Local Karapatan chapter to hold a march, likens Duterte policies to terrorism
By Paulo Loreto Lim
The Negros chapter of Karapatan, an alliance of human rights organizations, recently announced they would be holding a march on Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 10.
In a statement, the group took swipes at the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, saying human rights violations have increased under his watch. They also claimed his programs intended to quell violence are akin to terrorism, saying his efforts only “sow terror among the people.”
The group noted the Oplan Tokhang program, intended to combat the scourge of illegal drugs throughout the country, has “failed.”
“Duterte’s promise of change is an illusion,” they added.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1948.
According to the UN, “This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”/PLL, WDJ