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HRW on possible PH-wide Alsa Masa-like network: Another weapon vs rights

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch says tapping groups like Alsa Masa for grassroots intelligence gathering 'will worsen the human rights calamity' in the Philippines

Education advocates to gather in Students’ Rights Summit 2018

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Interested participants may register online or contact Rise For Education until November 16

Murder of 'Mabinay 6' lawyer 'an attack vs human rights movement'

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights groups call on the government to 'act with urgency' in addressing the rising violence against human rights defenders

CHR: 'Promised internal cleansing' of PNP should lead to better police force

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The Commission on Human Rights condemns the rape of a 15-year-old girl by a Manila cop in exchange for the release of her parents arrested for illegal drugs

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR on Negros farmers' slay: Death should not be price of claiming one's rights

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:14 PM

CHR's regional office in Bacolod City sends a fact-finding team 'to find out the truth in the incident towards ascertaining accountabilities'

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

CHR to Duterte gov't: Fulfill duty as U.N. rights council member

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Commission on Human Rights points out that the reelection of the Philippines was 'expected because the Asian group fielded as many candidates as there were seats in the Human Rights Council'

Politicians least trusted to respect human rights of Filipinos – SWS

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Social Weather Stations survey also shows that teachers are the most trusted to have true respect for human rights

House panel recommends charges vs cops over secret jail cell in Tondo

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The House committee on human rights says the living conditions of detainees inside the jail cell were 'beyond humane' and violated UN standards

IN THE DARK. Twelve allegedly illegally detained men and women are found in a 'hidden lock-up cell' in MPD Station 1 on April 27, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Commission on Human Rights to probe Cebu killings

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:12 PM

One of the survivors of the Barangay Malubog killings is under the custody of the Commission on Human Rights-Region 7

CHR: Linking schools to Red October plot endangers students

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights says the 'blanket act of red-tagging' of the youth may give the military license to infringe on freedoms and rights but Malacañang thinks otherwise

DISSENT. Protesters, mostly students, called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as Baguio joined the observance of the declaration of Martial Law Friday, 46 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986 through people power. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Not funny: CHR calls out Duterte over extrajudicial killings remark

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'Hindi tama na gawing paksa ng biro ang pagkamatay ng libu-libong Pilipino na patuloy na humihingi ng hustisya,' says CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia

DUTERTE SPEECH. President Rodrigo Duterte makes another controversial remark – that his only 'sin' is extrajudicial killings – in his speech at a Malacanang event on September 28, 2018. Presidential Photo

House lawmakers want more budget for CHR for 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:49 PM

'If they have more money, the Commission on Human Rights will perform more than what they are able to do now in so far as the investigations of cases are concerned,' House Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairperson Raul del Mar says

Plans for Martial Law victims, martyrs memorial move forward

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We will continue to tell the story despite the fake news and the post-truth arguments because it's important that the future generations are made aware of what really happened during Martial Law,' CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon says

CHR investigating 'appalling, unacceptable' mockery of deaf people on video

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:39 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation follows a complaint against Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar from the Philippine Federation of the Deaf

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Palparan conviction sends strong signal to human rights abusers – CHR

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) It's a triumph of strong will, says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR, former HRVCB members warn martial law victims against scams

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board say that they are no longer accepting new applications amid reports that a group is soliciting money to process reparation claims from victims of Martial Law

Senate committee okays CHR budget for 2019

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Stay relevant, stay focused, and be more objective,' Senator Panfilo Lacson tells the Commission on Human Rights

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CHR to Duterte: Stop rape jokes, review your language

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon tells President Rodrigo Duterte that rape is no laughing matter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on August 21, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Voided Trillanes amnesty appears to be 'attempt to silence dissent' – CHR

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'The hallmark of a strong democracy is that it guarantees separation of powers, checks and balances, and respect for the views of the minority,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon

House panel okays P689-M CHR 2019 budget in under 5 minutes

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Commission on Human Rights’ experience in its 2019 budget briefing is a stark contrast from last year when then House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatened to give zero budget if the commission could not be abolished

CHR probes arrest of lawyers in Makati bar raid

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The commission says it is 'deeply alarmed' by the arrest of the 3 lawyers 'who were only fulfilling their obligation as counsels of their client'

OBSTRUCTION? Cops detain lawyers at the Makati Police Station on August 16, 2018, for taking notes and photos during a police inventory of a raided bar. Photo courtesy of the Southern Police District

Graft trial of ex-CHR commissioner Quisumbing to continue

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan denies the bid of Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing to have her case dismissed, and orders her to proceed with presenting evidence

GRAFT TRIAL. Sandiganbayan is moving on to the defense presentation in the graft trial of former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing, who is accused of promoting an aide to get her salary deferentials. Photo by Rappler

Nicaragua protest death toll at 317, rights group says

Aug 02, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) says the death toll since protests broke out on April 18 includes 21 police officers and 23 underage victims.

PROTESTS. Youngsters hold homemade mortars during a march by University students and medical doctors dismissed from public hospitals for treating wounded anti-government protesters, against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, in Managua, Nicaragua, on July 31, 2018. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Opposition slams Duterte's 'defeatist' SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:55 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antionio Trillanes IV says the President’s SONA has failed to present any real solutions to the problems plaguing the Philippines

NO SOLUTION. Opposition leaders gathered before the Commission on Human Rights said President Duterte's SONA failed to present solutions to problems facing the country. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

CHR’s Gascon hits Duterte human rights tirade

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says calls and protests against extrajudicial killings are not meant to stop government from doing its job

Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte’s 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Auditors flag CHR seminars at hotels, unliquidated cash advances

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights spends P5.4 million in 2017 for trainings and seminars at hotels where participants were also billeted

CHR EXPENSES. The Commission on Audit flags the Commission on Human Rights for unliquidated cash advances and millions paid for trainings inside hotels.

CHR: Makati cops in strip-search video violated Anti-Torture Act

Jul 05, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police 'to open a transparent investigation' to hold the perpetrators accountable

Climate of fear: Justice remains elusive 2 years into Duterte's drug war

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it has never before encountered the magnitude of killings seen under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. It is now struggling to keep up with investigations.

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

CHR praises PNP for ban on presenting suspects to media

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Commission on Human Rights says the policy, which should have been implemented as early as 2008, 'is in consonance with human rights standards particularly on due process and presumption of innocence'

PRAISE. The Commission on Human Rights gives an 'OK' to the Philippine National Police

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno 'erodes rule of law'

May 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Framing their work as interference without concrete basis may discourage foreign nationals from doing important missionary and humanitarian work in our country,” the Commission on Human Rights says

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Con-Com votes to make CHR a constitutional commission in new charter

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This is meant to give the Commission on Human Rights more fiscal autonomy and strengthen its investigative powers in the constitution that will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte

Bring withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court to SC? Risky due to 'political atmosphere'

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says

Rappler Talk: CHR's Roberto Cadiz on PH's withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country

CHR: 'Dangerous, baseless' to link human rights groups with drug lords

Mar 28, 2018 - 8:06 PM

In response to Malacañang, the Commission on Human Rights says making allegations without proof opens human rights advocates to attacks

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State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

CHR's Cadiz: ‘Puny rationalizations’ will not make ICC issue disappear

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:46 PM

‘Whether we like it or not, this will proceed and the only smart thing is for the government now is to heed the warning of the court,’ says Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

CHR: Withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court can be seen as 'encouraging impunity'

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Human Rights Watch and Karapatan also slam President Rodrigo Duterte's move, saying that his administration must be held accountable for 'all rights violations'

Can Senate stop PH's withdrawal from ICC? Pacquiao blocked the resolution

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

In February 2017, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao blocked the resolution that would have created the Senate's legal position that its concurrence is needed in all treaty withdrawals

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CHR to Malacañang: Stop attacks on human rights defenders

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:23 PM

'Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display sincere commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place,' the Commission on Human Rights says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with local chief executives from Luzon at the Royce Hotel in Clark, Pampanga on March 7, 2018, reiterates his strong stance against corruption and illegal drugs. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

What you need to know about state surveillance

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state monitoring?

MONITOR. Reports in February revealed the Duterte administration purchased spyware from the British government.

Sereno hints at opposition to Charter Change

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno rallies support for the constitutional bodies facing threats of either abolition or dilution under Cha-Cha proposals

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

CHR reminds Duterte, police: Obey 'lawful' orders

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'

SHOOT THEM. President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes female rebels for joining the armed conflict when they should be home taking care of their families. Malacañang file photo

CHR notes 'improvement' in PNP's relaunched Oplan Tokhang

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights cites the crafting of tight guidelines for the drug war, but says it is still 'premature' to commend the campaign as 'less bloody'

'NEW TOKHANG'. A suspected drug user in Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, is invited to undergo rehabilitation by Quezon City District Police Director Guillermo Eleazar. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler