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HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

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

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

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Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2018

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

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Monday's execution serves as a 'lesson to deter those who wanted to commit serious crime,' Thailand's Department of Corrections says in a statement

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

[OPINION] The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects

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

HRW: Murders of priests, journalists 'matter of grave concern'

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'These killings, alongside the thousands of deaths in the drug war, are grim reminders of the vulnerability of the poor and those who speak out for their rights,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

CHR praises PNP for ban on presenting suspects to media

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Commission on Human Rights says the policy, which should have been implemented as early as 2008, 'is in consonance with human rights standards particularly on due process and presumption of innocence'

PRAISE. The Commission on Human Rights gives an 'OK' to the Philippine National Police

Call for entries: Short film contest on Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Jun 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

All entries must be submitted on or before 30 September

PNP rights office: Police can be charged for parading suspects in the past

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:56 PM

A PNP Human Rights Affairs Office advisory says cops presenting suspects to the media have been violating Republic Act 9745

PRESENTATION. The PNP presents Israelis believed to be leading an online scamming company in Clark, Pampanga. PNP photo

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

Report urges UN to 'recognize human right to healthy environment'

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:32 PM

In their statement, the UN highlights the increasing threats posed by climate change and the increasing risks faced by environmental advocates

Could coal lobbying and free speech curbs hamper pivotal UN climate talks?

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country

A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Russia forces among dozens dead in ISIS east Syria attacks

May 27, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Defense ministry says the fighting lasted for an hour and left 43 militants dead

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, May 21-27, 2018

May 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

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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

ISIS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

May 20, 2018 - 9:44 PM

ISIS jihadists burn their headquarters before boarding buses with their relatives to leave the area, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno 'erodes rule of law'

May 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

11,103 victims of human rights violations under Martial Law to get compensation

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The release of the final list comes days before the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board ends its operations on May 12, 2018 as mandated by law

Sotto wrong, rights groups not quiet over India rape cases – HRW

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Human Rights Watch tells Philippine Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that international groups have been speaking up about sexual violence in India

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amnesty International accuses Egypt of 'torture' in solitary confinement

May 07, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Amnesty's investigation 'reveals that prisoners detained on politically motivated charges are being held in prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Egypt – at times for several years – which in and of itself amounts to torture'

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists

May 03, 2018 - 1:14 PM

This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch

Sagada council urges DOJ: Drop terror tag vs indigenous activists

May 02, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'The above-named individuals tagged in the list are personally known to this body and to the community of Sagada as common and law-abiding citizens,' says the Sagada Municipal Council

TERROR TAG 'WRONG'. The Department of Justice has a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 to have hundreds declared as terrorists. Rappler file photo

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Missiles' fired at Syrian regime military positions – state media

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:17 AM

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights monitor confirms the firing of missiles, adding 'Iranian elements' are stationed at two of the targeted bases

#25SecondsForPressFreedom: Journalists explain why press freedom matters

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:10 PM

In a UNESCO campaign for World Press Freedom Day, renowned journalists talk about the importance of press freedom in a democracy

SWS survey on Duterte’s trust rating, Press freedom in PH, Kim and Moon summit | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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Human Rights Watch hits Kuwait for ‘punishing’ embassy staff aiding OFWs

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Rothna Begum of HRW says Kuwaiti authorities should not be punishing embassy officials for helping domestic workers in danger

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

North Korea slams U.S. censure on rights ahead of inter-Korea summit

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The US State Department's rights report on the North has described 'egregious human rights violations' in the authoritarian state, from public executions to widespread surveillance of citizens

Palace of the Sun file photo from Wikipedia

Campaign vs crime, drugs 'protects human rights of Filipinos' – Cayetano

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:34 PM

'We do not need others who think they know better than us Filipinos to tell us what to do,' says Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in reaction to the US State Department's latest human rights report on the Philippines

HUMAN RIGHTS IN PH. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano reacts to a US State Department report on the human rights situation in the Philippines. Malacañang file photo

EJKs still 'chief human rights concern' in PH, says U.S.

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The US State Department notes that concerns about police impunity in the Philippines 'increased significantly following the sharp increase in police killings'

UNEXPLAINED KILLING. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Framing their work as interference without concrete basis may discourage foreign nationals from doing important missionary and humanitarian work in our country,” the Commission on Human Rights says

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dela Rosa dares HRW to take him to court: 'Puro kayo dakdak'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on Thursday, April 19, after completing a term marred by allegations of human rights violations

RETIRING SOON. PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa should be held accountable over drug war deaths – HRW

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'When Ronald Dela Rosa retires as director general of the PNP, he will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship,' says Human Rights Watch

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. The chief PNP says he will be transferred when he retires next year. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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

Con-Com votes to make CHR a constitutional commission in new charter

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This is meant to give the Commission on Human Rights more fiscal autonomy and strengthen its investigative powers in the constitution that will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte

EU political party official barred from entering PH

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Giacomo Filibeck of the Party of European Socialists is one of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign. He was supposed to join an Akbayan event in Cebu City.

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Duterte apologizes to Suu Kyi for 'genocide' remark

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also defends Aung San Suu Kyi from criticism over human rights abuses against the Rohingya

ASEAN WELCOME. President Rodrigo Duterte and partner Honeylet Avancena welcome Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

Duterte wants charter change to ‘avoid accountability’ for EJKs – analyst

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) UP political scientist Gene Lacza Pilapil says there are 3 ways for President Duterte to be protected from prosecution after his term under the 1987 Constitution ends in 2022

Bring withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court to SC? Risky due to 'political atmosphere'

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says

At UK forum, Robredo admits 'struggle' in tackling human rights

Apr 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'I think the crucial thing here is that we can't give up. We have to continue doing the pushback,' says Vice President Leni Robredo at the London School of Economics and Political Science

'STRUGGLE IS REAL.' Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at a forum in the London School of Economics. Photo by OVP

Fresh raids pound Syria's rebel Douma after talks falter

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are accused of using 'poisonous chlorine gas,' but state media says these allegations are rebel 'fabrications'

Rappler Talk: CHR's Roberto Cadiz on PH's withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:02 PM

On Thursday, April 5, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country

Duterte calls UN rights chief 'empty-headed'

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has been advised to refrain from commenting on the remarks of UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, but he wants to 'seek revenge'

WORD WAR. In his latest tirade, President Rodrigo Duterte calls UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein 'emtpy-headed.' Zeid file photo from Johan Ordonez/AFP; Duterte file photo from Malacañang