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Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

North Korea warns U.S.-South Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,' an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson says in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea

NUCLEAR TALKS. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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?

PH won't provide drug war docs if UNHRC report 'just fishing expedition'

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Philippine government will only respond to requests for documents if Malacañang 'feels that the question is legitimate'

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn't understand PH

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of his son, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on June 21, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Groups hit PH govt's 'overreaction' to U.N. resolution vs drug war killings

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Human rights groups say the response of the Philippine government is a 'poor display of diplomacy'

Members of the Human rights defenders who lobbied states at the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council expressd dismay at the poor display of diplomacy by the Philippine government, as the UNHRC voted to adopt Iceland’s resolution to probe the war on drugs in the Philippines at a press conference in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang says UNHRC resolution an insult to Filipinos

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:44 AM

The Palace calls the resolution 'grotesquely one-sided' and says President Rodrigo Duterte will decide whether to 'permit' the United Nations to probe drug war killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR says U.N. resolution vs drug war 'opportunity' to improve PH situation

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine government to revisit its stand on independent probes into drug war killings

Philippines threatens U.N. countries hitting drug war

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom: 'There will be consequences, far-reaching ones'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr rejects a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from DFA

Rights groups: Pass U.N. resolution vs PH drug war killings now

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 AM

'There’s no other time,' say Philippine human rights groups attending the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

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

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

North Korea says U.S. 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meet

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Pyongyang's delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday, July 3, says the US continues to be 'obsessed with sanctions'

TRUMP-KIM III. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zoneon June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

5 things we learned from Trump-Kim III

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Takeaways from the weekend encounter of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

North Korea hails 'historic' Kim-Trump summit

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Regional powerhouse China says renewed discussions between North Korea and the United States are of 'great significance'

'HISTORIC.' North Korea's Kim Jong-un (L) and US President Donald Trump meet on the south side of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the DMZ on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

Jun 30, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula comes with negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington over the North's nuclear arsenal at a deadlock

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

'Say hello': Trump invites Kim to DMZ meeting

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:57 PM

If Kim accepts, it would be the third meeting between the leaders of the two former enemies amid efforts to denuclearise the Korean peninsula

SAY HELLO? In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea slams South for 'meddling' in U.S. talks

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'The south Korean authorities would better mind their own internal business,' senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong-gun says, in a stinging rebuke to the North's neighbor days before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul

MORE TALKS? US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.N. 'paralysis' delaying justice for Khashoggi murder

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Agnes Callamard is a United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Special rapporteurs are independent experts who do not speak for the UN but report their findings to it.

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard delivers a keynote message during the Drug Issues, Different Perspective: A Policy Forum at the UP campus on May 5, 2017. Rappler screengrab

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

North Korean leader receives 'excellent' letter from Trump – state media

Jun 23, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'China holds the key to what North Korea wants the most – security guarantee and economic development,' says an analyst

US-NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb / AFP

UN labor agency approves landmark anti-harassment convention

Jun 22, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The convention is adopted following tough negotiations among different parties on issues like defining 'vulnerable groups'

Google employees stage a walkout on November 1, 2018, in New York, over sexual harassment. - A Google Walkout For Real Change account that sprang up on Twitter on October 31 called for employees and contractors to leave their workplaces at 11:10am local time around the world on Thursday. Tension has been growing over how the US-based tech giant handles sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The meeting will deal with the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US reconnaissance drone

(FILES) A file picture taken on May 10, 2019 shows Iranian demonstrators gesturing around a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during a rally in Tehran. - Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on May 19, 2019, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. (Photo by STR / AFP)

North Korea lauds China ties as Xi wraps up trip

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong-un tells the Chinese president that his visit is an opportunity to demonstrate 'the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship before the world'

FRIENDSHIP. A picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on June 21, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd R), his wife Ri Sol Ju (R) meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (L) in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Kim and Xi in Pyongyang talks as both face standoffs with Trump

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years

XI IN NORTH KOREA. People watch a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping at Pyongyang airport, at Seoul railway station in Seoul on June 20, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder – U.N. expert

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir slams Agnes Callamard's report, insisting it 'contains clear contradictions and unfounded allegations, casting doubt on its credibility'

KHASHOGGI MURDER. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Xi Jinping pens friendship letter to North Korea before rare visit

Jun 19, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Xi, who will be the first Chinese president to visit Pyongyang in 14 years, pens a rare front-page opinion piece in North Korea's official newspaper, touting their 'irreplaceable' bond on the eve of this two-day trip

CHINA-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. A commemorative stamp featuring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) meeting with China's leader Xi Jinping is pictured at a shop in Pyongyang on June 18, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

China slams U.S. criticism of U.N. envoy's Xinjiang trip

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says the visit of Vladimir Voronkov, the United Nations under-secretary general for counterterrorism, was 'very successful'

VISIT. United Nations counterterror undersecretary general visits China, including a stop at Xinjiang region. AFP file photo

China's Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:33 PM

The timing is likely to raise eyebrows at the White House as it comes one week before the G20 summit in Japan, where US President Donald Trump expects to meet with Xi Jinping to discuss their trade war

KIM AND XI. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018, shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP FILE PHOTO / CCTV

World cannot afford major confrontation in the Gulf – U.N. chief

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:08 AM

'I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells a Security Council meeting on UN cooperation with the Arab League

UN REACTS. This file photo shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Sister of North Korean leader pays respects at Panmunjeom meeting

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Kim Yo-jong, who holds a powerful position in the reclusive state, delivers the message, and flowers, on her brother's behalf at a meeting with South Korean officials at Panmunjeom in the demilitarized zone

MEETING. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows Kim Yo-jong (R), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Chung Eui-yong (2nd L), South Korea's top national security advisor, during a meeting to deliver a message and flowers on her brother's behalf at the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on June 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / South Korean Unification Ministry

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Philippines rejects call for U.N. rights council probe

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice on International Human Rights Day. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. attacks 'ghastly' conditions in Libya migrant detention centers

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:21 PM

According to UN figures, some 3,400 migrants and refugees remain detained in Tripoli, which has seen a surge in fighting since early April

LIBYA MIGRANTS. A child of African migrants who fled battle zones in Libya peeks out from a window at a detention center in Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, on April 27, 2019. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) Eleven independent experts say in a statement, 'The government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfill their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable'

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. This file photo shows Cordillera Human Rights defenders as they march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day.€ File photo by Mau Victa

South Korea approves $8 million in aid for hungry North

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:57 PM

It will be the first such aid Seoul has provided Pyongyang since 2015 and follows the North's lowest recorded harvest for a decade, according to the United Nations

DROUGHT. North Korea's border county of Kaepoong is seen from a South Korean observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 17, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Fresh strikes on Syria jihadist enclave kill 13

May 29, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Analysts predict that the government of President Bashar al-Assad and its allies will continue to chip away at the area but not unleash a major assault that would create chaos on Turkey's doorstep

SYRIA. This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the jihadist-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

U.S. walks out of U.N. arms control body in Venezuela protest

May 28, 2019 - 7:02 PM

'Whatever is discussed in there, whatever is decided, has absolutely no legitimacy because it is an illegitimate regime presiding over that body,' says US ambassador to the conference, Robert Wood

WALK OUT. This file photo shows US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

North Korea must legalize markets to prevent rights abuses – U.N.

May 28, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Market activity remains a 'legal gray area' in the North and a 'source of further human rights violations,' says the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

PYONGYANG. Visitors attend an opening ceremony of the 22nd Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House in Pyongyang on May 20, 2019. File photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/AFP

Trump: I still have 'confidence' in North Korea's Kim

May 26, 2019 - 8:22 AM

'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,' says US President Donald Trump

CONFIDENT IN KIM. US President Donald Trump says he continues to have confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies – U.N.

May 23, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The survey says nearly three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in their management reported profit hikes of between 5% and 20%

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2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

May 16, 2019 - 11:54 PM

'We have begun to launch air strikes targeting sites operated by the Huthi militia, including in Sanaa,' a Saudi-led coalition official says

CONFLICT. Yemenis sift the rubble of a heavily damaged building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP