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Robredo supports #WalkOutPH: 'Don’t stifle dissent' of youth

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the Filipino youth have long been leading the charge to stand up against tyranny in the country

GIVING A VOICE TO THE YOUTH. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before students of the Ateneo de Naga University on February 3, 2018.

Amnesty Int'l urges PH gov't to release De Lima

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'It is a sad state of affairs when the Philippines government is more interested in jailing critics than preventing police from killing thousands of mainly poor people,' says Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific James Gomez

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

HRW: Deployment ban to Kuwait increases risk of OFW abuse

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Human Rights Watch also says Kuwait should 'confront the outcry' over the reports of abuse by taking 'immediate steps to reform the kafala system'

INCREASED RISKS. Human Rights Watch warns that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait would increase risk of abuse. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous

FIGHT. Jose Noel Olano, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, says freedom of expression now a battlefield in fight for human rights. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Rappler Talk: Gary Alejano on holding the Duterte administration accountable

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:06 PM

On Thursday, February 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano about the importance of maintaining check and balance in government

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

UNDER ASSAULT. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Nearly 200 dead in Syria enclave as UN warns situation 'out of control'

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) At least 194 civilians have been killed, among them 57 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA RAIDS. A man weeps over his child at a make-shift morgue in Douma who was killed in air strikes on the Syrian village of Mesraba in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

WATCH: The International Criminal Court process

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The International Criminal Court aims to help end impunity by perpetrators of the most serious offenses such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) The escalation comes as pro-government forces are also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

'I fear for my life' – lawyer behind Duterte probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Jude Sabio, who describes himself as penniless and on the run, says he had received death threats from Duterte supporters on social media after filing a petition with the Hague-based International Criminal Court in April last year

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Duterte slammed for saying condoms 'not pleasurable'

Feb 17, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

CONDOM JOKE. President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about condoms as he welcomes overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait. Malacañang photo

Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk

Philippines on China, Malacanang on Manalo, Quiboloy detained in Hawaii | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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HRW: Indonesia's award for Dela Rosa 'an insult' to PH drug war victims

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'[The award] is perverse assessment of a Philippine government official implicated in possible crimes against humanity for inciting and instigating killings linked to the war on drugs,' HRW’s deputy Asia director Phelim Kine says

Malacañang to HRW: De Lima not a martyr for justice

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:57 PM

'She is facing charges of criminal nature, plain and simple,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in response to the call of Human Rights Watch to free Senator Leila de Lima after a year in jail

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Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'

SHOOT THEM. President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes female rebels for joining the armed conflict when they should be home taking care of their families. Malacañang file photo

PH looks to Russia, China for new choppers after dispute with Canada

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The cancellation of the contract to acquire Canadian Bell-412 helicopters will delay the military's modernization program, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

VIP TRANSPORT. Three brand new Bell choppers will be used to transport VIP guests during the APEC Summit

CHR notes 'improvement' in PNP's relaunched Oplan Tokhang

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights cites the crafting of tight guidelines for the drug war, but says it is still 'premature' to commend the campaign as 'less bloody'

'NEW TOKHANG'. A suspected drug user in Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, is invited to undergo rehabilitation by Quezon City District Police Director Guillermo Eleazar. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: ICC’s track record and what it means for Duterte and the PH

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The ICC's preliminary examinations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan took more than a decade to complete. It also has not been able to serve a warrant of arrest against the President of Sudan.

ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the International Criminal Court to 'go ahead' and 'find him guilty' of crimes against humanity for the thousands of deaths in his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang Photo

UK's Johnson meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The meeting follows Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya have sought sanctuary in squalid settlements

BORIS IN NAYPYIDAW. This handout photo taken and released on February 11, 2018 by Myanmar's Ministry of Information shows Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) chatting with Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (L) during their meeting in Naypyidaw. Myanmar Ministry of Information/AFP

De Lima dares Duterte: Support UN-led probe into drug war deaths

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'If he has nothing to hide, then it’s high time for the President to support the independent investigation into the human rights violations and abuses incessantly happening under his regime,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLER. Senator Leila de Lima tells the international community that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer.'

Duterte cancels Canada Bell helicopter deal

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says it is unavoidable that the helicopters – supposedly meant for humanitarian and disaster relief missions – would be used 'against the rebels and terrorists'

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses a Manila Times forum in Davao City on February 9, 2018. Malacanang photo

Roque on feminists, Duterte on dictatorship, Facebook downvote tool | Evening wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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CHR to Duterte: Learn from lessons of Marcos dictatorship

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Activist youth group Anakbayan warns President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful what he wishes for because 'dictators are overthrown'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 45th Founding Anniversary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at the NEDA Central Office in Pasig City on February 6, 2018, reiterates his stance on eliminating corruption in government. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rights groups laud Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of PH drug war

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:27 PM

'The ICC’s action is a rebuke of the Philippine government’s campaign of denial and distraction seemingly designed to deflect growing evidence of extrajudicial executions,' says Human Rights Watch

Int'l Criminal Court closely following drug war killings from 2016

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:06 PM

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says her office has conducted 'a careful, independent, and impartial review of communications and reports documenting alleged crimes'

Trillanes, Sabio welcome Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of drug war killings

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well

Int'l Criminal Court takes 1st step in probe into Duterte drug war

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor starts a 'preliminary examination' to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 8, 2018

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:39 AM

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Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Canada to review helicopter deal with Philippines – reports

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'If they don’t want to sell, well we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

HELICOPTER IN QUESTION. A Bell 412EP helicopter in Japan, similar to the model involved in the deal between Canada and the Philippines. Photo by AFP

8 countries push UN to take up Myanmar Rohingya crisis

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:22 AM

The meeting comes nearly 3 months after the council adopted a statement demanding that Myanmar rein in its security forces and allow the Rohingya to return to their homes

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

BIR on Sereno, Duque confirmation, NFA rice shortage | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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HRW calls for end to 'government abuses' in indigenous communities

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Government plans to improve the lives of the Lumad are unlikely to succeed so long as indigenous communities live in fear of violence, exploitation, and abuse,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

JUSTICE SOUGHT. Indigenous people and religious leaders join a rally to call for justice for the murdered Lumad leaders in Mindanao. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

UN rights chief to Indonesia: Stop LGBT crackdown

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'At a time when it is consolidating its democratic gains, we urge Indonesians to move forward - not backwards - on human rights'

RIGHTS CHIEF. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, seen here during a press briefing 6 January 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, is the UN human rights chief. Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo

CHR: Ancestral lands of indigenous peoples 'sacred' and protected by law

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that any development plans on ancestral domains, including opening them to investors, should take into consideration the rights of indigenous peoples as enshrined in the law

Rohingya abuses could spark regional conflict – UN rights chief

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'Myanmar faces a very serious crisis – with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region'

UPHILL CLIMB. A Rohingya refugee child climbs stairs at Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on January 27, 2018. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Human rights activists on UN visit to Indonesia: 'Hopeful but not optimistic'

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:17 PM

As Indonesia awaits the arrival of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, advocacy groups understand the visit's impact but are realistic in their expectations

Bahrain deports 8 after revoking their citizenship – HRW

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Under Bahrain's citizenship law individuals who engage in acts deemed "disloyal" to the state can be stripped of their nationality

DEPORTED. Human Rights Watch reported 8 civilians were deported to Iraq after Bahrain revoked their citizenship. Photo by Rappler

Russian pilot killed after plane downed over Syria

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a powerful jihadist-dominated alliance, says it shot down the plane on an affiliated media channel but made no mention of the pilot

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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HRW calls for independent probe to 'clarify' PH drug war toll

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An 'impartial and verifiable death toll' is a crucial first step in attaining justice, says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

FIRST STEP. Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government should support an independent probe. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

CHR says Duterte's '42 virgins' joke is 'utterly degrading' for Filipino women

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'The fact that it is done in a foreign context makes it even more appalling because it objectifies Filipino women in the larger international arena,' the Commission on Human Rights says

LGBT defenders face escalated attacks in Indonesia – report

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:00 AM

A report by international watchdog Front Line Defenders found that defenders of LGBT rights in Muslim-majority Indonesia, face escalating attacks ranging from defamation on social media to torture and sexual assault

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19, 2015. Under Aceh Sharia law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Roque on fake news, PNP on new Tokhang guidelines, Fisher wins Grammy | Midday wRap

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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PNP to require human rights officers, advocates in Tokhang ops

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:02 AM

'The Tokhang team shall be joined by...at least one representative from PNP [Human Rights Affairs Office] or any Human Rights Advocate,' reads one of the new Oplan Tokhang provisions

NEW COMPANY. The PNP requires that Tokhang teams include with them a human rights officer or advocate. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? – Villanueva

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:45 PM

But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP