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EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:59 PM

EU leaders say talks on a future trade deal with Britain can only start once London agrees divorce terms on citizens' rights, its exit bill and Northern Ireland

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Dela Rosa's defense of secret jail cell shows 'ignorance' of law

Apr 29, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the statement of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa on the hidden detention cell 'encourages the climate of impunity that perpetuates wrongful action'

Dela Rosa's defense of secret jail cell shows 'ignorance' of law

Human Rights Watch urges PH gov't to release 'secret jail' detainees

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:49 AM

'These detainees have been wrongfully held and should be freed with adequate protections against police reprisal,' says the international watchdog

Human Rights Watch urges PH gov't to release 'secret jail' detainees

Press Freedom, Enrile, Najib | Evening wRap

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Press Freedom, Enrile, Najib | Evening wRap

American in Cebu gets 12 years for child abuse, but he's at large

Apr 28, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Wayne Melbourne Littlefield remains at large after going into hiding while his case was being tried. Another suspect, Australian Norman Johnson Henry, is still at large and has not been tried in court.

American in Cebu gets 12 years for child abuse, but he's at large

Manila police chief offers 'free' jail accommodation to media, CHR

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:31 PM

'Para malaman lang. Ang hirap talaga ng kalagayan nila,' says police general Joel Coronel, referring to conditions in most jails

Manila police chief offers 'free' jail accommodation to media, CHR

Lock-up cell, Duterte, Le Pen | Midday wRap

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Lock-up cell, Duterte, Le Pen | Midday wRap

Secret jail in Tondo? 'We really don’t know,' says NCR chief

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The police chief of Metro Manila admits the detention facility is below the PNP's standards

Secret jail in Tondo? 'We really don’t know,' says NCR chief

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:22 PM

'Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps Myanmar, and that’s only because military rule in that country was so horrible for so long,' says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:42 AM

'This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough,' says Antonio Rosas, scientist at Spain's Natural Science Museum in Madrid

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 28, 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 28, 2017

Secret cell in police station 'absolutely prohibited' – CHR

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:14 AM

(UPDATED) Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reminds the police of their 'strict obligation to act only in accordance with law'

Secret cell in police station 'absolutely prohibited' – CHR

CHR team finds detainees in 'secret' police cell

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) The secret cell is found hidden behind a bookshelf in Police Station 1, Tondo, Manila

CHR team finds detainees in 'secret' police cell

North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visit

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an invitation from Pyongyang, the UN rights office said in a statement

North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visit

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2017

New York Times editorial calls Duterte 'man who must be stopped'

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:27 PM

If the International Criminal Court starts an investigation in allegations of mass killing against Philippine Presidentn Duterte, it would 'encourage governments to take measures against him, such as imposing tariffs on Philippine goods'

New York Times editorial calls Duterte 'man who must be stopped'

The bigger hurdles to having ICC prosecute Duterte

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Jude Sabio’s 'complaint' has to prove the supposed unwillingness or inability of the Philippine government to prosecute President Duterte for the crimes he allegedly committed

The bigger hurdles to having ICC prosecute Duterte

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The weight of opinion is that this is a proper case of the ICC. There is immense interest in moving this forward, and I think we will get some traction soon.

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC

Rights group urges China to release North Korean refugees

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Most North Korean refugees begin their escape by crossing into China and then try to make it to third countries – often in Southeast Asia – where they seek asylum in the South

Rights group urges China to release North Korean refugees

Death penalty: No opting out

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It never makes good sense to flaunt our violation of international law. After all, when rapacious neighbors dig into our pie and leave not even the crust to us, we seek relief by invoking our rights under international law.

Death penalty: No opting out

Aguirre defends Duterte's human rights record before FilAms

Apr 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Aguirre also made an "appeal" to Filipino journalists in the US that they should treat the anti-drug campaign of Duterte with respect

Aguirre defends Duterte's human rights record before FilAms

PH should honor treaties vs death penalty, UN body tells Pimentel

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:14 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Committee calls on the Philippines to take its treaty obligation seriously

PH should honor treaties vs death penalty, UN body tells Pimentel

8 charged over Pakistani liberal student's lynching

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'Let it be known to the perpetrators of this act that the state shall not tolerate citizens taking the law in their own hands,' says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

8 charged over Pakistani liberal student's lynching

Saudi woman's fear: 'They will kill me'

Apr 14, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Dina Ali Lasloom, reportedly returned to Saudi Arabia from the Manila airport, intended to flee to Australia to 'escape a forced marriage,' says a Canadian witness

Saudi woman's fear: 'They will kill me'

'Serious failings' by Russia in Beslan massacre

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Russia reacts furiously to the judgement, saying it was "absolutely unacceptable"

'Serious failings' by Russia in Beslan massacre

What happens to your brain when you're on vacation?

Apr 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Our mind wanders and this is what keeps us sane, and ironically, what keeps us focused

What happens to your brain when you're on vacation?

Karapatan brings cases of political killings in PH to UN

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Cases of extrajudicial killings related to the Duterte administration's bloody war on drugs are next

Karapatan brings cases of political killings in PH to UN

China remains world's biggest executioner – Amnesty

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Amnesty's report found that hundreds of death sentences, including cases involving foreign nationals, had been omitted from China's public database of court verdicts, suggesting a concerted effort to hide the extent of the country's killings

China remains world's biggest executioner – Amnesty

How are women's rights measured online?

Apr 10, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Filipino women do not enjoy the same rights as men online, despite the high social media penetration in the country. But there are things the government and stakeholders can do to address this

How are women's rights measured online?

Gay men caught having sex in Indonesia face caning

Apr 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The two men, aged 20 and 23, were caught on video naked in a room together by a neighbor.

Gay men caught having sex in Indonesia face caning

Half a believer

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Some scientific adventures on the subject of morality and belief

Half a believer

#CampusIssue: How will the Magna Carta shape UP elections?

Apr 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The question needs to be asked: Should a document codify and recognize the rights of the students? The students’ answer to this question might be the tipping point of the 2017 campus elections in UP Diliman.

#CampusIssue: How will the Magna Carta shape UP elections?

Pepsi drops ad accused of mocking 'Black Lives' protests

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The spot provokes an outcry and widespread derision on social media claiming Pepsi is seeking to profit from the social justice movement

Pepsi drops ad accused of mocking 'Black Lives' protests

Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Myanmar minority

Apr 06, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Suu Kyi to BBC: 'I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening.'

Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Myanmar minority

Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) The incident brings swift international condemnation, with France and Britain demanding an emergency UN Security Council meeting and President Francois Hollande denouncing a 'massacre'

Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry

Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

Apr 02, 2017 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'It's not 27 [human rights] conventions that we are imposing on you. It's 27 conventions that you already signed up for in the UN system,' EU Ambassador Franz Jessen says

Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dead at 65

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Baker came up with the iconic 8-colored banner for San Francisco's 1978 gay freedom day, a precursor to the modern pride festival, having taught himself to sew in his 20s

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dead at 65

Gabriela hits Alvarez for ‘flaunting’ affair

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas and Emmi de Jesus say it is 'unbecoming' of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to generalize that all lawyers have extramarital affairs like him

Gabriela hits Alvarez for ‘flaunting’ affair

'Morong 43' generals want charges dropped on technicality

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Torture charges against the military and police officers have been dismissed, but they still face charges before the Sandiganbayan for the illegal detention of the 43 health workers suspected to be rebels

'Morong 43' generals want charges dropped on technicality

Lawmakers vote on deal to repeal North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The so-called 'bathroom bill,' which has drawn intense controversy since it was debated in 2015 and narrowly passed by the state last March, is slated Thursday, March 30, for a series of repeal votes in the state legislature

Lawmakers vote on deal to repeal North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

The day Duterte faced the Commission on Human Rights

Mar 30, 2017 - 11:17 AM

In 2009, then mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte denied the existence of the Davao Death Squad during a public hearing, but admitted there were 'unexplained, unresolved' killings

The day Duterte faced the Commission on Human Rights

WATCH: Villagers cut python belly and discover missing man's body in Indonesia

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:37 PM

A 25-year-old farmer was swallowed whole by a python, while he was harvesting his crops.

WATCH: Villagers cut python belly and discover missing man's body in Indonesia

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:04 PM

In a statement widely shared by Rohingya activists outside of Myanmar the group says it acted to 'defend, salvage and protect (the) Rohingya community in Arakan (Rakhine)'

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

Ombudsman disbarment, CHR, oral arguments | Evening wRap

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Ombudsman disbarment, CHR, oral arguments | Evening wRap

CHR says no 'definite conclusion' yet on extrajudicial killings

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is still premature to draw any conclusion on whether or not extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs are state-sponsored

CHR says no 'definite conclusion' yet on extrajudicial killings

P300M to be released for martial law victims

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The names of 4,000 martial law victims to receive 50% of compensation have been submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary, says the Palace

P300M to be released for martial law victims

CHR's Gana says no evidence yet linking extrajudicial killings to state

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Commission on Human Rights official Gwen Pimentel-Gana, who heads the task force on EJKs, says government policy must exist for the extrajudicial killings to be considered state-sponsored

CHR's Gana says no evidence yet linking extrajudicial killings to state

Kahihiyan o karangalan

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Ang sagot sa pahayag ng administrasyong Duterte na hindi dapat nakikialam ang mga banyaga sa mga pangyayari sa Pilipinas: may karapatan silang makialam kapag mga Pilipino na rin mismo ang nagrereklamo sa kanila

Kahihiyan o karangalan

What women worldwide owe Leticia Ramos-Shahani

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'If the women of the world today enjoy what is known as the bill of human rights for women, the whole world owes it to Leticia Ramos-Shahani,' Ambassador Rosario Manalo says

What women worldwide owe Leticia Ramos-Shahani

Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya

Mar 25, 2017 - 7:18 PM

'The establishment of an international fact-finding mission would do more to inflame, rather than resolve the issues at this time,' Myanmar's foreign affairs ministry says

Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya