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'Big blow against impunity': Human rights groups welcome Palparan conviction

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The court finds the former army general Jovito Palparan, who was nicknamed 'berdugo' (The Butcher), guilty of kidnapping and illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan

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

Over 100 rights groups urge Bahrain to free activist Nabeel Rajab

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:29 PM

The call by 127 non-governmental organizations came after the United Nations denounced Nabeel Rajab's detention as 'arbitrary' and 'discriminatory' earlier this month

NABEEL RAJAB. Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (C) is greeted by relatives at his home in the village of Bani Jamrah, west of Manama, earlier on July 14, 2015, after his release from prision. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Bangladesh court orders hospital for arrested photographer

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Shahidul Alam is arrested at his Dhaka residence by plainclothes policemen on Sunday, August 5, after going live with Al Jazeera speaking about the recent student protests rocking the country

SHAHIDUL ALAM. Activists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on August 6, 2018. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over 'interference'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia gives envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs

Myanmar Reuters reporter says he was hooded, deprived of sleep

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:29 PM

'They asked us questions every two hours and we did not have a chance to sleep for 3 days,' reporter Wa Lone explains to the court

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

Indonesia 'anti-LGBT abuses' fuel HIV cases – Human Rights Watch

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Government actions are discouraging some at-risk groups from accessing prevention and treatment services, according to a new Human Rights Watch report

Russia persecutes Jehovah's Witnesses – rights watchdog

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'The Jehovah's Witness faith is not an extremist organization,' says Human Rights Watch director Rachel Denber. '(Russian) Authorities should stop this religious persecution of its worshippers now.'

BANNED. File photo shows members of Jehovah's Witnesses on a street stand near in Lviv, Ukraine. Shutterstock

HRW: Anti-tambay policy 'retraumatizes' communities affected by drug war

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'The police are again demonstrating their preference for wielding fear, intimidation, and arbitrary arrest to target vulnerable communities rather than respect for the rule of law,' says Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch

File photos from Shutterstock, Alecs Ongcal and Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

[OPINION] The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects

HRW: Murders of priests, journalists 'matter of grave concern'

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'These killings, alongside the thousands of deaths in the drug war, are grim reminders of the vulnerability of the poor and those who speak out for their rights,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Sotto wrong, rights groups not quiet over India rape cases – HRW

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Human Rights Watch tells Philippine Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that international groups have been speaking up about sexual violence in India

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SWS survey on Duterte’s trust rating, Press freedom in PH, Kim and Moon summit | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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Human Rights Watch hits Kuwait for ‘punishing’ embassy staff aiding OFWs

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Rothna Begum of HRW says Kuwaiti authorities should not be punishing embassy officials for helping domestic workers in danger

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

Dela Rosa dares HRW to take him to court: 'Puro kayo dakdak'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on Thursday, April 19, after completing a term marred by allegations of human rights violations

RETIRING SOON. PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa should be held accountable over drug war deaths – HRW

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'When Ronald Dela Rosa retires as director general of the PNP, he will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship,' says Human Rights Watch

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. The chief PNP says he will be transferred when he retires next year. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte on Bangsamoro, Lorenzana on peace talks, HRW on Roque | Midday wRap

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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Linking rights groups with drug lords 'dangerous, shameful’

Mar 26, 2018 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'Are they trying to have death squads target human rights activists?’ asks Human Rights Watch, after Malacañang tagged groups critical of its drug war as paid lackeys of drug lords

Human Rights Watch 'biased' and 'untruthful' – Singapore

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Ministry of Law zeroes in on a Human Rights Watch report from last year which said that while the financial hub was an economic success, it was time to relax tough regulations not in line with international human rights standards

SINGAPORE. Tourists take a boat ride past the Merlion (background) at Marina Bay in Singapore on March 22, 2018. Photo Roslan Rahman/AFP

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'

PH 'terror' list a 'gov't hit list' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:19 PM

'We are shocked that the special rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples,' UN rights experts say of the inclusion of UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in the list

SC en banc on Sereno, Rappler on Roque, DOTr on MRT3 | Evening wRap

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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Rights groups slam Cayetano's defense of drug war before UN

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Human Rights Watch urges the Philippine government to 'stop depicting itself as the victim'

Duterte defends 'shoot in the vagina' remark

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this 'sarcasm' is directed at female rebels who bear children while still with the New People's Army

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

HRW: Deployment ban to Kuwait increases risk of OFW abuse

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Human Rights Watch also says Kuwait should 'confront the outcry' over the reports of abuse by taking 'immediate steps to reform the kafala system'

INCREASED RISKS. Human Rights Watch warns that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait would increase risk of abuse. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

Duterte slammed for saying condoms 'not pleasurable'

Feb 17, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

CONDOM JOKE. President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about condoms as he welcomes overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait. Malacañang photo

Philippines on China, Malacanang on Manalo, Quiboloy detained in Hawaii | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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HRW: Indonesia's award for Dela Rosa 'an insult' to PH drug war victims

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'[The award] is perverse assessment of a Philippine government official implicated in possible crimes against humanity for inciting and instigating killings linked to the war on drugs,' HRW’s deputy Asia director Phelim Kine says

Malacañang to HRW: De Lima not a martyr for justice

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:57 PM

'She is facing charges of criminal nature, plain and simple,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in response to the call of Human Rights Watch to free Senator Leila de Lima after a year in jail

Calida on Ombudsman probe, Roque on fake news bill, HRW on Duterte | Evening wRap

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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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

De Lima dares Duterte: Support UN-led probe into drug war deaths

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'If he has nothing to hide, then it’s high time for the President to support the independent investigation into the human rights violations and abuses incessantly happening under his regime,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLER. Senator Leila de Lima tells the international community that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer.'

Roque on feminists, Duterte on dictatorship, Facebook downvote tool | Evening wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Rights groups laud Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of PH drug war

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:27 PM

'The ICC’s action is a rebuke of the Philippine government’s campaign of denial and distraction seemingly designed to deflect growing evidence of extrajudicial executions,' says Human Rights Watch

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 8, 2018

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:39 AM

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

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BIR on Sereno, Duque confirmation, NFA rice shortage | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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HRW calls for end to 'government abuses' in indigenous communities

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Government plans to improve the lives of the Lumad are unlikely to succeed so long as indigenous communities live in fear of violence, exploitation, and abuse,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

JUSTICE SOUGHT. Indigenous people and religious leaders join a rally to call for justice for the murdered Lumad leaders in Mindanao. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Human rights activists on UN visit to Indonesia: 'Hopeful but not optimistic'

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:17 PM

As Indonesia awaits the arrival of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, advocacy groups understand the visit's impact but are realistic in their expectations

Bahrain deports 8 after revoking their citizenship – HRW

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Under Bahrain's citizenship law individuals who engage in acts deemed "disloyal" to the state can be stripped of their nationality

DEPORTED. Human Rights Watch reported 8 civilians were deported to Iraq after Bahrain revoked their citizenship. Photo by Rappler

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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HRW calls for independent probe to 'clarify' PH drug war toll

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An 'impartial and verifiable death toll' is a crucial first step in attaining justice, says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

FIRST STEP. Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government should support an independent probe. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? – Villanueva

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:45 PM

But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

'Democracy has never been more alive in PH' – Cayetano

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:41 PM

This comes after Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte 'has plunged the Philippines in its worst human rights crisis' since the Marcos dictatorship

DEMOCRACY ALIVE? Press freedom advocates stage a solidarity gathering in Quezon City on January 19, 2018, after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked the license of Rappler, an attack against press freedom in the Philippines. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NBI on Rappler, HRW on Duterte, Pope Francis marries couple on papal plane | Midday wRap

Jan 19, 2018 - 12:36 PM

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Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says

HRW report hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

In its annual report, Human Rights Watch tracks unchecked abuse in unstable states like Syria and Myanmar, authoritarian trends in powers like Turkey and China – and also weighs in on year one of Trump's White House

RESIST. In this file photo, NYC Coalition to Resist US President Donald Trump holds Inauguration Day protest and march to the Trump Building on Wall Street, January 20, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

SEC move vs Rappler a 'politicized attack' – HRW

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia, says this move is a weaponization of state regulatory processes

Somalia's Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children – HRW

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Human Rights Watch says an aggressive campaign to recruit children began in mid-2017, with the jihadists taking reprisals against communities who refuse to cooperate

Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS, Qaeda for 'terrorism'

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Rights watchdog Amnesty International has voiced repeated concerns about the use of the death penalty in Iraq, which it ranks as one of the world's top executioners behind China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia