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Harry Roque headed to Marawi for cases vs Maute group

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he will go to Marawi City to gather information on cases that can be filed against Maute group members for violation of international humanitarian law

RUINS OF MARAWI. A soldier patrols the warzone in Marawi which remains off limits to civilians weeks after the city was liberated from local terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing 'apartheid' on Rohingya

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:25 PM

An Amnesty International report details how years of persecution have curated the current crisis

BURNING UP. In this file photo, smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village in the area near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 30, 2017.  Stringer/AFP

Human Rights Summit: Lawyers go all out vs war on drugs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:52 PM

'The challenge now is to go beyond legalese, to realize the relevance of our profession at this point in our history,' says Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

SUMMIT. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will hold a summit alongside other law groups to address legal concerns in the government's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lawyers to question before Supreme Court role of prosecutors in EJKs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The justice department's data shows that prosecutors have handled only 71 drug-related deaths out of the thousands who have been killed

PROSECUTING THE WAR ON DRUGS. Law groups want to highlight the obligations of prosecutors in cases where drug suspects are killed in police operations. Photo by Rappler

EU's Mogherini 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:33 PM

But Federica Mogherini's optimistic tone appears sharply at odds with the realities on the ground in a crisis that has seen 620,000 Rohingya flee rape, murder and arson

TALKS. Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (L) speaks with EU Foreign Policy Representative Federica Mogherini (R) after a family photo during the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) foreign ministers' meeting in Naypyidaw on November 20, 2017. Aung Htet/AFP

Ex-CHR head gets int'l award for political courage

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Germany-based Progressive Alliance cites ex-CHR chairperson Etta Rosales for her contribution to human rights in the Philippines

PA AWARD. Former CHR chairperson and Martial Law victim Etta Rosales is honored by the Progressive Alliance. Photo courtesy of Akbayan

Amnesty International report, PH population, Google, FB join Trust Project | Midday wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

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Both sides in Marawi siege committed abuses – Amnesty Int'l

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:06 AM

An Amnesty International report says the civilian population in Marawi City suffered immensely from abuses of both members of the Maute Group and government forces

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The verdict was widely expected from a justice system heavily warped by the influence of long-standing premier Hun Sen, who is accused of ruthlessly targeting rivals in the run-up to 2018 polls

PARTY'S OVER. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sit at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

'Mounting evidence' of Myanmar genocide – watchdogs

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide

EXODUS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

UN chief low-key in first Philippine visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the Philippines amid the tense dynamics of the international organization with President Rodrigo Duterte

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang

U.S. lawmakers to Duterte: ‘Sovereignty doesn't give gov'ts free rein to kill'

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

US congressmen Randy Hultgren and James McGovern urge President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his drug war in keeping with the Philippines' obligations under international law

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Nov 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Trudeau tells Duterte: Canada ‘concerned’ over EJKs

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Canadian Prime Minister says he talked to Duterte right before the start of the ASEAN-Canada Commemorative Summit

MEETING THE PRESS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference at the International Media Center in Manila, November 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump, Duterte welcome Myanmar's vow to 'end the violence' vs Rohingya

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The calls for resolution of the conflict from the United States and the Philippines, comes after the Un Secretary-General also met with Aung San Suu Kyi and after the Rohingya issue was raised at the ASEAN Summit plenary

JOINT DISCUSSION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump engage in their first bilateral meeting. Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 14, 2017

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the 31st ASEAN Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Trump agree 'dignity of human life essential'

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The joint statement, which refers to adherence to human rights, contradicts Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's claim that human rights was not discussed at the bilateral meeting

BILATERAL MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discusses matters during a bilateral meeting. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UN wants to strengthen ASEAN human rights body

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:51 AM

This comes as several ASEAN countries are facing human rights-related controversies

HUMAN RIGHTS. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres seeks to strengthen human rights in the ASEAN region. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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Nov 13, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Budding friendship between Trump and Duterte

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:10 PM

US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte evidently hit it off as the two shared conversations and laughs over the last few days

FRIENDS. Trump and Duterte sat next to each other at the 31st ASEAN gala dinner where Duterte sang at Trump's request. Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Philippines, U.S. give conflicting statements on Duterte-Trump meeting

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM

'Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs,' says White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, contradicting an earlier statement from Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discuss matters during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ASEAN discusses Rohingya, but avoids accountability

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:09 PM

While the plight of Rohingya was discussed at the ASEAN Summit plenary, analysts insist the brief mention of the minority group is far from enough as the regional bloc fails to address the human rights violations in Rakhine state

NOT ENOUGH. The plight of Rohingya was touched in slightly but analysts say the discussion was far from adequate. Photo from ASEAN Summit Opening

Human rights advocates: Trump's silence on Duterte's drug war 'dismaying'

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:41 PM

'Trump is failing to understand that words have power and failure to speak out could have a lot of symbolic value in terms of how Filipinos view the United States and the Philippine relationship with the United States,' says Kine of Human Rights Watch

BUDDIES. President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN Gala Dinner. Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

The deafening silence of ASEAN on human rights violations

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:46 AM

The non-interference principle that governs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leads to inaction on human rights violations rampant among its member-countries

ISIS recaptures last Syrian urban bastion in fierce fightback

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:53 AM

(UPDATED) Across the border, Iraqi forces seize several villages from the jihadists in an offensive to capture the last ISIS-held section of their country

Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 5:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte goes into the event appearing confident that even his most outrageous remarks and actions will be ignored, having boasted in the lead-up he once stabbed someone to death, while at the same time proposing to host a global human rights summit

AFTERMATH. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows funeral workers carrying the dead body of an alleged drug dealer killed after a police drug operation in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

ASEAN civil society groups to highlight human rights issues in region

Nov 10, 2017 - 7:26 PM

'ASEAN is not a safe place for human rights activists and defenders, journalists, and people who have been progressive and modernizing ideas,' says the steering committee of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference to be held in Manila

U.S. to fund PH war on drugs anew – rights group

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:51 PM

According to 2018 US Congressional budget documents, some $5.3 million in assistance is allocated for the Philippine justice sector which may be used by the PNP to 'improve respect for human rights'

BAN TRUMP. Demonstrators staged a rally against the arrival of US President Donald Trump. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Int'l coalition calls for 'decisive actions' against drug war killings in PH

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

More than 200 non-governmental organizations also urge ASEAN to end its silence on human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Ejk victims light thousand of candles on all souls day to call for end to state violence. Photos by Maria Tan

Duterte wants Philippines to host 'world summit on human rights'

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:44 PM

'All the victims of human rights violation are invited to come and air their gripe or grievances,' says the Philippine president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, gives his insights on globalization citing that if it should be promoted, global trade players should strike a balance between the rich and poor countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | Newspoint] Presumption of abnormality

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The law seems to have become (with apologies to Samuel Johnson) the last refuge of the scoundrel

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Nov 09, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to relay concern over drug war killings to Duterte

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James McGovern, co-chairs of the United States Congress' Human Rights Commission, says human rights violations should not be the consequences of the Philippines' war on drugs

Myanmar rebuffs 'harmful' UN statement on Rohingya

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Myanmar says a UN Security Council statement could 'seriously harm' efforts to repatriate the Muslim minority from Bangladesh

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Why ASEAN must intervene in the Rohingya crisis

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:59 PM

'Nearly 5 years later, this issue is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis and it’s time for the Association of South-East Asian nations (ASEAN) to present a regional response'

REGIONAL ISSUE. The Rohingya issue is no longer just Myanmar's but the whole of ASEAN's.

ISIS attack killed at least 75 displaced Syrians

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The scale of the attack showed that despite losing vast swathes of territory it held in Iraq and Syria, the group is still capable of mounting deadly attacks

WAR-TORN. A picture shows the damage in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor during a military operation by government forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on November 4, 2017. AFP photo

Bar examinees urged: Become people's lawyers, human rights defenders

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) addresses bar examinees in an open letter just in time for bar examinations

LAWYERS. 2016 Bar passers take oath before justices of the Supreme Court. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

1 dead after overturned pail sparks riot at overcrowded QC jail

Nov 04, 2017 - 6:01 PM

A gang rushing one of its members to the jail's clinic overturns a pail and accidentally splashes water on a sleeping rival gang

OVERCROWDING. In this file photo, taken on July 21, 2016, inmates sleep on the steps of a ladder inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Zimbabwe arrests U.S. woman for Mugabe goblin twitter jibe

Nov 03, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Human rights lawyers say Zimbabwean police arrests an American citizen for apparently tweeting that President Robert Mugabe is a 'goblin whose wife and step-son bought a Rolls Royce'

[OPINION] Araw ng Pinatay 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

There were significantly fewer people who trooped to the cemetery. Was it because for the past year-and-a-half, our people had seen so much death courtesy of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, that remembering the dead on November 1 seemed superfluous?

'Spokesperson Roque' hopes to advise Duterte on human rights issues

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:50 PM

'The charade is now over as Roque is liberated and obligated to be the President’s official apologist,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman in response to the Palace post of Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON. President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped Kabayan Representative Harry Roque as his new spokesperson. Photo from the Twitter page of Harry Roque

Phlpost issues Ferdinand Marcos birth centennial stamps

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Netizens are outraged over a commemorative stamp showing a smiling Marcos with his signature and the words "Birth Centenary," which was issued to mark the centenary of his birth on September 11

COMMEMORATIVE. The Philipine Postal Corporation issued stamps in time for the centennial of the birth of the ousted dictator. Photo by AFP

Rights groups to Roque: Reconsider offer to be Duterte spokesman

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Bertha Justice Network asks known human rights lawyer and now Kabayan Representative Harry Roque to think twice before accepting the President's offer to be spokesman

NOT THE HARRY WE KNOW. A group of human rights organizations says they know Kabayan Representative Harry Roque as a staunch human rights activist. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Not just O'Reilly and Weinstein: Sexual violence a 'global pandemic'

Oct 26, 2017 - 2:38 PM

It’s important to acknowledge that this issue transcends national borders and class boundaries to touch the lives of roughly 33% of all women worldwide

ACCUSED ABUSER. This file photo taken on October 05, 2015 shows Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall at the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015.  Valery Hache/AFP

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration