Statement on the killing of Zara Alvarez

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Stop the attacks on the people and rights activists! Justice to all victims of state perpetrated violence!

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Kabataan Partylist strongly condemns the killing of Bacolod-based Zara Alvarez activist, a former political prisoner and staunch human rights defender, Zara Alvarez. We express our deep sadness over the loss of a dedicated rights worker and extend our condolences to her family and friends.

Barely days after Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis’ death, another rights activist has been killed by under the regime. Its seems that that the same institutions of violence behind his murder seem to be working hard to suppress the Filipino people; as Ka Randy’s family, friends, and the mass movement still grieve for Ka Randy’s passing, we are greeted with yet another loss of a champion of human rights.

“We vow to exact accountability and bring the perpetrators to justice! This murderous rampage against human rights’ defenders and peacebuilders must stop. The merciless killings, human rights violations, and the worsening climate of impunity under the Duterte administration must end. HUSTISYA!”, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago expressed.

Amid the more pressing concerns for a scientific, health and rights-based approach to curb the 5-month crisis that has gripped the country, the Duterte administration seems to be more interested in sponsoring the killings of rights activists who have dedicated their life in service of the oppressed; in the middle of the joint police-military implemented lockdowns of Duterte and his ex-military generals, Carlito Badion who championed the rights of the urban poor, Jory Porquia who was busy spearheading relief operations, Randall Echanis who was a staunch advocate of peasant rights, were also killed in cold blood.

Four years into his term, President Duterte’s regime has already been marked with the death of around 30,000 individuals in his relentless drug war, the killing of activists, and thousands more of human rights violations exceeding the record of former President Marcos himself. We call for an impartial and thorough investigation into these murders and the swift deliverance of justice to their families and friends.

End state violence and impunity!

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