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CHR to Duterte gov't: Fulfill duty as U.N. rights council member

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Commission on Human Rights points out that the reelection of the Philippines was 'expected because the Asian group fielded as many candidates as there were seats in the Human Rights Council'

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

Oppose Philippine candidacy to Human Rights Council – HRW

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:31 PM

United Nations Director to Human Rights Watch Louis Charbonneau calls on other UN member countries to show outrage against drug war-related killings by keeping the Philippines 'off the council'

OUTRAGE. United Nations Director to Human Rights Watch opposes the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea to the Human Rights Council over mounting cases of human rights abuses in the respective countries. EJK Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Iceland, 37 countries to Philippines: Let U.N. probe killings

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits back, saying the signatories prefer misinformation from parties 'that have politicized and weaponized human rights'

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (2R) flanked by President of the Human Rights Council Vojislav Suc (R) speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN GROSCLAUDE

Antonio Carpio, Sereno accuses Marquez, U.S. leaves UNHRC | Midday wRap

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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Jun 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. withdraws from 'cesspool' UN rights body

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:13 AM

Officials insist the United States will remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect President Donald Trump's general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general

'CESSPOOL'. 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. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Threat of U.S. withdrawal hangs over UN rights body

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Longstanding US criticism of the UN Human Rights Council for its alleged bias against Israel has escalated since UN-skeptic Donald Trump came to power

LEAVING UN. File photo shows United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a UN Security Council meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP

Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

Sereno impeachment, Mercado on frigates deal, UNCHR chief slams Duterte | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:51 PM

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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

Sereno impeachment complaint, Peace Process canceled, Roque on human rights | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:44 PM

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Duterte on open-pit mining, Cayetano on arbitral award, UN Human Rights Chief | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

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Oct 15, 2017 - 1:38 PM

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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

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

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:32 PM

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Universal Periodic Review, CHR, Yates on Flynn | Midday wRap

May 09, 2017 - 2:08 PM

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Countries call for end to killings in PH drug war

May 08, 2017 - 9:15 PM

United Nations member states urge the Philippines to launch a thorough and impartial investigation to punish those behind drug related killings

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

CHR to observe Duterte gov't report to UN Human Rights Council

May 05, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Universal Periodic Review is more of a constructive dialogue on the human rights situation in the Philippines

Human Rights Watch to UN rights council: Denounce drug war killings in PH

May 04, 2017 - 1:07 PM

The New York based human rights group urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to pressure the Philippines into supporting an international investigation into the drug related killings

A hooded woman bring along with her the photos of her husband and son at the Ombudsman as she filed criminal charges on drug related killings against the government at the office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on Tuesday. Her husband and son was killed during Oplan Tokhang operations in Caloocan. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Filipinos in Switzerland call for UN attention to PH drug war

Sep 14, 2016 - 1:39 AM

The demonstration is timed with the opening of the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva where President Duterte is criticized for his lack of understanding of human rights institutions

NO TO KILLINGS. Filipinos in Switzerland stage a protest appealing for UN attention on the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Annie Yuson

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