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Netherlands takes Russia to European court over MH17 downing

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The Dutch government's move is designed to support cases brought by the relatives of dozens of victims to the European Court of Human Rights

MH17. A picture taken on November 7, 2014, shows a part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Darker days ahead: Rights groups slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Human rights groups say this 'solidifies Duterte's tyranny' and proves 'we are under a de facto martial law'

ABS-CBN workers and supporters on Thursday, July 9, 2020, hold a protest outside the House of Representatives to call for the approval of the network's franchise. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says human rights defenders live a 'grim reality' in the Philippines as they face systematic and widespread attacks for their work

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

In first, U.S. punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States was acting against 'horrific and systematic abuses' in the western region including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control

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[OPINION] Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'

[OPINION] Duterte raises the bar on impunity

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'

Children's rights groups demand justice for 15-year-old killed in Ilocos Sur

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Child Rights Network says using quarantine rules to commit sexual violence and other crimes 'reflects impunity among the deviants in our law enforcement'

Russians, Saudis top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'These sanctions are a forensic tool, they allow us to target perpetrators without punishing the wider people of a country that may be affected,' says Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at 10 Downing street for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

[OPINYON] Ang buhay sa lansangan ay buhay ng pakikibaka ni Ka Elmer Portea

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:04 PM

'Tayo naman ang hinahamon ng panahon. Ipagtanggol natin ang siyang nagtatanggol ng atin.'

[OPINION] Defiance as a moral obligation

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:20 PM

'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'

[EDITORIAL] Wala nang 'middle ground' sa ilalim ng anti-terrorism law

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?

Jul 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The government trying to make systems work is a welcome thing, but is it sincere and is it moving fast enough? We take a nuanced look at policy work.


'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy

Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

London hospital sees spike in child abuse during lockdown

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:11 AM

Clinical examinations reveal symptoms including bleeding in the eyes, bruising, and scalp swelling, while X-rays or CAT scans show brain hemorrhaging, internal bleeding, and skull fractures

U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: PWDs deserve respect – even if they don't look disabled

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Many persons with disabilities don’t physically look disabled. Sometimes, that makes it even harder for them to get the help they need.

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

'I'm going to jump': Tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:56 AM

'I was at sea for a long time. I didn't warn the family, who must think I'm dead,' says Said, a 35-year-old Egyptian on the verge of tears

RESCUED. Some the 47 migrants rescued earlier today by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee boat Ocean Viking 55 km off the coast of Italian island of Lampedusa are on their way to the Ocean Viking on June 30, 2020. Photo by Shahzad Abdul/AFP

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:47 PM

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the passage of the bill 'heightens our concerns about the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism'

Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

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

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population – report

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:50 PM

A report by German researcher Adrian Zenz says Uighur women and other ethnic minorities are being threatened with confinement in re-education camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas

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4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

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

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

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

Amnesty PH slams PDEA for seeking info on 'drug suspects' via Facebook

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to get tips on drug suspects through a Facebook page. Amnesty International Philippines hits the 'dangerous' move.

OPEN FOR TIPS. The 'Isumbong mo kay Wilkins' Facebook page. Rappler screenshot

Pompeo says U.N. vote on race, policing in U.S. is 'hypocrisy'

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:46 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says UN should look at racial disparities in Cuba, China, and Iran instead of US

PROTEST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

RALLIES OKAY? A protester at the "Grand Mañanita" protest rally against the anti-terrorism bill at UP Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Privacy and rights groups worry about the implications of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement

Trump signs sanctions law over China treatment of Uighurs

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Activists say China has rounded up at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims and is forcibly homogenizing them in a brainwashing campaign with few modern precedents

A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag as she joins supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists during a anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on October 1, 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of The People's Republic of China. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

[OPINION] Who’s afraid of the new anti-terrorism law?

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'They can tap my phone, record my conversations, read my emails, hack my internet accounts, take photos and videos of anything I do for 30-60 days'

U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an 'urgent debate,' which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council

UNHRC. The UN's top rights body agrees to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Rights groups slam cyber libel conviction: Dangerous to PH democracy

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) Karapatan says the guilty verdict 'sends an even more dangerous message to the public that anyone and everyone can be criminalized for their views and opinions'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the manila trial court to attend.of her promulgation for the case of cyber libel file against rappler by business man Wilfredo Keng. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

[OPINION] The humanitarian imperative and the threat of the Anti-Terror Bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'

No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:53 AM

‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’

‘Mas dapat magalit’: Filipino youth face dangerous future with anti-terror bill

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects

Microsoft joins rivals, bars police use of face recognition tech

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Microsoft president Brad Smith says that the company has not sold its technology to police in the United States, and would maintain that policy until there are laws in place 'grounded in human rights'

[OPINION] Let us think more critically about 'terrorism'

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:16 PM

'[C]ertain academics have recently argued that the legalization of armed movements in the country...would result in the end of their armed struggle. The academics’ arguments stand on shaky ground.'

[OPINION] The George Floyds in our midst

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'If we remain blind to the bigotry in our society and only start to take notice when an issue is popular, then our voice lacks authenticity'

IBM turns away from facial recognition business

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:54 AM

IBM says it 'firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms'

IBM. The IBM logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 26, 2019. Josep LAGO / AFP


[ANALYSIS] The Anti-Terrorism Act: Duterte will have all dissenters’ necks

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower

[EDITORIAL] 'Terror bill' ang veerus na papatay sa kalayaan

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko

[OPINION] Martial rule without martial law: An anti-terror bill subtext

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:09 PM

'What should be noted is the breadth and intensity of opposition [to the anti-terror bill]. This is a much broader range of opposition than on any other issue under the Duterte administration.'

PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses

Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

[OPINION] What is the need for this anti-terror bill?

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:10 PM

'The timing, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is telling'

[OPINYON] Pandemya at tiranya, paglimot at pagbawi

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Ang bawat tipa natin sa ating mga smartphone at laptop ay gawin nating yabag sa lansangan. Angkinin nating muli ang mga lansangan, ang demokrasya.

[PODCAST] Mapanganib ang anti-terror bill para sa lahat ng Filipino

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Paano maaapektuhan ng anti-terror bill ang ordinaryong mamamayan?

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler