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U.N. special rapporteur condemns detention of Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:10 AM

David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, says it is 'simply intolerable' that Ressa remains in NBI custody

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3 U.N. special rapporteurs to probe violations vs De Lima

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Council asks the Philippine government to immediately free Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Saudi Arabia, allies slam 'biased' U.N. resolution on Yemen

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

It comes after the UN Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen by both the Saudi-led coalition and the Shiite Huthi rebels

New U.N. panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Only 3 of the council's 47 members voted against the resolution: Philippines, China, and Burundi. Thirty-five voted in favor, while the rest either abstained or refrained from casting a vote.

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

PH not following US withdrawal from UN rights body

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The US decision to leave the UNHRC 'reflects' President Rodrigo Duterte's sentiment that 'there is bias in human rights groups,' says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. steps up threat to quit UN human rights council

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The United States says the UN human rights council was 'grossly biased' against Israel after adopting 5 resolutions against the country

THREAT. The United States says it was losing patience and again threatens to quit the UN Human Rights Council after adopting 5 resolutions condemning Israel. File Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP

China defends Duterte from U.N. rights chief's tirades

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:02 AM

China says 'anyone without bias can see' that President Rodrigo Duterte has made 'achievements' in fighting illegal drugs and improving people's jobs

FOREIGN MINISTRY. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemns 'widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal' attacks against the Rohingya

DEHUMANIZED. Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Solano, Dela Rosa, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

PH rejects calls by UN member-states for probe into EJKs

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Philippine delegation insists that deaths from police operations 'are not EJKs'

HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) air a live webcast from Geneva, Switzerland of the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the CHR Central Office in Quezon City on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations,' the head of the fact-finding mission says

ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants the UN rights chief to use a Philippine report in May when the UN official was citing Kian delos Santos death in August

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits the UN human rights chief for using not only facts from the Philippine government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marawi crisis, Reynaldo de Guzman, UN Human Rights Council | Midday wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Refugees fleeing the unrest have brought stories of entire villages burned to the ground by Buddhist mobs and Myanmar troops

SEEKING AID. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017.  K M Asad/AFP

After killings of teenagers, HRW urges UN inquiry into PH drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN led international probe child killers among the police will continue to get away with murder says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. Protest placards, pictures and paintings from supporters fill the Delos Santos store shelves on August, 25, 2017, the eve of Kian's funeral. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China blocking rights activists, harassing experts at UN – HRW

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In its report Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese officials of routinely photographing and filming activists on UN premises in violation of UN rules and barring Chinese activists from travelling to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

KENNETH ROTH. Executive Director of international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) Kenneth Roth poses for a picture during an interview with AFP on the eve of the launch of a new report by the NGO in Geneva on September 4, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Maduro cancels Human Rights Council appearance in Geneva – UN

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Speaking in Geneva shortly before the appearance was scrapped Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth says the idea of President Maduro coming to the UN to speak about human rights is laughable

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a national flag during the closing of the campaign to elect a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the constitution, in Caracas on July 27, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

U.S. pressures Myanmar to accept UN rights probe

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Yangon officials said last week that they would deny visas to the 3 person team mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate abuses reportedly committed by security forces in Rakhine state

In this file photo, Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they are towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Januar/AFP

Philippines complains to UN agency about Callamard

Jun 24, 2017 - 5:44 PM

UPDATED The Philippines voices its extreme displeasure over the consistent biased prejudgment made by UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN RAPPORTEUR. Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions, refuses conditions set by the Philippine government for a probe into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

[Newspoint] Quibbling over life and death in the war on drugs

May 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Thousands of lives have been taken summarily and we are debating whether those killings were justified or not

Human Rights Watch slams Cayetano for defending 'the indefensible'

May 10, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The global group says the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is delusional for thinking it can sway other countries from pushing for accountability over drug related killings

PH should honor treaties vs death penalty, UN body tells Pimentel

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:14 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Committee calls on the Philippines to take its treaty obligation seriously

Karapatan brings cases of political killings in PH to UN

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Cases of extrajudicial killings related to the Duterte administration s bloody war on drugs are next

STOP THE KILLINGS. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay leads a rally against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines on March 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Pamalakaya-Pilipinas

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:04 PM

In a statement widely shared by Rohingya activists outside of Myanmar the group says it acted to defend salvage and protect the Rohingya community in Arakan Rakhine

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. Monks and ethnic Rakhine protesters take part in a demonstration against a government push to speed up the citizenship verification process for the stateless Rohingya minority in Sittwe township, Rakhine state, on March 19, 2017. File photo by Khine Htoo Mrat/ AFP

North Korea boycotts UN review of its rights record

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The UN s top expert on the human rights situation in North Korea Tomas Ojea Quintana tells the council in Geneva that increasing military tensions in the Asia Pacific region have further isolated the Stalinist state

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

PH gov’t fence-sitting on LGBTIQ rights at UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Our ambassador’s position simply refuses to give due recognition to our domestic realities and trivializes the efforts of government and civil society to ensure that LGBTIQ Filipinos live with dignity

Growing number of countries refusing to cooperate on rights – UN

Sep 13, 2016 - 6:33 PM

The UN rights chief decries an emerging pattern in which a growing number of states were refusing access to UN representatives investigating allegations of rights violations

DIPLOMACY'S HEART. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors'€™ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Probe opens into UN troops' alleged sex abuse in DR Congo

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The United Nations and Tanzania open a joint enquiry into alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian troops serving in the UN peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

UN rights team will seek to hold N.Korea leaders to account

Mar 24, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The new expert group will focus on issues of accountability for human rights violations in the country in particular where such violations amount to crimes against humanity

NORTH KOREA AND HUMAN RIGHTS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 20, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting landing and anti-landing exercises of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo from KCNA/AFP

Lumad leader's child tells UN rapporteur about injustices

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:16 AM

UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst describes the murders of Lumad leaders as systematic no different from the aggressions suffered by human rights defenders in rural areas and indigenous communities

LAMENT. United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst meets with members of Karapatan to discuss the situation of human rights defenders in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

North Korea to boycott UN rights council – foreign minister

Mar 02, 2016 - 12:05 AM

The UN s top rights body repeatedly slams the situation in North Korea with a massive 2014 report charging the country and its leadership were guilty of a wide range of crimes against humanity

RI SU YONG. Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea, delivers his statement during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 1, 2016. Photo by Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Thousands risk starving to death in Syria – UN

Feb 29, 2016 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED Syrians trapped in their besieged towns could die as they face continued lack of food and water

A handout picture released by UNICEF and taken on January 14, 2016 shows a UNICEF employee measuring the arm of a malnourished child in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, as they assess the health situation of residents of the famine-stricken town. Relief agencies entered Madaya with a convoy on January 14 to deliver desperately needed humanitarian assistance, in the second such operation this week.   / AFP / UNICEF / STRINGER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNICEF" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

Feb 12, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Alarm is growing in EU capitals that thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after over a million made the perilous journey last year

'GOODBYE' REFUGEES? In this file photo, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the inauguration of the refurbishment works of the Turkey Square in Santiago de Chile, Chile, February 2, 2016. File photo by Sebastian Silva/EPA

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jun 15, 2015 - 12:08 AM

Nine months after the end of the conflict Israel reveals the findings of the investigation into the conduct of its forces and that of the Hamas militants it was fighting

WAR. A Palestinian walks between destroyed houses in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the East of Gaza City, 10 September 2014. Photo from EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Rights group to Suu Kyi, ASEAN: Speak up for Rohingya

May 27, 2015 - 12:49 AM

Human Rights Watch calls on all politicians all people of conscience within Myanmar to say that the abuse of Rohingya refugees cannot be tolerated

epa04749173 Rohingya and Bangladeshis mother carries her baby inside the refugees camp at Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, 15 May 2015. According to reports, more than 600 Rohingya and Bangladeshis landed at Kuala Langsa Port, Aceh, Indonesia. Despite the risks, the Rohingya continue to leave Myanmar in large numbers, fleeing anti-Muslim violence and discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country. The UN's refugee body said that between January and March this year, almost 25,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis boarded smugglers' boats; double the number from the same period last year. More than 8,000 migrants were adrift off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, an IOM official said on 12 May 2015, posing a potential humanitarian crisis for the region's governments.in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka. EPA/JUN HA

UN expert demands international action on North Korea abductions

Mar 17, 2015 - 9:08 AM

Marzuki Darusman: There is a real sense of urgency to solve this matter once and for all

Marzuki Darusman, Member of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Launch of the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. 17 February 2014. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo

UN brushes off Australia PM's angry asylum-seeker response

Mar 10, 2015 - 10:43 AM

Special rapporteur Juan Mendez says he is not concerned by the comment

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 December 2014. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australians sick of being lectured by UN – PM

Mar 09, 2015 - 2:08 PM

I really think Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations particularly given that we have stopped the boats and by stopping the boats we have ended the deaths at sea

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 December 2014. Lukas Coch/EPA

Sri Lanka seeks foreign help with new war crimes probe

Mar 02, 2015 - 11:42 PM

Sri Lanka also opens talks to learn from South Africa s reconciliation process

In this handout photograph released by the Sri Lankan Presidential Office, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (C) is pictured as he unveils his manifesto for the January 2015 presidential election in Colombo on December 23, 2014. Photo by AFP/Presidential Offie

Agrarian reform a must for food security in PH – UN expert

Feb 27, 2015 - 4:04 PM

The legislative objective is laudable but the implementation is hindered by various roadblocks Hilal Elver UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food says

UN expert to visit PH to assess food security

Feb 20, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The United Nations Special Rapporteur will check on how accessible food is in the country and if the right to food is fully realized

Israel wants UN Gaza war probe shelved as chief quits

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Canadian international law expert William Schabas resigns after Israel complains he had prepared a legal opinion for the Palestine Liberation Organization in October 2012 the United Nations said

In this file photo, a Palestinian walks between destroyed houses in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the East of Gaza City, 10 September 2014.

US envoy says North Koreans face 'living nightmare'

Dec 23, 2014 - 7:22 AM

United States envoy Samantha Power says compiled testimonies from North Korean exiles expose the regime s brutality

WHERE'S KIM JONG-UN? An undated photograph made available by the North Korean News Agency KCNA on 07 July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) accompanied by younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, (left) in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea where they visited the Songdowon International Children's Camp. KCNA/EPA

North Korea to snub UN Security Council meeting

Dec 20, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Ten of the 15 council members has pushed for North Korea to be put on the agenda but Russia and China have argued that rights concerns should be put before the UN Human Rights Council and not the Security Council

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

UN watchdog slams police shootings of blacks in US

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:34 PM

UPDATED The UN Committee Against Torture urges Washington to ensure that all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force are investigated promptly effectively and impartially

JUSTICE. Protestors march shouting slogans and carrying signs through neighborhoods in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 23 November 2014. File photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

UN resolution on N. Korea rights record 'counter-productive' – Russia

Nov 20, 2014 - 9:46 PM

In my opinion it is counter productive to try to make some loud statements through confrontational resolutions at the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

A view of the General Assembly about to meet on the Human Rights Council’s 2014 report, 17 November 2014, at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo