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Philippines: Karapatan wins Human Rights First's annual Award, new Digital Shield project to track online threats & harassment

'Human Rights First to Present Philippines Organization Karapatan with William D. Zabel Human Rights Award', 05 May 2021

Human Rights First... announced that it will present Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights with its annual William D. Zabel Human Rights Award in recognition of its commitment to human rights in the Philippines. The award has been presented annually for more than three decades and acknowledges the work of courageous activists on the frontlines of the struggle for freedom and human rights. Karapatan is a Philippines-based alliance of human rights organizations, programs, committees, and individual advocates that have been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights in the country since 1995... With more than forty member organizations and sixteen regional chapters across the country, Karapatan addresses extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, political prisoners and militarization all across the Philippines. The Alliance helps organize mass actions that expose human rights violations and challenge State policies and actions that promote the culture of impunity... Human Rights First and Karapatan are currently working on a pilot project testing “Digital Shield,” an application that tracks threats of violence and harassment made against the organization and its members online...