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Syrian fighters upping attacks on civilians during pandemic – UN

May 09, 2020 - 12:36 PM

There have been reports of targeted killings and bombings in Syria, many of which take place in populated areas

A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah souk (market) in the old city of Syria's capital Damascus on March 22, 2020, as part of efforts against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)

U.N. warns of police brutality, curtailing of rights under virus lockdown

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:16 PM

'Shooting, detaining, or abusing someone for breaking a curfew because they are desperately searching for food is clearly an unacceptable and unlawful response,' UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says

JAIL IN THE PHILIPPINES. This photo taken on March 27, 2020 shows prison inmates at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. File photo by Maria Tan/AFP

U.N. identifies 112 firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:36 PM

The move is cheered by the Palestinians but slammed as 'shameful' by Israel

JEWISH SETTLEMENTS. Israeli soldiers walk with the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit behind them to disperse a demonstration by Israel's controversial separation barrier (foreground) in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

China accuses U.N. rights chief of 'inapppropriate' inteference

Dec 01, 2019 - 11:14 AM

China condemns United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet after she called for probes into alleged police violence in Hong Kong

SLAMMED. UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / AFP

U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Bolsonaro accuses U.N. rights chief of meddling, praises Pinochet

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Brazil's president hits UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet for allegedly meddling in his country's internal affairs by 'attacking our courageous civil police and military'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project, which aims at reducing the rates of violence in cities, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019.  EVARISTO SA / AFP

United Nations rights chief slams U.S. move to detain migrant children indefinitely

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:58 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet voices concern over a US move to allow migrant children and their families to be detained for unlimited periods

SLAMMING THE US. UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

What happened when the U.N. reviewed Venezuela's human rights situation?

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dismisses the report as being 'fraught with false statements.' Will the same happen to the Philippines?

U.N. rights chief 'shocked' by conditions at U.S. migrant detention centers

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:52 PM

A Department of Homeland Security report has warned of 'dangerous overcrowding' in multiple detention facilities holding thousands of migrants seeking to remain in the United States

PROTEST. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of US Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Rule of law in Venezuela 'eroded' – U.N. rights chief

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Venezuela immediately slams the report, saying it 'is dominated by a selective and partial vision'

ON VENEZUELA. In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chilean Michelle Bachelet, speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 PM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says the recorded 5,425 deaths in police operations in the Philippines would be a matter of concern already for any country

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. rights chief urges states to repatriate families of ISIS fighters

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:28 PM

In her opening address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet insists that countries must take responsibility for their nationals caught up in Syria's drawn-out war

ON ISIS. In this file photo, Chilean High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a press conference in Caracas on June 21, 2019. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

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U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'The drug policies in place in the Philippines, and its lack of respect for rule of law and international standards, should not be considered a model by any country,' says Michelle Bachelet in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions – U.N.

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Venezuela clearly illustrates the way violations of civil and political rights can accentuate a decline of economic and social rights,' says United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet

VENEZUELA. View of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Malacañang sees improved ties between Duterte, new UN rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine government welcomes the appointment of former Chile president Michelle Bachelet as new chief UN human rights commission

Chile's Bachelet picked to be U.N. rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Michelle Bachelet – a two-time president who ranks among the world's most powerful women in politics – will step into a position that has drawn much controversy under Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

NEW UN RIGHTS CHIEF. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the next UN commissioner for human rights. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pantaleon Alvarez, ASEAN statement on China, Bong Go movie role | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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Will next UN rights chief treat Duterte, world leaders more gently?

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:56 AM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has acknowledged that his unvarnished criticism of world leaders has made it impossible for him to secure a second term

RIGHTS CHIEF. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks in Guatemala City on November 17, 2017. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Conservative billionaire Pinera sworn in as president of Chile

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Sebastian Pinera, who was president from 2010-2014, promises to stimulate growth and create jobs. He is assuming the presidency just as Chile's economy is showing signs of rebounding from a period of sluggish growth due to low prices for copper, the country's biggest export.

SEBASTIAN PINERA. Chile's new President Sebastian Pinera gestures upon arrival at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago after the inauguration ceremony on March 11, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Billionaire Piñera to return as Chile's president

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Sebastian Piñera will lead the country – the world's top copper producer – for 4 years starting in March 2018

WINNER. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera, surrounded by his family and supporters, celebrates his victory outside a hotel in Santiago after the runoff election on December 17, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Piñera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Billionaire conservative Sebastian Piñera and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month

COMEBACK. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera (C)speaks to the press during the national election, in Santiago, on November 19, 2017. Claudio Reyes/AFP

Piñera poised for presidential comeback in Chile

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:38 PM

If the 67-year-old billionaire does ultimately become head of state, it would be his second chance to run Latin America's fifth-biggest economy

Chile's presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech while sharing a picnic with supporters in Santiago, on November 17, 2017, ahead of the presidential elections next November 19. Chile has been considered since the '90s a hub of political stability and economic performance due to neo-liberal free market methods applied during the late dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule -privatising healthcare, education and pensions. The downside for the population was that salaries were frozen, unemployment and poverty increased and -despite outgoing President Michelle Bachelet's education reform bill- students have kept on protesting against the still expensive and unequal education system. / AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYES

Why Marcos’ final resting place matters

Aug 31, 2016 - 9:00 AM

History is a powerful force President Duterte cannot dismiss

Chilean president's chief of staff quits

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:50 AM

The government says Burgos quit for personal reasons and names Chile s current ambassador to Uruguay Mario Fernandez Baeza as his replacement

Jorge Burgos speaks during a press conference at the Chilean embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2, 2016. File photo by David Fernandez/EPA

Chile president: No such thing as a superwoman

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet turns personal and talks about women s struggles in a forum at the Miriam College in the Philippines

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet speaks during a dialogue with women's groups and young women leaders in Miriam College, Quezon City. The dialogue is part of her State visit in Manila and the APEC Leader's meeting. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chile president Bachelet to Filipino women: Work, love, laugh

Nov 17, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Using metaphors jokes and her colorful personal story Chilean President Michelle Bachelet commends Filipino women and urges them to close the gender gap

'I'M HAPPY.' Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says attending a women's forum at Miriam College makes her happy. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aquino to Chilean president: I found a 'kindred spirit' in you

Nov 16, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Aquino tells Michelle Bachelet: As individuals who had to endure hardship and exile under our countries’ dictatorial regimes you and I know full well the terror that tyranny brings

SHARED EXPERIENCE. President Benigno S. Aquino III tours Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Malacañang Palace during her state visit to the Philippines on Monday, November 16. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

VLOG: PH, Chile sign 2 agreements in Bachelet state visit

Nov 16, 2015 - 4:03 PM

The Philippines is the first southeast Asian country to have ties with Chile 70 years ago

PH, Chile eye free trade, enhanced disaster cooperation

Nov 16, 2015 - 3:20 PM

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet recalls that the Philippines was the first Southeast Asian country to have ties with Chile nearly 70 years ago

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, witness the signing of agreements at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace during the State Visit to the Philippines on Monday (November 16, 2015) at the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

APEC Look back: Where were 2015 APEC world leaders in 1996?

Nov 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Rappler lists what the heads of state of APEC member economies were doing back when the Philippines first hosted the high level meetings in 1996

Chile, Mexico leaders to hold PH state visits before APEC summit

Nov 07, 2015 - 5:36 PM

President Aquino will also hold bilateral meetings with US President Barack Obama Russian President Vladimir Putin and other APEC leaders at the sidelines of the Manila meeting

STATE VISIT. President Benigno Aquino III is set to host the state visits of the leaders of Chile and Mexico before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Chileans deal with aftermath of 8.3 quake

Sep 18, 2015 - 4:43 AM

2nd UPDATE Officials say the earthquake on Wednesday evening September 16 is the 6th strongest in the history of Chile and the most powerful anywhere in the world this year

WASHED ASHORE. A fishing boat that was ran aground by the sea while moored in the port of Coquimbo, some 445 km north of Santiago, during the eve's earthquake on September 17, 2015. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Powerful Chile quake kills at least five, 1M evacuated

Sep 17, 2015 - 8:06 AM

4TH UPDATE In Chile thousands of terrified residents rush out onto the streets in the capital Santiago The quake is felt as far away as Argentina where buildings also swayed

CHILE QUAKE. People remain in the street after a strong quake in Concon, 110 kms northwest of Santiago on September 16, 2015. Photo by Esteban Zuniga/AFP

Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed

Apr 05, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Bachelet: It pains me to see my country in such a state we will find a solution

COMFORT. A handout picture provided by the Chilean Presidency shows the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet (C), hugging a woman who was affected by recent floods in Diego de Almagro, Chile, 04 April 2015. Alex Ibanez/Handout/EPA

Hillary Clinton: Distressing to see women get paid less

Sep 23, 2014 - 7:08 AM

We have to keep knocking down those external and internal obstacles that are cultural and religious says Hillary Clinton on the gender pay gap

WAGE GAP. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says even the US struggles with economic empowerment for women. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Shocked Chile searches for answers on bombings

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Anarchists? Radicalized students? Ultraconservatives? The range of theories spans the political spectrum in this country still deeply divided by its 1973 military coup and 17 year dictatorship

Chilean police personnel from a bomb disposal unit arrive at the Escuela Militar subway station in Santiago on September 8, 2014. Sergio Pina/AFP

Deadly Chile fire rages for third day

Apr 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Chilean officials expect to take another two days before they can extinguish the fire

CLEARING WRECKAGE. Volunteers work on clearing wreckage at Ramaditas hill in Valparaiso, Chile, on 14 April 2014. Felipe Trueba/EPA

Life slowly returns to normal in quake-hit Chile

Apr 05, 2014 - 8:15 AM

A powerful 8 2 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday April 1 killed six people and forced thousands to evacuate especially in coastal areas vulnerable to flooding and tsunamis

HOMELESS. Families camp on the sand hills surrounding Iquique on April 4 in fear their homes might collapse. Three days after the quake, northern Chile had power and other basic services well on the way to being fully restored, according to regional power companies. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/ Agence France-Presse

Powerful 7.8 earthquake rocks northern Chile

Apr 03, 2014 - 12:32 PM

A new 7 8 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern Chile following an 8 2 magniitude jolt in the same region

AFTER THE QUAKE. Detail of debris of a building affected by the 01 April earthquake, of 8.2 Richter scale magnitude, in the city of Iquique, Northern Chile, April 2, 2014. Felipe Trueba/EPA

Chile orders evacuation as 8.2-magnitude quake kills 5

Apr 02, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The earthquake off Chile s Pacific coast kills 5 and prompts residents to seek higher ground to avoid two meter high tsunami waves

HIGHER GROUND. People flee the 'Costa Verde' bay after a tsunami alert in Lima on April 1, 2014. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Bachelet wins Chile presidential run-off

Dec 16, 2013 - 10:02 AM

Bachelet 62 takes office March 11 to succeed Sebastian Piñera for a term running through 2018 She served as Chile s first woman president in 2006

PRESIDENT ONCE MORE. Chilean president-elect, Michelle Bachelet, applauds as she delivers a speech after getting the results of the run-off presidential election in Santiago on December 15, 2013. AFP/Claudio Reyes

Bachelet set to win Chile presidential runoff

Dec 15, 2013 - 8:43 AM

Michelle Bachelet s likely comfortable contest with conservative Evelyn Matthei actually marks the first time across all of Latin America that a presidential runoff takes between two women

FACE OFF. The presidential candidates of Chile Michell Bachelet (R) and Evelyn Matthei (L) shake hands before the beginning of the televised debate in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 10 December 2013. EPA/Felipe Trueba

Bachelet clear favorite after Chile first round vote

Nov 19, 2013 - 7:55 AM

In another first for Chile the result ensured a head to head run off between two women

FRONTRUNNER. Former president Michelle Bachelet (L), delivers a speech in the San Ramon neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, 18 November 2013. EPA/Mario Ruiz

Chileans head to polls with Bachelet poised to win

Nov 17, 2013 - 2:04 PM

Although Chile has enjoyed economic success in recent years front runner Bachelet has pledged to bring a new cycle of reforms to reverse the country s wide income gap

BACK IN POWER? A man walks amid two electoral posters of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, presidential candidate of the opposition Nueva Mayoría, in a street of Santiago de Chile, Chile, 14 November 2013. EPA/Felipe Trueba

Chile marks 40th anniversary of Pinochet coup

Sep 12, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Unrest erupted overnight in and around the capital Santiago ahead of commemorations marking the September 11 1973 overthrow of then president Salvador Allende

REMEMBER SEPTEMBER 11. Lighted candles outside Londres 38 (one of the main centers of torture during the Chilean dictatorship by Augusto Pinochet), in Santiago, Chile, on 11 September 2013. EPA/Mario Ruiz

Vatican, Iran resist UN effort fighting violence on women

Mar 05, 2013 - 9:56 AM

The Vatican Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference which started Monday March 4 to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children

A view of the General Assembly Hall as Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (shown on screens) addresses the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), at UN Headquarters in New York, 4 March 2013. UN Photo / Rick Bajornas