Human rights and the liberal agenda

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:46 AM

There is no such thing as a democracy that applies the rule of law in some instances and not in others We must fight for human rights for everyone regardless and in all instances regardless

Experts warn against rise of democracies mixed with authoritarianism

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The rising trend of hybrid regimes in Southeast Asia is tagged as a major challenge to democracy today

WORRYING TREND. Democracy observers raise concerns about growing trend of authoritarian tendencies in countries like the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte. File AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

Should governments regulate freedom of expression?

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Political experts agree that fake news and social media threaten democracy in Southeast Asia

Venezuela policies leave democracy 'barely alive' – United Nations

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:38 PM

A fresh UN report warns the rights situation in Venezuela is at grave risk of unravelling further as the authorities continue to brutally repress demonstrators

TALKING ABOUT VENEZUELA. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein waits before delivering a press conference on a report on Venezuela at the UN Offices in Geneva on August 30, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Politics and law in the middle of a drug war

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Is the death of a seventeen year old boy a product of the limits of our institutions? Or must we necessarily expand our understanding of how power works in Philippine society?

Aquino to Duterte: Reflect on your message about Ninoy

Aug 21, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Kami y nagpapasalamat sa magandang sinabi sa aking ama Siguro pakiusap ko lang baka puwedeng paminsan minsan babasahin po niya ulit ito says former president Benigno Aquino III

Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and his sisters is joined by supporters during the observance of the 34th death anniversary of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City on August 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The Hong Kong government says the previous custodial terms given to the 3 young activists were too light and did not serve as a deterrent

Hong Kong activists fear more jailings after Wong imprisoned

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Nine more democracy campaigners – including the 3 Occupy Central founders who first called for residents to protest on the streets in 2014 – are due to appear in court in September over their part in the Umbrella Movement

JOSHUA WONG IN JAIL. Grace Wong (R) leaves the reception area after signing in at Pik Uk Correctional Facility in Hong Kong on August 18, 2017, where her son Joshua Wong (not pictured), a leader of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', is being held after his sentencing at the High Court on August 17. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/ AFP

[Newspoint] A pathological democracy

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Deviancy in fact characterizes the policies and workings of the Duterte government

Timor-Leste has demonstrated its commitment to democracy – it deserves to join ASEAN

Aug 05, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Timor Leste deserves ASEAN support for its efforts to further integrate and engage with the wider region

VOTE COUNT. Election officials open a ballot box during counting for the parliamentary election in Dili on July 22, 2017. Valentino Dariell De Sousa/AFP

Religion and our state

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:42 PM

When secular state becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

On Cory's 8th death anniversary, Aquino urges Filipinos to protect democracy

Aug 01, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Maski anong bagay pag pinabayaan ay guguho eh Pag di natin pinahalagahan itong mga karapatan na ito baka gumising tayo isang araw wala na says former president Benigno Aquino III

[Newspoint] Save democracy, save ourselves

Jun 17, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Save the democratic institutions? If there’s anyone who needs saving – and needs saving now – it’s us

The decline of critical thinking

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Without us realizing it this atmosphere that limits critical thinking takes away from us our greatest facility as a people: our intellect

Robredo urges Filipinos to defend 'weakening' institutions

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

We are already seeing our institutions being eroded We must move swiftly and effectively to ensure that they are strong enough for our children s children says Vice President Leni Robredo

DDS. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a the Defend Democracy Summit (DDS) held on the 119th Independence Day of the Philippines. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

HIGHLIGHTS: Defending Democracy Summit 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Watch the livestream of the Defending Democracy Summit on Rappler

Thousands gather at Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:50 PM

But the commemoration of the brutal 1989 crackdown in China s Tiananmen Square is struggling for support among younger generations

Participants hold candles at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, 2017, during a candlelight vigil to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.  Thousands gathered at a candlelit vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 to mark 28 years since China's bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown but the annual event is struggling for support among younger generations. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Can state power be trusted again?

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Under the guise of greater connectivity and visibility information technology actually hides the failure of democracy as people mistake online visibility with engagement

Robredo laments attacks vs daughters

May 07, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Iyong greatest fear ko is pagsisihan ko na kumandidato ako Pagsisisihan ko lang naman iyon kapag may negative na epekto sa mga anak ko

CHILLING EFFECT. Vice President Leni Robredo fears the expected arrest of Senator Leila de Lima will cause the silencing of people who opposes the government's policy.

LIVE: World Press Freedom Day 2017

May 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Watch the commemoration of this year s World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta Indonesia

Trump's fondness for strongmen trumps rights concerns

May 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Donald Trump s latest invitations fit a pattern that has outraged human rights defenders and given pause to even some of usually hardheaded realists in the Washington foreign policy set

FISTBUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps Myanmar and that’s only because military rule in that country was so horrible for so long says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Media 'never under so much threat', says watchdog

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The annual World Press Freedom Index warns of the highly toxic media bashing saying the situation is at a tipping point

This picture taken on May 21, 2014 shows microphones of reporters working for TV stations sitting on a table ahead of a press conference at the Army club in Bangkok.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Suu Kyi's party wins string of seats, rejected by Myanmar's minorities

Apr 02, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED The National League for Democracy fares well in its strongholds around Yangon and in central regions further north but faces losses in ethnic minority areas

NEW FOREIGN MINISTER. Aung San Suu Kyi attends a farewell ceremony at parliament in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2016. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Suu Kyi's new gov't faces first test at Myanmar polls

Apr 01, 2017 - 11:13 AM

UPDATED With only 19 seats up for election the poll is unlikely to alter the balance of power in a government firmly dominated by Suu Kyi s National League for Democracy

TEST. In this file photo, Myanmar State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi reviews a military honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 18, 2016. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

PH hits UK attack as 'assault on democracy'

Mar 24, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The Philippines says there is no justification for the horror and barbarity perpetrated by terrorists

UK ATTACK. People light candles on a patch of sand during a vigil in Trafalgar Square in central London on March 23, 2017, in solidarity with the victims of the March 22 terror attack at the British parliament and on Westminster Bridge. Photo by Joel Ford/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi breaks silence on killing of top lawyer

Feb 26, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi says the death of her advisor and prominent Muslim lawyer Ko Ni is a great loss for the struggle for true democracy

The fragility of democracy: Why we can’t just ‘move on’ from EDSA 1

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Perhaps it’s best to remember EDSA 1 not as one great wholesale victory for democracy but rather as a testament to the fragile nature of democracy

De Lima: 'In face of looming darkness, inflame spirit of EDSA'

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Sa kasalukuyan pilit na sinusubukan ng ilan na palabnawin ang diwa ng EDSA kasabay ng pagsupil sa ating demokrasya says the embattled senator

File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Robredo to Duterte: 'Mr President, we call you to task'

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Be the leader you promised to be and stop the lies that are distorting the truth in our society today says the Vice President in her strongest speech yet on the current state of affairs

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the message of hope for the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

Feb 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The multiplicity of the injuries and the damage to Hong Kong s reputation make this a very serious case says judge David Dufton noting the incident had made international headlines

'Unfair' Hong Kong election sparks fresh democracy calls

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:32 PM

It is the first leadership vote since mass pro democracy protests in 2014 failed to win political reform and comes as fears grow that China is tightening its grip on semi autonomous Hong Kong

SPIN AND WIN? A man spins a wheel to predict which candidate will win the election to become the city's chief executive, at a stall set up in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on January 27, 2017, on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday for the incoming Year of the Rooster. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Myanmar Muslim lawyer killed for party links – NLD

Jan 30, 2017 - 10:39 AM

UPDATED Ko Ni a legal advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi s National League for Democracy NLD party is gunned down as he got into a taxi outside Yangon s airport

Rappler Talk: Parag Khanna on the future of democracy

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:25 PM

How can democracy thrive in the era of post truth? Geopolitical analyst and author Parag Khanna explains

#AnimatED: Democracy watch in 2017

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:14 AM

President Duterte will appoint 25 men and women to propose changes in the Constitution The times call for vigilance

Rodrigo Duterte: A fascist original

Jan 02, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Like the anti Marcos resistance 4 decades back the only certainty members of the anti fascist front can count on is that they’re doing the right thing And that for some is a certainty worth dying for

NEW YEAR AHEAD. President Rodrigo Duterte wishes the Philippines an enjoyable New Year celebration. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

The year of getting things right

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:46 PM

2016 was the year of saying what we don’t like about each other 2017 must be the year of debating our vision for the future

How the unfulfilled EDSA revolt led to Duterte

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The failure to deliver on the promises of the People Power Revolution made the rise of Duterte politically possible

Then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte attends the Peasants Electoral Agenda forum at University of the Philippines in Diliman during campaign trail on February 3, 2016 . Photo by Jansen Romero

Time for pro-democracy forces' agenda

Dec 10, 2016 - 1:18 PM

A democratic agenda has to be put in place to prevent the return of authoritarianism This agenda will define the moves to enable the pro democracy forces to defeat authoritarianism

Leni leads PH pro-democracy movement

Dec 06, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Her biggest challenge lies in leading the entire pro democracy movement to reclaim the nation’s democratic ideals that are being eroded slowly by the administration’s authoritarian tendencies

Oplan Cyber Tokhang's 'hacking' device: Psychological warfare

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Duterte Cyber Warriors ride on the news of the recent Facebook lockouts to intrigue people and create more buzz

Hong Kong launches legal bid against 4 pro-democracy lawmakers

Dec 02, 2016 - 8:52 PM

It comes as concerns grow that Beijing is stepping up interference in the semi autonomous city s politics after two lawmakers advocating a complete split from China were banned from taking up their seats in parliament

The flags of China (top) and Hong Kong are seen hoisted outside the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Obama to pass torch to Merkel on farewell visit

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:20 PM

US President Barack Obama pays a farewell visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen by some as the new standard bearer of liberal democracy since the election of Donald Trump

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (L) watches Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as she delivers her speech upon arrival at a breakfast meeting with German Chancellor and local citizens in Kruen near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 7, 2015 before the start of a G7 summit. Matthias Schrader/AFP

Merkel to be the new 'leader of the free world'?

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:08 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel after 11 years at the helm now looks increasingly like the only bulwark of stability and liberal freedom among Western allies

Marcos burial, democracy and authoritarianism

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:08 PM

This realignment of political forces would likely define the course of political developments in the coming months as the perceived autocratic forces pursue an authoritarian agenda

Obama on farewell tour to Europe fearful of 'Trump effect'

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:03 AM

In the name of a peaceful transition the American president must now do his best to reassure his European counterparts about the future of American democracy under a President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The cancer cells are those who are promoting Hong Kong independence we will fight them to the end lawmaker Michael Tien tells the cheering crowd

Pro-Beijing demonstrators shout slogans and wave flags outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council on November 13, 2016, during a rally in support of an interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), over the oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month.  Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong on November 13 in support of China's decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city's freedoms being under threat. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

Hong Kong police use pepper spray at anti-China protest

Nov 06, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Hong Kong has its own legal system it should not be controlled by Chinese authorities argues a protester

Police use pepper spray to stop protesters charging outside the Chinese Liason Office in Hong Kong on November 6, 2016, during a protest against an expected interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) over the invalid oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month. Thousands took to Hong Kong's streets on November 6 after Beijing said it would step into an escalating row over whether two city lawmakers who advocate a split from China should be banned from taking up their seats. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

Clinton warns Trump is 'threatening' US democracy

Oct 22, 2016 - 10:21 AM

UPDATED We know the difference between leadership and dictatorship and the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart says Hillary Clinton in an Ohio campaign rally

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, October 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck

De Lima to public: 'Fight greatest fight since EDSA People Power'

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:44 AM

My battles are my own says the senator The battlefield is actually the Filipino people’s minds Social media has been weaponized