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CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima refiles bill protecting human rights defenders

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the bill ensures that human rights workers 'are free and protected' and that government policies will 'support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms'

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Various roups mark International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila, on December 10 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Human rights: How to deal with Duterte, the biggest challenge?

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Advocates are constantly challenged by President Rodrigo Duterte's 'intentional distortion' of human rights since 2016. What are lessons learned?

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rights group denied chance to present evidence in red-tagging hearing

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Court of Appeals 14th Division submits the case for decision without allowing human rights group Karapatan to present testimonies and witnesses

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay expresses disappointment over the Court of Appeals waiving their right to present evidence in the group's writ of amparo case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Things to know: the bill that seeks to protect human rights defenders

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:37 AM

The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines

House approves bill protecting human rights defenders

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. Human rights activists take to the streets on International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte gov't says human rights lawyers don't need SC protection order

May 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also tells the Supreme Court that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot be impleaded in the writ of amparo

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

Human rights defenders also killed under Duterte administration

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:13 PM

2017 marks the bloodiest year for human rights defenders under the Duterte administration

Over a hundred human rights defenders have been killed under the Duterte administration alone.

Duterte blasts communists: Why would I kill a lawyer?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'Napaka-small time ko naman. Why would I assassinate him?' says President Rodrigo Duterte days after human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was killed

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Region 10 beneficiaries held at the USTP Gymnasium, Claro M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City on October 31, 2018. Malacañang photo

Protecting human rights groups vs threats

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society

Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst

Duterte's drug war pushes victims' families deeper into poverty

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'Isang kahig, isang tuka ang mga pamilya ng mga biktima. Mas lalo pa itong lumala nang napatay ang primary breadwinner,' says PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Simbulan

House OKs longer validity of Martial Law victims' compensation

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Legislators vote 213-0-0 to approve the joint resolution that would extend the validity of the Martial Law victims' compensation until December 31, 2019

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

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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No one to blame but Duterte for PH failure to curb drugs – rights group

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

'Duterte did that all by himself, in a path of tyrannical megalomania and unparalleled self-destruction,' says Karapatan, in response to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Committee (MRRD-NECC) National Convention at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on March 21, 2018, reiterates that his campaign against illegal drugs will remain relentless amid criticisms. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Int'l Criminal Court 'encourages' PH gov't to reconsider withdrawal

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The International Criminal Court also reiterates that withdrawal from the court would not change a country's obligation to cooperate in a proceeding which had already begun

Lawmakers form group to push for human rights in House agenda

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines

Prone to abuse: 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

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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