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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'

From his FB page

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

Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

CHR: Profiling of ACT members a cause for concern

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:57 PM

'The police must acknowledge and recognize that the mere act of profiling already prejudices and discriminates against the members of the concerned groups,' says CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia

HOAX: CHR 'offers help' to Ateneo bully

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it did not issue such statement, and the supposed 'spokesperson' in the claim does not exist

Screenshot of a claim in philnewstoday.com about a statement by a supposed Commission on Human Rights spokesperson on the Ateneo bullying incident

CHR concludes landmark climate change investigation

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' probe scrutinizes giant companies like Shell and ExxonMobil and their impact on climate change

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Hundreds of Woman from Various sectors march to the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources to denounce coal and fossil fuel industries and call for a transformation of dirty energy to renewable energy systems. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CHR warns of danger in 'normalization' of Mindanao martial law

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the government can 'quell any threats without the need to invoke the extraordinary powers of martial law'

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

CHR's Liwasang Diokno a 'safe space' for human rights

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

The freedom park is named after the late senator Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno – the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines

HOAX: CHR chair says 'rights of NPA rebels should not be violated'

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'The quote is a work of fiction,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

Gov't urged to ensure justice for other victims like Kian delos Santos

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says there must be accountability for all of the other deaths under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

'Death squad' vs NPA will 'worsen' existing human rights calamity

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he will form sparrow units is a 'declaration of open season against rebels, leftists, civilians, and critics of the government,' according to Human Rights Watch

WORSE. Human rights groups warn that the President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to create squads similar to sparrow units will worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines. Photo from Malacañang

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