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U.N. rights office: Maria Ressa arrest latest in ‘pattern of intimidation’ vs Rappler

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Charges that 'appear to be aimed at preventing journalists from undertaking their profession' also deprive the public of their right to information, says Rupert Colville, spokesperson of UN Rights chief Michelle Bachelet

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Majority of Filipinos find Duterte 'bastos' for insulting UN rights chief

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:01 PM

According to a Social Weather Stations survey, 52% of Filipinos also found as 'vulgar' President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial kiss on the lips with a married Filipina in South Korea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2018 Mindanao Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 13, 2018.

Duterte calls UN rights chief 'empty-headed'

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has been advised to refrain from commenting on the remarks of UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, but he wants to 'seek revenge'

WORD WAR. In his latest tirade, President Rodrigo Duterte calls UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein 'emtpy-headed.' Zeid file photo from Johan Ordonez/AFP; Duterte file photo from Malacañang

UN rights chief slams Duterte's order to ignore drug war probes

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:54 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also warns that the 'authoritarian approach to governance' of President Rodrigo Duterte can do irreparable damage to efforts to strengthen rule of law in the country

UN rights chief to Indonesia: Stop LGBT crackdown

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'At a time when it is consolidating its democratic gains, we urge Indonesians to move forward - not backwards - on human rights'

RIGHTS CHIEF. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, seen here during a press briefing 6 January 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, is the UN human rights chief. Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo

Malacañang says UN rapporteur Callamard incompetent, biased

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

After the UN human rights chief condemns Duterte's threat to slap Agnes Callamard, Malacañang says the President should not be judged for his 'colorful language'

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

UN rights chief slams Duterte for threat to slap Callamard

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The UN rights chief condemns 'in the strongest terms' the threats made by President Rodrigo Duterte against UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the 65th League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) General Assembly at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City, on November 21, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte to UN rights chief: Shut up, we pay your salary

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:16 PM

In his latest rant against a United Nations human rights official the Philippine president says: You officials sitting there on your asses we pay you your salaries You idiot You do not tell me what to do I am your employer

RANT. President Rodrigo Duterte talks about the 'idiot' United Nations officials during gathering of community drug watch volunteers in Pampanga on December 22, 2016. Onstage with him are (from left) Clark International Airport Corporation OIC Alexander Cauguiran, Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda.

UN on death penalty: PH will break int'l law

Dec 09, 2016 - 11:24 AM

The UN human rights chief makes an appeal to uphold the international human rights obligations of the Philippines against the death penalty

HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF. This file photo dated February 29, 2016, shows Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing the opening of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. File photo by Pierre Albouy/UN Photo

Trump would be 'dangerous' if elected – UN rights chief

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The UN s rights chief warns that Donald Trump s statements points to a dangerous figure emerging on the world stage if he wins the US presidency

GLOBAL THREAT? Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for a rally at Aaron Bessant Park on October 11, 2016 in Panama City, Florida. Mandel Ngan/AFP

UN warns of Israel-Palestinian 'catastrophe' as more protests expected

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:12 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein warns that the latest flare up in violence in the 6 decade old conflict was dangerous in the extreme

CATASTROPHE? Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, October 21, 2015. File photo by Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Sri Lanka to act on UN war crimes report

Aug 04, 2015 - 11:40 PM

The country s 37 year guerrilla war ended in 2009 with Sri Lanka s minority Tamils defeated by the government in a military campaign that left thousands of combatants and civilians killed and wounded

More than 6,000 killed in 'merciless devastation' in Ukraine – UN

Mar 02, 2015 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein calls on all sides to respect a fragile Minsk peace deal and halt the indiscriminate shelling and other hostilities that have created a dreadful situation for civilians

ONE IN 6,000. In this file photo, a woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015. Dominique Faget/AFP

Downing of MH17 'may amount to a war crime' – UN

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:09 PM

UN human rights chief: Every effort will be made to ensure that anyone committing serious violations of international law including war crimes will be brought to justice no matter who they are

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Ugandan gov't shrugs off aid cuts over anti-gay law

Feb 28, 2014 - 11:18 AM

The World Bank move follows action by Denmark the Netherlands and Norway to freeze or change aid programs for Uganda and blunt criticism from the United States and Sweden

'EXPOSED.' The front page of the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper on February 25, 2014 a day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the country's controversial anti-gay law. The image was tweeted by leading Ugandan LGBT activist Jacqueline Kasha.

Defiant Ugandan president signs tough anti-gay bill

Feb 24, 2014 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED Museveni s signing of the anti gay law comes despite fierce criticism outside Uganda

SIGNED INTO LAW. Uganda’s President H.E Yoweri Museveni speaks after he signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on February 24, 2014 in Entebbe. Isaac Kasamani/AFP

UN: More than 60,000 killed in Syria conflict

Jan 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

The UN says the Syrian conflict killed over 60 000 people since the uprising began in 2011