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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

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

U.N. expert to PH gov’t: Stop stigma against human rights defenders

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst says 'public stigmatization of human rights defenders...can incite perpetrators to act against them'

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders 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 late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

U.N. expert urges Philippines to drop charges against Rappler, Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:23 AM

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, calls the charges 'a serious threat against independent and investigative journalism in the Philippines, and will have implications beyond its borders'

MARIA RESSA. Screenshot from Rappler video.

India to deport Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN concern

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

The United Nations warns India that returning the men ignores the persecution they faced in Myanmar, and is a "flagrant denial" of their right to protection

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

How governments are cracking down on encryption and anonymity

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression reports on how governments have cracked down on two key elements to expression in the digital age from 2015 to 2018

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. The report praises the end-to-end encryption of some messaging apps, encouraging all messaging app makers to implement the technology as a default and to keep improving them. Image from Open Whisper Systems.


North Korea talks sidelining human rights – UN rapporteur

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Pyongyang remains accused by many – including the UN – of a litany of rights abuses against its population

TOMAS OJEA QUINTANA. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana gestures as he attends a press conference on June 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN Rapporteur: Judicial independence in PH under attack

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Philippine experts believe the statements are a nudge to the ICC prosecutor to claim jurisdiction to investigate the war on drugs

UN Special Rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan on a media briefing in Makati City on MAy 31, 2018.PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

When should hate speech be regulated? Context matters, says UN expert

May 31, 2018 - 6:35 PM

According to United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye, hate speech should be regulated when it incites violence or when it undermines other people's right to express themselves freely

REGULATING HATE. United Nation Special Rapporteur David Kaye submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online. File photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang rejects 'authoritarian' tag: Rule of law 'thrives' in PH

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is 'detached with the realities happening in the Philippines'

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz gestures during a press conference in Tegucigalpa on April 20, 2017. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

CHR to Malacañang: Stop attacks on human rights defenders

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:23 PM

'Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display sincere commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place,' the Commission on Human Rights says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with local chief executives from Luzon at the Royce Hotel in Clark, Pampanga on March 7, 2018, reiterates his strong stance against corruption and illegal drugs. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang on Corpuz' terrorist tag: UN must carefully select rapporteurs

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz can always challenge it in court

IP RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS. UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz advocates for the upholding of human rights of indigenous peoples (IPs). Photo by Vee Salazar

PH 'terror' list a 'gov't hit list' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:19 PM

'We are shocked that the special rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples,' UN rights experts say of the inclusion of UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in the list

What are the roles of United Nations special rapporteurs?

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Special rapporteurs work in their personal capacity and are not considered employees by the United Nations, hence they do not receive any salary

EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situation around the world. Photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Roque: Callamard welcome to 'swim in Pasig River'

Mar 03, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the Philippine government will extend the invitation to UN expert Agnes Callamard if she ever visits the Philippines as a tourist

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to find means to increase the salaries of teachers. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

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Roque hits Agnes Callamard: She’s not qualified to probe EJKs

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:21 PM

But UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard has a 'distinguished' career in human rights and humanitarian work across the globe

QUALIFIED. 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. Screenshot from Rappler

Myanmar bans UN rights envoy from country

Dec 20, 2017 - 7:51 PM

UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee is due to visit Myanmar in January to assess the state of human rights across the country including the plight of the Rohingya minority Muslim community

CHR: Duterte tirades vs Callamard send 'chilling effect' to human rights advocates

Sep 01, 2017 - 3:07 PM

CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana says there s no reason for President Rodrigo Duterte to take the pronouncements of UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard in a negative way

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the ceremonial turnover of the newyl procured caliber 45 pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace on Tuesday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

De Lima asks DFA to invite UN expert to probe Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The opposition senator says the government has the duty to pursue an impartial investigation by an independent commission

An elderly Maranao woman is flanked by her grandchildren in Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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May 05, 2017 - 2:12 PM

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Callamard: No war on drugs probe during PH visit

May 05, 2017 - 1:18 PM

They are entitled to monitor me absolutely says UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard of the Philippine government

ACADEMIC VISIT. UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard attends the Drug issues, Different Perspectives forum in UP Diliman.  Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Palace 'disappointed' with visit of UN Special Rapporteur

May 05, 2017 - 11:37 AM

UPDATED UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard by supposedly not informing the Philippine government about her visit shows she won t be objective in probing summary killings says the Palace

IN THE PHILIPPINES. UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard is in the Philippines for an 'academic visit.' Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

UN expert in PH: Punitive measures worsen drug problem

May 05, 2017 - 11:33 AM

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard speaks at a drug policy forum organized by the Free Legal Assistance Group

SPECIAL VISIT. United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard speaks at a drug policy forum in Diliman, Quezon City. Rappler screengrab

De Lima: If Duterte's innocent, why set conditions on UN probe?

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:54 PM

If indeed his so called war on drugs is pursued within the bounds of the law and international standards then his administration should have nothing to be afraid of Senator Leila de Lima dares the Duterte administration

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

UN: Duterte lacks understanding of human rights institutions

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:08 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein strongly encourages the Philippines to extend an invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions

After pressure on rights, North Korea offers UN visit

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:09 AM

The reclusive state offers the UN a rare visit to Pyongyang in exchange for dropping a recommendation to refer its human rights abuses for prosecution

Rising to the challenge: A witness and a voice for indigenous people

Apr 01, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Corpuz s role as the UN Special Rapporteur involves raising awareness about the minimum international standards to ensure the survival dignity and well being of indigenous people