Another Philippine court acquitted a peace consultant over trumped-up charges stemming from the infamous “search warrant factory” that led to the arrests of scores of activists and human rights workers.
Category: Human Rights
Juan Macababbad handled several cases, particularly in defense of indigenous peoples and protection of the environment.
To date, there are 31 unionists who remain in detention for trumped-up charges and 56 trade unionists extrajudicially killed in the country.
“It is imperative that the Council heed the Filipino people’s call to conduct a probe on the rights violation under the Duterte administration amid impunity and failure of domestic mechanisms to provide redress to victims and hold perpetrators accountable.”
A group of human rights lawyers in the Philippines said that the “overwhelming support” that the International Criminal Court received from approximately 1,530 individual victims and 1,050 families who fell victims of the government’s “war on drugs” may lead to a formal investigation.
Human rights group Karapatan documented 19 victims of enforced disappearances under the Duterte administration. This despite the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 supposedly in force.
“Karapatan-Central Visayas expresses indignation over another attempt of the state to withhold the body of a peasant rights advocate from her family…”
For human rights group Karapatan, they see no other actor that would have the resources and motivation to take down their website but the Duterte administration.
“The questions left unanswered and the inconsistencies not clarified belies the existence of probable cause which justify the issuance of the search warrants. For this reason, the warrants should be quashed.”
“These attacks only benefit those who want to silence us and our human rights work amid a pervasive state of impunity in the country.”
“Certainly, no evidence was presented showing that Anakbayan is the recruiting arm of or somehow connected to the CPP-NPA.”