Rights group criticizes military’s role in non-release of political prisoners

KARAPATAN.ORG — “President Duterte’s statement on the non-release of political prisoners confirms the active role of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in sabotaging all efforts to derail the peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels. The warmonger AFP is[…]

GRP, NDF sign supplemental guidelines on Joint Monitoring Committee

INTERAKSYON.COM — On the third day of their third round of talks, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) on Saturday signed the supplemental guidelines to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).[…]

Negros peasant leader slain as NDF pushes for genuine agrarian reform in peace talks

INTERAKSYON.COM — BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — A leader of a sugar farm workers’ organization was killed in Negros Occidental Friday night as complaints of human rights violations were traded during the third round of formal talks between the Duterte administration and communist rebels in Rome. The murder of Alexander Ceballos, a leader of the National[…]

392 political prisoners remain in jail, communities still attacked — Karapatan

KARAPATAN — “During the first round of peace talks, the GRP already indicated its commitment to release political prisoners. But the third round of talks is opening with hundreds of political prisoners still in jail,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general, said.    According to Karapatan, there are currently 392 political prisoners imprisoned in relation[…]

Human rights groups: Gov’t “accountable” in death of political detainee Bernabe Ocasla

Bernabe Ocasla, one of over 400 political prisoners in the Philippines, died on November 28. He was 66 years old. He suffered a heart attack and went into a coma on November 25. He had been jailed for seven years. He was among some 130 elderly and sick political detainees who should have been released[…]

Release of all political prisoners via amnesty is an issue of justice – Karapatan

The human rights organization Karapatan urged President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to “render justice to political prisoners, their families and the communities they serve” by releasing political prisoners. “The general amnesty and release of all political prisoners is an issue of justice for activists and political dissenters who were illegally arrested, detained and some, wrongly convicted,[…]