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U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / AFP

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial 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

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over U.N. probe – Panelo

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there and as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries except maybe fish,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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?

Philippines, not U.N., should probe drug war – Lacson

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:13 PM

'Para payagan nating mag-imbestiga sila rito, parang sampal naman sa atin ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PHILIPPINE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines should first probe killings in the drug war before the United Nations. Photo from Senate of the Philippines PRIB

Imee Marcos: PH must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland 'ASAP'

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Marcos, in turn, lashes out at developed countries where abortion is allowed

ICELAND. Senator Imee Marcos says Philippines must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland for leading a resolution that compels the United Nations Human Rights Council to review drug war killings in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Iceland 1, China 0: The diplomatic significance of the U.N. Human Rights Council vote on the Philippines

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The UNHRC vote was the first great test of Duterte’s diplomatic investment in China, and it proved disastrous: China simply could not deliver the votes

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Human rights groups urge the Philippine government to coordinate with the United Nations as rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to write a comprehensive report on the country's situation

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Families urge U.N. rights council to act vs PH drug war killings

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rubylin Litao of Rise UP says international support can help stem violence in the Philippines

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

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

PH says seat at U.N. rights body validates drug war

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President Duterte's unrelenting war against illegal drugs,' says Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

U.N. criticized over latest picks for rights council

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:08 AM

The Philippines is among the nations elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council

A general view taken on September 10, 2018 during the opening day of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. - In her first speech New High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called for the creation of a new "mechanism" tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Philippines wins seat at U.N. Human Rights Council

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:51 AM

'We won!' says the Department of Foreign Affairs, noting that its delegation to the United Nations is led by incoming foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

'WE WON!' The Philippine Delegation to the United Nations led by Permanent Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr with Maria Fernanda Espinosa, president of the UN General Assembly, after the Philippines won its bid for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council during elections in New York on October 12, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Kick PH out of UNHRC? 'My God, do it, stupid!' says Duterte

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:35 PM

This comes after a Human Rights Watch director said the Philippines can be kicked out of the UNHRC if the drug war killlings continue

JUST DO IT. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the UNHRC to kick out the Philippine over the killings in his drug war. Malacanang file photo

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar's Rakhine

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar's military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/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

Cayetano to UN: No new wave of killings in PH

May 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano blames critics and the media for supposedly changing the definition of extrajudicial killings aimed at deceiving the world about President Duterte s war on drugs

'PH influenced ASEAN members to help Rohingya'

Jun 01, 2015 - 8:01 AM

What was great about the Philippines making the offer was it was about humanitarian concern and not having a common religious identity

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Rights group asks UN to #SaveMaryJane from death row

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:24 PM

We implore the UNHRC to take meaningful measures including a review of human rights records and compliance to international human rights instruments of its member States

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mass grave found in Sri Lanka ahead of UN rights meet

Mar 01, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The latest discovery comes ahead of a UN Human Rights Council UNHRC session starting Monday in Geneva where Sri Lanka faces the third US led resolution in as many years criticizing Colombo for its alleged failure to probe war crimes

Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief over 'interference'

Feb 25, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Navi Pillay s recommendation to a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next month reflects bias and is tantamount to an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state

BIASED? In this file photo, Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, updates the Human Rights Council on the activities of her office, at the opening of the Council’s twenty-fourth regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, 9 September 2013. Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo