Philippine human rights

State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

Duterte's plan to withdraw from Int'l Criminal Court 'anti-people'

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) says the withdrawal would expose Filipinos to lack of justice in the event of 'atrocious crimes'

After Duterte tirades, EU won't repeat human rights clause in PH deals

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A European Union Commission official says there is no need to reiterate the condition on respect for human rights, as the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the two parties already states that

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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'

Murder shocks Filipinas in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

While the murder of Joanna Demafelis rocked the Philippine community in Kuwait, many say they want to remain in the country

REPATRIATED. Filipino workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. Noel Celis/AFP

Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk

EXPLAINER: ICC’s track record and what it means for Duterte and the PH

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The ICC's preliminary examinations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan took more than a decade to complete. It also has not been able to serve a warrant of arrest against the President of Sudan.

ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the International Criminal Court to 'go ahead' and 'find him guilty' of crimes against humanity for the thousands of deaths in his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang Photo

Int'l Criminal Court closely following drug war killings from 2016

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:06 PM

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says her office has conducted 'a careful, independent, and impartial review of communications and reports documenting alleged crimes'

Int'l Criminal Court takes 1st step in probe into Duterte drug war

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor starts a 'preliminary examination' to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

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

Dela Rosa admits cops demanded money to remove names from drug list

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The PNP chief warns policemen against the illegal practice as the organization prepares to revive its Oplan Tokhang in January – their 3rd try with the campaign

NEW TOKHANG? Dela Rosa asks PNP's top officials to conduct Tokhang differently once they return. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: On Human Rights Day, groups urge Filipinos to fight tyranny

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The groups condemn alleged human rights violations linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, as well as the imposition of martial law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. On the International Human Rights Day, groups condemn the administration's war against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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

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Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Both sides in Marawi siege committed abuses – Amnesty Int'l

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:06 AM

An Amnesty International report says the civilian population in Marawi City suffered immensely from abuses of both members of the Maute Group and government forces

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Nov 09, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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Bar examinees urged: Become people's lawyers, human rights defenders

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) addresses bar examinees in an open letter just in time for bar examinations

LAWYERS. 2016 Bar passers take oath before justices of the Supreme Court. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CHR urges gov't to reconsider, accept UN call to probe killings

Sep 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Human Rights calls on the Duterte administration to show it is 'serious in making progress for human rights'

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

'Puro dribble': CHR hits PNP for not cooperating in drug war probes

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippine National Police has only provided lists not detailed documents

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

Aug 17, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The New York based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed targets on the backs of human rights advocates

CHR: Use of drop boxes in drug war increases risk of mistaken arrest

Aug 13, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights hopes the government will reexamine its anti drug campaign and adopt a human rights based approach

Possible impeachment complaint? CHR's Gascon says he's ready

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Chairperson Chito Gascon a former Liberal Party director general says he stands by his record of non partisanship under the Commission on Human Rights

Give CHR zero budget if it cannot be abolished – Alvarez

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however is confident that Congress will augment their 2018 budget

Accountability and human rights: The role of the CHR

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Is it the CHR which enjoys enormous powers in the government? Who exactly have been enjoying monopoly of economic and political power in the country who could have done more?

CHR investigates raid that led to Parojinog death

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The Commission on Human Rights probes into whether protocols were followed in the raid that led to the death of 15 people including the Ozamiz City mayor

Déjà vu – U.S. Congress again looking at horrific human rights violations in PH

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:00 PM

A group is now lobbying the US Congress to take a careful look at the violent anti drug campaign of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

Bill seeks to create 'separate and specialized' subject on human rights

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:48 PM

UPDATED This follows one of the recommendations of a 2012 study commissioned by the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme

TIMELINE: Probing into the Davao Death Squad

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Several investigations witnesses and hearings have been conducted in the past decade yet the existence of the Davao Death Squad remains to be a very contested issue

CHR to Duterte: Rape is never a joke

May 28, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Women especially those poor and vulnerable who bear the brunt of the ongoing violence on the ground are not objects of ridicule either says the Commission on Human Rights

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If you're arrested or detained, know these rights

May 26, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Constitution remains in effect even in times of emergency such as during martial law This means that rights during arrest or detention remain in place

CHR refutes Cayetano: We did not change definition of EJKs

May 08, 2017 - 10:47 PM

The Commission on Human Rights joins at least 45 UN member states in calling on the Philippine government to conduct a thorough investigation and hold accountable those behind the killings

U.S. bill filed to restrict arms exports to PNP

May 05, 2017 - 3:12 PM

US Senator Benjamin Cardin says this proposed law shows the consequences if President Rodrigo Duterte s bloody war on drugs continues

U.S. senator threatens to block weapons sale to PNP

May 02, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Senator Benjamin Cardin also says he is deeply disturbed by the invitation of President Donald Trump for President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House

HITTING DUTERTE. US Senator Benjamin Cardin threatens to block the sale of certain US weapons to the Philippine National Police. File photo from

To the boy who lost his father to Duterte's drug war

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:40 PM

I wanted to tell you that violence is never a way out of desolation; that there is change in hope not in fear

An open letter to Human Rights Watch on EJKs, Duterte, and Karapatan

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:08 PM

Has the militant rights group spoken out strongly against the wave of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines?

How the unfulfilled EDSA revolt led to Duterte

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The failure to deliver on the promises of the People Power Revolution made the rise of Duterte politically possible

Then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte attends the Peasants Electoral Agenda forum at University of the Philippines in Diliman during campaign trail on February 3, 2016 . Photo by Jansen Romero

House to extend death penalty debates to January 2017

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says more supermajority congressmen would be amenable to reimposing the death penalty if only applied to drug related cases

MORE DEBATES. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says House sessions in January 2017 would include floor debates on the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

My dinner with Digong

Nov 14, 2016 - 6:28 PM

Here’s the plan I hope to share with Duterte over dinner at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila

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Jan 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Aquino's human rights record a 'failure' – watchdog

Jan 28, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Human Rights Watch also denounces Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for encouraging extrajudicial killings

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (January 14, 2016). The annual reception which marks the 29th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Human rights sidelined in Philippine presidential race – Amnesty

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Amnesty International Philippines asked the 5 leading presidential bets for a copy of their human rights agenda but none complied

Families remember Ampatuan massacre victims

Nov 23, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Relatives of the 58 victims visit the burial site of the Ampatuan massacre to pay their respects to their loved ones

Where are General Palparan's co-accused?

Aug 15, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Already retired Major General Jovito Palparan is not covered by an Executive Order allowing the military take into custody soldiers facing criminal raps

CO-ACCUSED: File photo of Colonel Felipe Anotado testifying in court. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Palparan files motion to remain at NBI, cites security fears

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED The retired military general cites an assassination threat by the New People s Army in seeking to persuade the court to let him remain under NBI custody

HRW: Palparan arrest end of Aquino apathy on PH impunity?

Aug 13, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Human Rights Watch says other alleged high profile human rights abusers including the reported mastermind of the Tagum City ‘death squad ’ should be next in line

Martial Law victims in N. Mindanao receive compensation

Feb 07, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Around 170 victims of human rights abuses from Lanao del Norte Bukidnon Misamis Oriental Camiguin and Misamis Occidental received P50 000 each

Philippines leads ASEAN focus on human rights

Nov 18, 2012 - 12:49 PM

The Philippines is taking the lead in strengthening the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration amid concerns that it does not conform with universal human rights