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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

On Thursday, April 5, 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

CHR to Duterte: Learn from lessons of Marcos dictatorship

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Activist youth group Anakbayan warns President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful what he wishes for because 'dictators are overthrown'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 45th Founding Anniversary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at the NEDA Central Office in Pasig City on February 6, 2018, reiterates his stance on eliminating corruption in government. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trillanes, Sabio welcome Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of drug war killings

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well

CHR: Ancestral lands of indigenous peoples 'sacred' and protected by law

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that any development plans on ancestral domains, including opening them to investors, should take into consideration the rights of indigenous peoples as enshrined in the law

CHR says Duterte's '42 virgins' joke is 'utterly degrading' for Filipino women

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'The fact that it is done in a foreign context makes it even more appalling because it objectifies Filipino women in the larger international arena,' the Commission on Human Rights says

CHR expresses 'grave alarm' over proposal to limit protection of free speech

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'A free, democratic society depends on the free exchange of ideas and speaking truth to power and fighting for one’s convictions are both anchored on our ability to exercise this freedom,' the Commission on Human Rights says

CHR urges public to defend press freedom

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The CHR says "protecting press freedom means protecting the interest of the people"

PRESS FREEDOM. The Commission on Human Rights said it is important to defend press freedom amid threats to curtail it. Photo by Rappler

CHR: Address human rights violations under martial law in Mindanao

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The Commission on Human Rights still believes that there is no need for martial law to address threats of terrorism and lawless violence

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace lauds CHR probe into carbon emitters

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:41 PM

Greenpeace Southeast Asia praises the Commission on Human Rights' planned public hearings on a petition filed against the world's largest investor-owned fossil fuel and cement producer

PETITIONERS. Members of petitioning organizations and communities as well as other supporters listen to the speaker during the vigil program outside the CHR. Photo by Geric Cruz/Greenpeace

CHR to start public hearings on petition vs top carbon emitters in 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:50 PM

'No other case has been filed anywhere in the world trying to establish a nexus between human rights and climate change,' says Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

New human rights caucus calls for gov't action on violations

Dec 10, 2017 - 5:20 PM

The CSO-CHR Consultative Caucus for Human Rights (C4HR) aims to raise awareness of human rights as well as coordinate action among stakeholders to promote and defend these rights

Artists’ group to hold human rights concert on December 9

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

‘Alab ng Puso,’ organized by Dakila, features Sandwich, Noel Cabangon, BLKD, Aia de Leon, Tanya Markova, Hilera, Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios and Naliyagan Band, Gary Granada, Flying Ipis, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, IV of Spades, Oh! Flamingo, Ourselves the Elves, and spoken word artists Alfonso Manalastas, Louise Meets, Abby Orbeta, and Juan Miguel Severo

Manlaban Para sa Karapatan rally/concert at the CHR kicks off with a performance from Cheats, Saab Magalona. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHR tells PNP to make arrests, and not kill, in return to drug war

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:55 PM

'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia

CHR's Cadiz: Show-cause order over comments may cause ‘chilling effect’

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:29 PM

‘If I, as a lawyer and commissioner of an independent constitutional body, should be cited for expressing an opinion…what kind of precedent would that set for people who question the government every day?’

University president killed in Cagayan de Oro

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Dr Ricardo Rotoras is the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

DR RICARDO ROTORAS. University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year

IBP partners with CHR to provide free legal aid to victims of rights violations

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:47 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) says the involvement of IBP with its current 60,000-membership now 'sends forth a ripple of hope in this troubling and violent crimes besetting our country'

CHR's Gascon reiterates concern over 'sense of impunity' in PH

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Regardless of who is at the helm of the government's drug war, Commission on Human Rights chief Chito Gascon assures the public that they will continue to monitor and investigate human rights violations but asks law enforcers to cooperate

CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

CHR's Gascon to Duterte: Words matter

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte

Harry Roque headed to Marawi for cases vs Maute group

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he will go to Marawi City to gather information on cases that can be filed against Maute group members for violation of international humanitarian law

RUINS OF MARAWI. A soldier patrols the warzone in Marawi which remains off limits to civilians weeks after the city was liberated from local terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Ex-CHR head gets int'l award for political courage

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Germany-based Progressive Alliance cites ex-CHR chairperson Etta Rosales for her contribution to human rights in the Philippines

PA AWARD. Former CHR chairperson and Martial Law victim Etta Rosales is honored by the Progressive Alliance. Photo courtesy of Akbayan

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

Ateneo president backs Sereno, Ombudsman, CHR

Oct 14, 2017 - 1:27 PM

'We call on everyone in the community to defend our democratic institutions,' says Ateneo de Manila president Father Jose Ramon Villarin

DEFEND. Ateneo de Manila University president Jose Ramon Villarin calls on the university community to defend the Philippines' democratic institutions. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler