URGENT ALERT: Farmers abducted in Bohol

The premier human rights umbrella in Central Visayas condemns the abduction of three end-impunityfarmers in Sitio Kawayan, Brgy.Rizal, Batuan, Bohol yesterday (Oct.27, 2019, 9:30AM) by suspected members of the Philippine Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion as it demands their immediate release.

Its preliminary information reveals that two of the abducted farmers are minors, namely: Chris, 14 years old, and Roldan, 16 years old.  The boys were out hunting birds when the soldiers pounced on them. Continue reading

Disastrous as earthquake

end-impunityNot even the cataclysmic earthquakes in Mindanao could sway the Duterte government from wreaking more havoc in other parts of the country in the run-up to the day of the dead.   From October 31 to November 2, 2019, joint police and military forces were preoccupied swooping down on offices and homes of human rights defenders in Bacolod City, Escalante City, Panabo and Manila to arrest 60 unarmed activists by virtue of dubious search warrant and planted evidence. The victims, who are known critics of Duterte government’s fascist policies were manhandled and harassed, during their arbitrary arrests and subsequent illegal captivity. One, Honey Mae Suazo former secretary-general of KARAPATAN-Southern Mindanao, is still missing after being abducted by suspected government agents in Panabo, Davao del Norte on November 2 Continue reading

Surface the Desaparecidos

Relatives of Cebuano desaparecidos light candles to guide their loved ones home.

On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared today (08/30/2019), we in the Alliance for the Advancement of People Rights (KARAPATAN) in Central Visayas join the rest of the world in calling for an end to the practice of abduction of perceived enemies of the state and detaining them in secret jails and ‘safe houses’.  Known as the desaparecidos, they constitute the crime of enforced disappearances which could be the worst form of human rights violation in terms of continuing pain and suffering inflicted on the relatives who are left in quandary over the whereabouts and plight of their loved ones. Continue reading

KARAPATAN Welcomes Court Win for Peace Advocate

Cebu City–The premier human rights umbrella here welcomed another court victory with the recent dismissal of all fourteen counts of “trumped up” charges filed by the AFP-Central Command against peace advocate Rustico Tan, 76. Continue reading