KARAPATANCristina Palabay
Cristina is a committed activist and feminist.  Over the years, she has consistently stood in defense of human rights, and fundamental freedoms.  Fearlessly, she has raised issues of State accountability against human rights violations, and their impact particularly on women that have been committed by different administrations of the government of the Philippines.
In her current capacity as Secretary General of Karapatan, she has been at the forefront of raising concerns against the extrajudicial killings committed by the Duterte administration not only in relation to its “war on drugs”, but also in the context of its insidious persecution of women and other human rights defenders in the country.  She has issued press statements, spoken in public fora, mobilised protests, lobbied regional and international human rights bodies to denounce the human rights violations committed by the Duterte administration. Because of her courage to stand up for justice and human rights, she “received on 22 April 2019 a text message from an unidentified person warning her and several others that they are targeted to be killed this year”.
Inspite of the risk she faced in her life, Cristina has continued unabated in her activism to hold the government accountable. This July 2019, she attended the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland to address the body regarding the extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations committed by the Philippine government.  Cristina has been instrumental in founding Tanggol Bayi, a national network of women human rights defenders.