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Human rights under assault worldwide – U.N. chief

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:42 PM

'People are being left behind. Fears are growing,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres, pointing to swelling divisions and political polarization in many countries.

HUMAN RIGHTS. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is seen on a TV screen addressing at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[LIVE] Int’l Forum on Lawfare: Weaponizing the Law vs Democratic Dissent

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Understanding 'lawfare' and unpacking the stories and experiences against the weaponization of the law are among the topics to be discussed at the Manila leg of the international forum, to be held at De La Salle University on February 21

Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Rights groups, lawmakers condemn Calida's motion to gag ABS-CBN

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:17 PM

'Why is President Duterte and the Philippines government so scared of independent opinions and a free press?' asks Human Rights Watch

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest

TGIF. A leisurely Friday in Qatar. Photo by Olya Morvan/Hans Lucas

Turkey, Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to strike Syrian regime forces 'everywhere' if his soldiers come under renewed attack

TENSION. Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province on February 10, 2020. AFP file photo

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN political harassment, vendetta – rights groups

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Karapatan says it is not surprising that Solicitor General Jose Calida is 'doing the dirty work of concocting legal offensives against his master’s so-called enemies and critics'

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ibon Foundation files complaint vs 3 gov't officials over red-tagging

Feb 10, 2020 - 3:04 PM

The policy research group wants the Ombudsman to punish 3 key officials, including Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, for 'malicious abuse of authority and negligent performance of duties as public officials'

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

Altermidya correspondent, 4 human rights leaders arrested in Tacloban

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Various media and school organizations call for their immediate release, saying the arrests are meant to silence media and human rights defenders

ARRESTED. Eastern Vista executive director Frenchiemae Cumpio were among the 5 persons arrested by the police and military on February 7, 2020. Photo from Altermidya Network's Facebook page

'Big problems' in China response to virus – HRW

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth points in particular to what he says is the 'suppression' of reports on the virus in China during the early days of the outbreak

EPICENTER. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows the first batch of patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus as they arrive at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

Crackdown on environmental defenders 'may lead to P1-T ecological damage yearly'

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment submits to the United Nations its own report on the human rights situation under the Duterte administration

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. The Philippines is the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist, according to the latest report of international nongovernmental organization Global Witness. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ibon Foundation: Duterte gov't 'red-tagging' meant to silence dissent

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:39 AM

Ibon Foundation, a policy research group formed in 1978, says 'the public deserves the truth and to be informed about the issues that matter to them the most'

Still no 'meaningful accountability' over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int'l

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Amnesty International says that 'families were unable to obtain justice for their loved ones, due to enormous obstacles to filing cases against perpetrators, including fear of retaliation'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'

Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR calls for justice over killing of peasant leader in Northern Samar

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Duterte government must stop 'all forms of violence and harassment against human rights defenders'

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

Sabio 'drops' ICC communication vs Duterte, but does it matter?

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Experts say it will not affect the ongoing preliminary examination of the Philippine case

WITHDRAW? Lawyer Jude Sabio, with fellow lawyer Larry Gadon, execute on January 14, 2019, an affidavit expressing his intent to withdraw the communication he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. senators to Duterte: Human rights violations must end

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'While we remain a steadfast ally of the Philippines, we also remain resolute in defending human rights and the rule of law,' says US Democratic Senator Edward Markey

US SENATOR. Senator Edward Markey. Screenshot of video from Senator Edward Markey's Facebook page

Families to Duterte gov't: You killed our loved ones, not the drug problem

Jan 07, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Rise Up for Life and for Rights network says the Duterte government must pay its 'bloody debt'

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

Goodbye, 2019: Five reasons this year stands out

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Journalists who speak truth to power, citizens who turn rage into action – these are among the 5 things that make 2019 stand out

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

China bans 'custody and education' punishment for sex workers

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'Sex workers are subjected to police violence – forced labour, compulsory testing for sexually transmitted disease... [and] humiliation and physical violence at these centers,' says Shen Tingting of non-government organization Asia Catalyst

[OPINION] Celebrating the birth of a radical activist on Christmas

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'People should be reminded that Jesus, in choosing the side of the downtrodden, was a radical change maker who dreamt and worked for a better world'

After Ampatuan conviction, CHR urges gov't to ensure same 'full force of law'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:15 PM

'May this verdict revive our faith in the justice system,' says the Commission on Human Rights, adding that the government must address 'marks of impunity that continue to prevail'

Attorney victims show the legal papers outside the court room after the hearing for the verict of ampatuan massacre case at Camp bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig on December 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Rights group leader gets death and rape threats on Human Rights Day

Dec 19, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Karapatan's Cristina Palabay is threatened with death and rape after celebrating Human Rights Day

CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS? Human rights groups rally to commemorate International Human Rights Day at Mendiola in Manila on December 10, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

HRW: Use Ampatuan conviction to push for reforms vs culture of impunity

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The conviction of the Ampatuan brothers over the 2009 massacre should signal the end of state support for private armies and political warlordism, says Human Rights Watch

Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Locsin calls ‘idiotic’ US Senate panel’s resolution vs PH officials

Dec 15, 2019 - 1:37 PM

The Philippines' top diplomat cites the 'separation of powers and the independence of nations' as he hits the US foreign relations committee resolution citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

'IDIOTIC'. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin hits a US Senate committee's resolution against Philippine government officials. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What the Philippines' CHR findings on polluters' liability mean for loss and damage negotiations at COP25

Dec 15, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Establishing successful legal cases could be the way to start putting pressure on rich polluting countries to finally make an action on loss and damage

Visitors arrive at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 3, 2019. Spain's Socialist government offered to host this year's UN climate conference, known as COP25, from December 2 to December 13, 2019, after the event's original host Chile withdrew last month due to deadly riots over economic inequality. CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Human rights activist Brandon Lee now recovering in U.S.

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The Chinese-American, who was seriously injured after he was ambushed in front of his house in Ifugao, appears in a video and says 'Laban!'

'LABAN.' BAYAN USA uploads a video greeting from Brandon Lee on Internationl Human Rights Day. Screenshot from BAYAN USA YouTube video

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

FALSE: No punishment for rapists in PH because they're ‘protected by CHR’

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Anti-Rape Law punishes rapists from 6 years of imprisonment to reclusion perpetua

‘Time for reckoning’: CHR lauded for declaration vs oil and cement firms

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Commission on Human Rights finds carbon majors legally and morally liable for their role in climate change and its effects on vulnerable communities

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Youth Climate advocates and various environmental groups call for a climate justice during the protest in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 29 November 2019. Photo by Basilio Sepe/Greenpeace

CHR: Big oil, cement firms legally, morally liable for climate change effects

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:19 AM

'We have found, based on the evidence presented before us and also our own research, that carbon majors may in fact be held morally liable and legally liable,' says the Philippines' Commission on Human Rights

CLIMATE ACTION. Demonstrators demand urgent action on the climate crisis from world leaders attending the COP25 summit, in Madrid, Spain on December 6, 2019. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Church leaders, advocates say human rights ‘deteriorating’ in Visayas

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Catholic priest Jose Bagadiong says basic rights are deteriorating on all fronts in the region

HUMAN RIGHTS. Cebuanos march for human rights outside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

On Human Rights Day, fight vs abuses continues amid crackdown under Duterte

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay says human rights 'must continuously be asserted, defended and fought for’

Human rights advocates wearing masks bearing signs “Pinoy Resist” stage a creative action at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Tuesday, Dec, 10, 2019, urging the government to stop the killings related to the campaign against illegal drugs. The protesters urge the Duterte administration to veer away from killing suspects and innocent civilians as the “solution to the perceived drug problem” and also demand from the government to implement a rights-based approach against illegal drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hong Kongers mark half a year of protest with mammoth rally

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) Organizers bill the protest as a 'last chance' for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to meet their demands

Australia slams China's 'unacceptable' treatment of jailed writer

Dec 02, 2019 - 9:05 AM

In an unusually frank statement, Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne says she is 'very concerned by reports from a recent consular visit to Australian citizen Dr Yang Hengjun'

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[OPINION] Standing with women leaders in ending violence, building peace

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Poverty has a female face. Women shoulder almost all of the unpaid care work and are hit worst when decent public services are hard to access.

China summons U.S. envoy, urges not to implement Hong Kong law

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodges a 'strong protest' with US Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signs the law supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The US president at first seemed reluctant to sign the bill, but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he has little political room to maneuver

FREE. Grafitti which reads 'Free HK' is seen on the ground at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 27, 2019, over a week after police surrounded the building while protesters were still barricaded inside. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by  Philip Fong / AFP

Israel expels Human Rights Watch country director

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Israel accuses American citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, of supporting a boycott of the Jewish state

EXPELLED. American citizen Omar Shakir, the director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian territories, waves ahead of entering the departures area at Ben Gurion airport on November 25, 2019, after being expelled from Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

[OPINION] Duterte is making a big mistake

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The human rights community exists for a reason and it will not cease to exist – even if tyrants like President Rodrigo Duterte become powerless