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Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

HRW: Excess in autocratic rule in 2018 'fueling' effective resistance

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:24 PM

In its latest world report, Human Rights Watch highlights the continuous threats and harassment experienced by activists and other progressive groups

Human rights are the bedrock of a person's dignity and freedom. Human rights belong to every regardless of their stature in life, their gender, class, ethinicity, religion, politics or circumstances. Human rights are universal because we are all born with them. And yet, because people do not equally enjoy their rights and human rights itself are under attack, there are those who spend their lives fighting for the rights of others and their selves. December 10, 2018 International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.N. experts urge Pakistan not to execute mentally ill prisoner

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Khizar Hayat, a 55-year-old former police officer, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2008

ISIS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Using the bad weather as a cover, the Islamic State group launches a vain but deadly counter-attack against Kurdish-led fighters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij. US President Donald Trump on January 7, 2019 sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner."We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" Trump tweeted.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

CHR: Profiling of ACT members a cause for concern

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:57 PM

'The police must acknowledge and recognize that the mere act of profiling already prejudices and discriminates against the members of the concerned groups,' says CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

UAE activist Mansoor loses appeal against 10-year term – Amnesty

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Amnesty International says that the ruling 'confirms there is no space for free expression in the United Arab Emirates'

Bahrain top activist loses final appeal against jail term

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court upheld high-profile rights activist Nabeel Rajab's 5 year jail term for writing tweets deemed offensive to the state

NABEEL RAJAB. Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (C) is greeted by relatives at his home in the village of Bani Jamrah, west of Manama, earlier on July 14, 2015, after his release from prision. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Donors cut aid to Tanzania after rights crackdown

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:02 PM

As accusations of repression grow, donors and former allies are increasingly frustrated at what they say are moves that stifle dissent and create obstacles for journalists and rights activists

AID CUT. Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli (C) reviews an honor guard of troops as he attends a ceremony marking the country's 56th independence anniversary in Dodoma on December 9, 2017. File photo by AFP

HOAX: CHR 'offers help' to Ateneo bully

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it did not issue such statement, and the supposed 'spokesperson' in the claim does not exist

Screenshot of a claim in philnewstoday.com about a statement by a supposed Commission on Human Rights spokesperson on the Ateneo bullying incident

North Korea blasts U.N. resolution on rights abuse

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:33 PM

This comes after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the 'systematic, widespread, and gross' human rights violations in isolated North Korea

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

CHR concludes landmark climate change investigation

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' probe scrutinizes giant companies like Shell and ExxonMobil and their impact on climate change

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Hundreds of Woman from Various sectors march to the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources to denounce coal and fossil fuel industries and call for a transformation of dirty energy to renewable energy systems. Photo by Maria Tan/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

Human rights activists ‘never had it so good’ under Duterte admin – Panelo

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Malacañang makes this claim while President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to have human rights activists gunned down and has even warned he would slap UN special rapporteurs

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

U.N. expert to PH gov’t: Stop stigma against human rights defenders

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst says 'public stigmatization of human rights defenders...can incite perpetrators to act against them'

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa

South Korea foundation scraps award for Aung San Suu Kyi

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:39 PM

South Korean group strips Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar of the Gwangju human rights award because of her indifference to the atrocities against the Rohingya

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 31, 2013 shows Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi (R) receiving the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights in the southwestern city of Gwangju. One of South Korean largest human rights groups will strip Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its 2004 prize because of her "indifference" to the atrocities against the Rohingya minority, organisers said on December 18, 2018. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

U.N. condemns North Korean human rights violations

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM

The non-binding resolution, which passes by consensus without a vote, welcomes diplomatic efforts to end the crisis on the Korean peninsula

The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S.-backed forces retake ISIS hub in east Syria – monitor

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces have secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group

SDF. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral a fellow fighter killed in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on December 3, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

CHR warns of danger in 'normalization' of Mindanao martial law

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the government can 'quell any threats without the need to invoke the extraordinary powers of martial law'

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

CHR's Liwasang Diokno a 'safe space' for human rights

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

The freedom park is named after the late senator Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno – the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos urged to resist dictatorship, tyranny on Human Rights Day

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Human rights groups call for accountability and justice for the thousands of victims of human rights violations – particularly related to Duterte's bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign

On Human Rights Day, groups call for accountability vs violations under Duterte

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND) urges the public to remain steadfast in demanding the government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights

Thousands of activist gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate the 70th International Human Rights Day. Protesters continue to lament the killings and violations of human rights and vow to defend the people's rights against the government attacks. December 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

HOAX: CHR chair says 'rights of NPA rebels should not be violated'

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'The quote is a work of fiction,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

WATCH: Filipino tweens and teens talk human rights

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Human rights is easy to understand. Let these kids explain it for you!

Medialdea on Human Rights Day: Drug war protects 'innocent, law-abiding' Filipinos

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign is one way the government is upholding human rights

Jonel Segovia 16, years old, Angelito Soriano 16, years old and Sonny Espinosa 17, years old victims killed in oplan tokhang in Brgy. 176 Phase-8, Bagong Silang in North Caloocan City during funeral leading to their final rest in peace at Tala Cemetery in Bagong Silang on Sunday. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dagok sa hustisya ang pagpapalaya kay Bong Revilla

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Tandaan natin ang araw na ito – Disyembre 7, 2018 – nagtagumpay ang mga alagad ng korupsiyon

Robredo: Respect for human rights a reflection of our being Filipino

Dec 09, 2018 - 4:10 PM

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Vice President Leni Robredo urges all Filipinos to value life and dignity

VPLR led the launch of Laylayan Koalisyon for the province of Camarines Norte on Friday, 23 November 2018, at the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation in Daet, Camarines Norte. (Photo by OVP)

Burundi to shut United Nations rights office – sources

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The government on Wednesday, December 5, sends a verbal note to resident UN coordinator Garry Conille to transmit the message to the rights council's High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Geneva

Rappler Talk: Prosecuting extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Dec 06, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Justice has only investigated at least 76 cases of killings related to the war on drugs

'Hundreds' of Aussie convictions in doubt after mob lawyer named as informant

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

While the courts only mentioned Mokbel and his associates, more than 600 cases could be tainted, according to Melbourne's Herald Sun

Drop 'politically motivated' criminal charges vs Rappler, Maria Ressa

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'This attempt to silence a highly regarded news website is just the latest example of the administration’s contempt for free and vibrant news media,' says Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

UNDER THREAT. The Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte has filed mutiple tax cases against Rappler Holdings and its president Maria Ressa, acts deemed by human rights groups as an attack on press freedom. File Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Media, human rights groups slam latest tax cases vs Rappler

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The mounting tax charges against Rappler are a blatant form of legal harassment,' says the Committee to Protect Journalists

'LEGAL HARASSMENT.' Groups slam the latest tax cases filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa. Screenshot from Rappler video.

U.N. wants Syria to account for war dead, detainees

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria says it is crucial to push the Syrian government to give a full account after it began in May to release death notifications

SYRIA WAR. 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. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Gov't urged to ensure justice for other victims like Kian delos Santos

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says there must be accountability for all of the other deaths under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

'Death squad' vs NPA will 'worsen' existing human rights calamity

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he will form sparrow units is a 'declaration of open season against rebels, leftists, civilians, and critics of the government,' according to Human Rights Watch

WORSE. Human rights groups warn that the President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to create squads similar to sparrow units will worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines. Photo from Malacañang

HRW on possible PH-wide Alsa Masa-like network: Another weapon vs rights

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch says tapping groups like Alsa Masa for grassroots intelligence gathering 'will worsen the human rights calamity' in the Philippines

Egypt rounds up dozens of human rights defenders – HRW

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Human Rights Watch calls on Egyptian authorities to 'immediately reveal all the detainees' whereabouts, release all of those arrested solely for exercising their rights, and bring any others swiftly before a judge to review their detention'

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Seventeen children were among 36 IS family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

[OPINION] To Yesha and the Ramos children

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:05 AM

To the children of Ben, I can assure you that wherever you go from now on, once people know that you are the children of Ben and Yesha Ramos, you will be looked up to, admired

Strengthen human rights awareness of Filipinos, say opposition bets

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Erin Tañada believe Filipinos should be made more aware of their human rights, so they won't be afraid to file reports when abuses happen

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. Senatorial bets Erin Tañada, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc say Filipinos should be made more aware of human rights. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Education advocates to gather in Students’ Rights Summit 2018

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Interested participants may register online or contact Rise For Education until November 16

[OPINION] The people lost another good defender

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.

PEOPLE'S LAWYER. Lawyer Benjamin Ramos defended farmers, peasants, and the marginalized. Photo from MASIPAG

Tax case vs Rappler 'desperate attempt to silence critical voice' – HRW

Nov 10, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'This case against Rappler is a clear assault on press freedom in the Philippines and part of the Duterte government’s attempt to evade scrutiny and accountability,' says Human Rights Watch

INDICTMENT. The Department of Justice indicts Rappler for tax evasion. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

US denies China 'Cold War' but deep gaps persist

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Rather, we want to ensure that China act responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Duterte blasts communists: Why would I kill a lawyer?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'Napaka-small time ko naman. Why would I assassinate him?' says President Rodrigo Duterte days after human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was killed

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Region 10 beneficiaries held at the USTP Gymnasium, Claro M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City on October 31, 2018. Malacañang photo

ISIS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause – monitor

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says waves of US-led air strikes since Monday, November 5, have killed 48 jihadists, including during two ISIS assaults on oilfields north of the Hajin enclave

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Murder of 'Mabinay 6' lawyer 'an attack vs human rights movement'

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights groups call on the government to 'act with urgency' in addressing the rising violence against human rights defenders

HRW calls for independent probe into police's role in extrajudicial killings

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:17 PM

The New York-based organization made the call after the Central Visayas police chief said hitmen in EJKs might be retired or active cops

ZERO EJK? Protesters call for end to drug war killings in front of the PNP headquarters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China rights record in spotlight at U.N. review

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region

UN REVIEW. This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighurs riding through a sand storm, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

International Declaration on Information and Democracy

Nov 05, 2018 - 4:33 PM

The Declaration establishes democratic guarantees for global information and communication space