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3 months on, families still waiting for SC to act on prisoners' release

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:35 PM

'Three months of waiting is beyond enough. Yet we are still waiting for the Court to deliver what the Chief Justice vowed,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim

'Vote for life': Kapatid urges SC to act on petition for prisoners' release

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

'We pray that the Supreme Court will choose to vote for life in favor of the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic now invading prison facilities,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim

VOTE FOR LIFE. Families of political prisoners troop to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 17, to ask justices to immediately act on the petition filed for the release of prisoners most at risk to the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of KAPATID

KAPATID appeals for release of low-level offenders, elderly, sick prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM

'This is not only an urgent matter of life and death but also of justice,' KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim writes in an open letter to the Duterte administration

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Amnesty International accuses Egypt of 'torture' in solitary confinement

May 07, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Amnesty's investigation 'reveals that prisoners detained on politically motivated charges are being held in prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Egypt – at times for several years – which in and of itself amounts to torture'

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Slain Nueva Ecija priest Tito Paez laid to rest

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At the Santo Niño Cemetery, the crowd sings Filipino patriotic songs 'Bayan Ko' and 'Pilipinas Kong Mahal'

FINAL resting place of Father Tito Paez at the Santo Niño Cemetery in Nueva Ecija. All photos by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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

Former UP film student free after 7-year detention

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:37 PM

Maricon Montajes was doing research for her thesis when she was arrested with two others in Taysan Batangas in June 2010

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. Photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Duterte grants conditional pardon to 10 prisoners

Jul 06, 2017 - 11:14 PM

UPDATED The President grants conditional pardon to 10 prisoners according to documents released by Malacañang

FREE. Seven of the 10 political prisoners who were granted conditional pardon hold a press conference in Quezon City on July 7, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bello: NPA withdrawal from ceasefire unexpected

Feb 01, 2017 - 7:12 PM

Peace Panel Chairperson Silvestre Bello III says this prompts them to continue trying to forge an agreement on a bilateral ceasefire to be able to set parameters

SURPRISED. Government peace panel chairperson Silvestre Bello III said he was surprised that the New People's Army cancelled their unilateral ceasefire when they are to forge an agreement on bilateral ceasefire in February. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Political prisoners will be released 'in due time' – Bello

Jan 14, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III says the amnesty declaration covering 434 political prisoners will be part of the end game

OPTIMISTIC. Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III aims to complete talks by August 2017. Rappler photo

Duterte, Joma Sison agree 'peace process must move forward'

Dec 21, 2016 - 1:40 PM

It was a warm conversation between old friends says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

'MOVE FORWARD.' Malacañang says both President Rodrigo Duterte and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison agree that the peace process must move forward. File photos by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo; http://www.josemariasison.org/

NPA ceasefire will hold over the holidays – Joma Sison

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison have a productive phone conversation Monday night December 19

Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

CPP blasts Duterte, calls for show of force

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says it will hold a national assembly in a guerrilla zone in President Duterte s home city of Davao on December 26

PH, NDF closer to signing crucial joint ceasefire deal

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The National Democratic Front says they are amenable to signing the long delayed joint ceasefire deal but it will only be effective upon the releases of political prisoners

SAVING THE CEASEFIRE. A joint ceasefire deal is crucial in making sure that the ongoing ceasefire between the military and the New People's Army is not broken. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Duterte sets condition for freeing 130 political prisoners

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Now they’re asking for the release of 120 to 130 political prisoners Sabi ko I cannot I cannot give you that President Rodrigo Duterte says

DUTERTE AND THE LEFT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with National Democratic Front (NDF) Peace Panel Members Fidel Agcaoili, Chit Agcaoili, Benito Tiamzon, and Wilma Tiamzon over dinner at Bondi and Bourke Restaurant at Legaspi Suites, Davao City on December 2,2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

CPP: Release all political prisoners or we resume war

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:23 PM

The rebels scoff at the Duterte administration s planned release of 40 50 political prisoners saying the commitment was to free all 432

PH eyes Nov release of old, sickly political prisoners

Nov 06, 2016 - 8:40 AM

Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III says the releases are expected within the month and will precede the rescheduled signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement

Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Ailing political prisoner from Samar released

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Eastern Visayas NPA leader Renato Baleros Sr and his other comrades are closer to attaining freedom after the historic Oslo peace talks

Oslo Talks: Amnesty for NDF 'prisoners and detainees'

Aug 25, 2016 - 8:11 PM

We will recommend to the President the issuance of amnesty to all those prisoners and detainees as submitted by the National Democratic Front says the government chief negotiator

INITIALED. Government and NDF negotiators shake hands after completing the first round of talks since an impasse in 2011

NDF consultants claim torture, 'US FBI presence' in police camps

Aug 19, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The PNP tells the NDF to file the appropriate cases and give details noting that it does not tolerate wrongdoing by its own men and women

NDF. Benito Tiamzom and wife Wilma Tiamzon (next) along with recently released political prisoners during press conference at the Immaculate Conception Multi-purpose Hall in Cubao, Quezon City on August 19. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

SC denies release of CPP leader Tiamzon, 10 others

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Go to the lower court for relief the High Tribunal tells the Office of the Solicitor General

Gloria Arroyo files bill seeking amnesty for communists

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:01 PM

The ex rebel’s firearms need to be turned over to authorities within 30 days upon the filing of his or her amnesty according to the Pampanga congresswoman s bill

BACK TO WORK. After being cleared from plunder, Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo returns to work in the 17th Congress. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Duterte to grant Tiamzons safe conduct passes

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:15 PM

I am not ready to release everybody says President Duterte

Peace talks: Political prisoners?

Jun 18, 2016 - 11:30 AM

I am for peace and I am for peace negotiations but both sides must want it and want it so badly that no side sets preconditions for negotiations

PEACE TALKS RESUME. Incoming peace panels of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) sign joint statement on June 15, 2016 in Oslo, Norway to resume formal peace talks in July. Photo by Ayik Casilao

Duterte to send Bello, Dureza to Europe for talks with CPP

May 29, 2016 - 5:30 PM

He is ready to give CPP founding chairman Joma Sison a safe conduct pass to the Philippines in order to fully pursue peace talks with the militant Left

TALKING PEACE. Rody Duterte sits beside Jesus Dureza who he intends to send to Europe to initiate peace talks with the CPP. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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May 24, 2016 - 6:52 PM

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Duterte to release political prisoners to ‘build confidence’ for peace talks

May 24, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Duterte says he may release CPP leader Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma even before peace negotiations begin

DEALING WITH COMMUNISTS. The NPA releases 5 police officers to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in April 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

Myanmar president pardons 83 political prisoners

Apr 17, 2016 - 2:18 PM

UPDATED The amnesty is granted on the New Year of the Myanmar calendar to make people feel happy and peaceful

epa05262987 Political activist Than Swe (R) and his friend pose for a photo after their release from the Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, 17 April 2016. Myanmar's new President Htin Kyaw granted amnesty to 83 political prisoners all over the country on the New Year of the Myanmar calendar, which was held from 13 April to 16 April. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Families flock to Myanmar jails after Suu Kyi amnesty plan

Apr 08, 2016 - 2:19 PM

In her first formal policy pledge since her government took office in the former junta run nation last week Suu Kyi says she will prioritize releasing activists

Myanmar's Suu Kyi vows to press for political prisoner release

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:30 PM

In her first statement as state counsellor Suu Kyi says I am going to try for the immediate release of political prisoners political activists and students facing trial related to politics

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi sits on the stage before she delivers a speech in ThanphyuZayat, Mawlamyaing, Mon State, Myanmar, 17 May 2015. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

New Zealander among 34 political prisoners pardoned in Myanmar

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Though many of Myanmar s hundreds of political dissidents were jailed during repressive junta rule scores of activists have also been thrown behind bars under outgoing President Thein Sein s watch

PARDONED. Prisoners greet their family members outside Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar, January 22, 2016. Myanmar government gave amnesty to more than 100 prisoners, including political prisoners, across Myanmar. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Indonesia releases prominent Papuan separatist leader

Nov 19, 2015 - 4:19 PM

Filep Karma the most prominent of Papua s political prisoners and convicted of raising a pro independence flag walked free from jail to an emotional welcome by hundreds of cheering supporters

INDEPENDENCE LEADER. Filep Karma is released from prison. File photo from change.org

UN body calls detention of Malaysia's Anwar 'arbitrary'

Nov 02, 2015 - 11:57 AM

The [UN] Working Group considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Mr Ibrahim immediately and ensure that his political rights that were removed based on his arbitrary detention be reinstated

A file picture dated February 25, 2013 shows Anwar Ibrahim in Shah Alam near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Amnesty urges Myanmar to release nearly 100 activists before polls

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Amnesty International: Authorities have intensified a chilling crackdown on freedom of expression over the past year

Myanmar frees thousands of prisoners, including 210 foreigners – official

Jul 30, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The release includes 155 Chinese nationals handed long jail sentences earlier this month for illegal logging in northern Myanmar

Papua is not a problem, but the way we talk about Papua is

May 22, 2015 - 3:02 PM

This is what we missed in the discussion of opening access for Papua: let Papuans speak for themselves

PROTEST. Papuan student protestors protest in Surabaya, demanding the independence of West Papua province from Indonesia, in December 2013. Photo by EPA

Indonesia to allow foreign journalists full Papua access

May 09, 2015 - 7:28 PM

He revealed in an interview that from Sunday foreign journalists would be allowed full access

PAPUA PROBLEMS. President Joko Widodo seen here in Papua during the presidential campaign in June 2014. Photo by EPA

Indonesian leader grants clemency to Papuan political prisoners

May 09, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Activists said releasing a handful of prisoners was not enough and accused Jokowi of seeking to burnish his image

This photo taken on June 5, 2014 shows Presidential candidate Joko Widodo greeting his supporters during the second day of campaigning for the election in Jayapura, Papua. Photo by Cunding Levi/AFP

Cambodia pardons jailed female land rights activists

Apr 12, 2015 - 4:13 PM

King Norodom Sihamoni grants a royal pardon to the activists – including a 75 year old woman known locally as Mommy

CAMBODIA'S MOMMY. This photo taken on September 6, 2013 shows Nget Khun (right), known locally as 'Mommy', holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo by AFP

Protesters demand Venezuela opposition leader's release

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Lopez s wife Lilian Tintori leads a rally in the same Caracas plaza where the Harvard educated politician surrendered to security forces February 18 2014 in the midst of a demonstration

RALLY FOR JUSTICE. Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, speaks during a demonstration at the site where her husband handed himself over to authorities a year ago, in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 February 2015. Manaure Quintero/EPA

Cambodia court upholds convictions for land rights activists

Jan 26, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The tearful campaigners wearing orange prison uniforms repeatedly shouted very unjust in Khmer as they were led out of the courtroom

CAMBODIA'S MOMMY. This photo taken on September 6, 2013 shows Nget Khun (right), known locally as 'Mommy', holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo by AFP

Letter to Pope Francis from daughter of political prisoner

Jan 21, 2015 - 2:55 PM

We will gladly wait for those affected by your wisdom and enthusiastically carry on our fight until we see that society of authentic justice solidarity and peace

US lawmakers to Cuba for cooperation mission

Jan 18, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Diplomats in Cuba and Senator Patrick Leahy s office in Washington announced the visit which features 6 Democratic lawmakers

The Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. Stringer/AFP

Political prisoners' families ask for Pope Francis' help

Jan 14, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Families of political prisoners storm the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila to ask for the Pope s help

Cuba frees 53 political prisoners as agreed in US deal

Jan 13, 2015 - 7:40 AM

News of the release comes as US officials prepare to travel to Havana next week for talks to lay the foundation for a historic rapprochement after a half century of Cold War enmity

The Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. Stringer/AFP

Black Nazarene, Aquino on Garin, 'Charlie' worldwide rally | The wRap

Jan 10, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Millions flock to the Black Nazarene procession in Manila New Philippine health secretary: Janette Garin Protesters worldwide condemn the Paris attack