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Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says human rights defenders live a 'grim reality' in the Philippines as they face systematic and widespread attacks for their work

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

RALLIES OKAY? A protester at the "Grand Mañanita" protest rally against the anti-terrorism bill at UP Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHR brands anti-terror bill 'highly intrusive,' open to abuse

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the bill's broad definition of terrorism is an 'overreach' that could harm Filipinos in the long run

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

CHR to DOTr: Lift 'discriminatory' train ban on senior citizens

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds government agencies to consider the situations of people when implementing policies

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR slams Gwen Garcia for publicly shaming netizen

May 22, 2020 - 9:32 PM

‘Shouldn't we both be entitled to the same human rights that the Commission on Human Rights has vowed to protect?’ Garcia asks

GOVERNOR. Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia addresses the public via livestream in this file photo. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

Reconsider train ban on pregnant women, elderly – CHR

May 08, 2020 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) The ban on elderly persons and pregnant women from using the MRT, LRT, and PNR would take effect when enhanced community quarantine is lifted in Metro Manila

Members of Manila Police District led by District Director General Bernabe Balba give flowers to passengers of LRT Central Station in Arroceros, Manila to celebrate the Valentines Day on February 14, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CHR: 'Political whims' should not dictate fate of ABS-CBN or any media

May 05, 2020 - 11:53 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the closure order sends a chilling effect on media and freedom of expression in the Philippines

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Policing a pandemic: Philippines still stuck with drug war blueprint

May 01, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The human rights abuses reported during the lockdown stem from a culture of impunity that has dominated the country since the violent drug war began in 2016

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR urges gov’t to reconsider restriction of elderly going out

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We need a human rights- and evidence-based approach to dealing with this crisis,’ says the Commissioner on Aging and the Rights of Older Persons

Elderly doing an exercise every morning at the park of Baguio for healthy living ... Baguio City temperature drops chills to 9.4°C. photos by nau victa

CHR launches online reporting portal for gender-based violence during lockdown

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'If you are, or if you know someone is being abused within your homes or communities, reach out to us,' says the Commission on Human Rights

CHR reminds police, military: Violence not first option

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'If the use of force and firearms is unavoidable, then authorities must practice restraint,' says the Commission on Human Rights, which will conduct its own probe into the killing of Winston Ragos

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR reminds gov't: Human rights not suspended in fight vs coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights should be 'at the center of government efforts' against the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines

Motorists queue at a quarantine checkpoint at Batasan-San Mateo Road as police checks on IDs of pedestrians crossing the Metro Manila and Rizal border on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

CHR calls for justice over killing of peasant leader in Northern Samar

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Duterte government must stop 'all forms of violence and harassment against human rights defenders'

After Ampatuan conviction, CHR urges gov't to ensure same 'full force of law'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:15 PM

'May this verdict revive our faith in the justice system,' says the Commission on Human Rights, adding that the government must address 'marks of impunity that continue to prevail'

Attorney victims show the legal papers outside the court room after the hearing for the verict of ampatuan massacre case at Camp bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig on December 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

What the Philippines' CHR findings on polluters' liability mean for loss and damage negotiations at COP25

Dec 15, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Establishing successful legal cases could be the way to start putting pressure on rich polluting countries to finally make an action on loss and damage

Visitors arrive at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 3, 2019. Spain's Socialist government offered to host this year's UN climate conference, known as COP25, from December 2 to December 13, 2019, after the event's original host Chile withdrew last month due to deadly riots over economic inequality. CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

FALSE: No punishment for rapists in PH because they're ‘protected by CHR’

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Anti-Rape Law punishes rapists from 6 years of imprisonment to reclusion perpetua

‘Time for reckoning’: CHR lauded for declaration vs oil and cement firms

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Commission on Human Rights finds carbon majors legally and morally liable for their role in climate change and its effects on vulnerable communities

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Youth Climate advocates and various environmental groups call for a climate justice during the protest in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 29 November 2019. Photo by Basilio Sepe/Greenpeace

CHR: Big oil, cement firms legally, morally liable for climate change effects

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:19 AM

'We have found, based on the evidence presented before us and also our own research, that carbon majors may in fact be held morally liable and legally liable,' says the Philippines' Commission on Human Rights

CLIMATE ACTION. Demonstrators demand urgent action on the climate crisis from world leaders attending the COP25 summit, in Madrid, Spain on December 6, 2019. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

On Human Rights Day, fight vs abuses continues amid crackdown under Duterte

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay says human rights 'must continuously be asserted, defended and fought for’

Human rights advocates wearing masks bearing signs “Pinoy Resist” stage a creative action at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Tuesday, Dec, 10, 2019, urging the government to stop the killings related to the campaign against illegal drugs. The protesters urge the Duterte administration to veer away from killing suspects and innocent civilians as the “solution to the perceived drug problem” and also demand from the government to implement a rights-based approach against illegal drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR 'protects' only criminals

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they are mandated to remind the government to punish criminals 'in accordance with the rule of law'

BONG GO. Senator Bong Go interpellates the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and directly questions CHR chairman Chito Gascon on November 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.N. rights chief warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control'

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The latest toll takes the total number killed in the political crisis to 23, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

PRO-MORALES PROTEST. View of the road linking El Alto and La Paz blocked by supporters of the ex-President Evo Morales, as seen from El Alto, Bolivia on November 16, 2019. Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales are blocking roads leading to La Paz, causing shortages of products at markets. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Fearing more raids and arrests, progressive groups get CHR to inspect offices

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Karapatan deputy secretary-general Roneo Clamor says this is 'to deprive the police any opportunity to plant evidence' against activists

CHR: Reviving death penalty will lead to cycle of violence in PH

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:00 PM

On the World Day Against the Death Penalty, CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit notes the suffering of 'unseen victims' of capital punishment, including the children of people sentenced to death

REVIVAL? The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006. File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Death penalty for retribution? 'Not all victims want revenge' – CHR

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit says reviving the death penalty will not deter criminals, and revenge as motivation would only 'perpetuate a culture of violence'

Makabayan lawmakers push higher budget for CHR amid 'climate of injustice'

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'Gusto po sana naming maging priority ng gobyernong ito ang pangangalaga at pagtatanggol sa karapatang pantao,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

CHR's proposed 2020 budget moves to Senate plenary

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson asks the Commission on Human Rights to list its priority projects and expenses to see how much can still be augmented to the proposed P819.665 million budget for 2020

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Journalist killed in Mexico

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Nevith Condes Jaramillo is the 10th journalist killed in Mexico in 2019

CHR reminds government: Activism is a right

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says automatically linking expression of dissent and criticism to efforts against the government is a 'very limited view of how a democracy works'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHR says U.N. resolution vs drug war 'opportunity' to improve PH situation

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine government to revisit its stand on independent probes into drug war killings

CHR: Minors killed in drug war 'simply not collateral damage'

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) Three-year-old Myka Ulpina is the latest addition to the growing list of minors killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH, Nepal human rights bodies vow stronger cooperation on migrant workers' rights

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the partnership is 'more than welcome' as the Philippines and Nepal are two countries facing challenges when it comes to foreign labor

CHR: Mistaken arrest of Davao columnist 'puts into question' PNP guidelines

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Considering the current climate of impunity and growing reports of harassment and red-tagging, cases of mistaken identity raise doubts and fears,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR: Killings prove that violent rhetoric, vilification of human rights 'deadly'

May 03, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The public threats 'will weaken the works and influence of human rights defenders... who continue to challenge all forms of injustices and hold people in authority to account,' according to the Commission on Human Rights

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa

CHR warns red-tagging has 'serious implications' on security of groups

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that branding any group as a communist front without proper trial violates their constitutional guarantee of presumption of innocence

CHR: Release of drug war documents important for accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'It is only through greater transparency that we can ascertain the truth behind the circumstances leading to these killings,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Rights groups call for independent probe into Negros Oriental killings

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The killings are 'the handiwork of vicious butchers and men in uniform intoxicated by power,' says Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay

Anakpawis partylist stormed in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City to demand justice for the Negros 14 or victims of mass killing in Negros Oriental brought about by the joint police and millitary operations carrying out Oplan Sauron last March 30. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CHR: Drug list ahead of polls 'will only fuel mudslinging, violence'

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights opposes the plan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to release a drug list in time for the May 2019 elections

CHR: Improve jail management to prevent crimes inside prisons

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'The goal of prisons should be to reform persons deprived of liberty, to uphold human dignity while being accountable for their faults,' CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Protesters accuse the government of mismanaging their economy and call on President Omar al-Bashir to step down

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Blame for mass rapes points to South Sudan army – U.N. report

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:59 PM

'Collected evidence seems to suggest that the perpetrators of rapes in the Bentiu area are men who have the opportunity to come and go at ease within [Sudanese People's Liberation Army],' the report says

Rappler Talk: Chito Gascon on PH outside International Criminal Court

Feb 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon sits down with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss what the future holds for the Philippines as a non-member of the International Criminal Court

CHR: NDF consultant's death comes amid threats vs activists, rights defenders

Jan 30, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Karapatan says NDF consultant Randy Malayao and other victims of past killings are 'no doubt targeted because of their advocacies on people’s rights and for just and lasting peace'

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Majority of Filipinos want 15 as minimum age of criminal liability – SWS survey

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:38 PM

An SWS survey shows majority of those who disagree with jailing minors say minors should be instead placed under the custody of the social welfare department or its local counterparts

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Rights groups hit lack of facilities for children in conflict with the law

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

'If we’re going to be bringing up children inside a kulungan (prison), what kind of future do we expect?” asks Christine Sevilla of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

PROTEST. Different child rights groups belonging to the Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns oppose the newly amended law lowering the minimum criminal responsibility from age 15 years old to 9 years old. They hit the legislators who approved the amendment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act for using the children to advance their political interests. The press conference was held at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City. January 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHR to gov't: Address conditions pushing children to commit crimes

Jan 21, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the government should not place the burden on children 'for the failures of institutions meant to protect them'

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler