Karapatan condemns the killing of Atty. Rex Fernandez in Cebu City
yesterday, August 26
Press Statement –
Karapatan condemns the killing of Atty. Rex Fernandez in Cebu City yesterday, August 26 | Karapatan
As Karapatan’s former legal counsel, Atty. Fernandez handled cases of rights violations, and represented victims and their families in court for years and defended political prisoners charged with trumped-up cases.
27 August 2021
As Karapatan’s former legal counsel, Atty. Fernandez handled cases of
rights violations, and represented victims and their families in court
for years and defended political prisoners charged with trumped-up cases.
A few years after the writ of amparo – a legal remedy to seek protection
amidst threats to life, liberty and security – was made available by the
Supreme Court in 2007, Atty. Fernandez served as legal counsel in
petitions for writ of amparo on a number of cases of abductions and
enforced disappearances. Among these were the petition for the writs of
amparo for Romulo Robinos, Ryan Supan, and disappeared UP students Karen
Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. He also lawyered for peasant activist Noriel
Rodriguez and Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas, both abducted,
detained and tortured in Cagayan and Tarlac, consecutively, both in the
In 2010, he went back to Cebu to continue his law practice there, after
his stint with Karapatan. He provided legal services to the eight
protesters in Cebu who were arrested while protesting the Anti-Terror
Law in June 2020, among other cases.
We join lawyers and fellow human rights defenders in calling to stop the
attacks against lawyers in the country. Perpetrators of the killings,
from the one who pulled the trigger to the masterminds, should be made
accountable and be brought to justice.
The rampant killings must end, together with a regime that has
encouraged and enabled the culture of impunity in our country. ###
Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, +639173162831
Karapatan Public Information Desk, +639189790580