rappler