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'People are being left behind. Fears are growing,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres, pointing to swelling divisions and political polarization in many countries.
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
Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'
'Why is President Duterte and the Philippines government so scared of independent opinions and a free press?' asks Human Rights Watch
Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest
(UPDATED) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to strike Syrian regime forces 'everywhere' if his soldiers come under renewed attack
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 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'
(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know
(UPDATED) Various media and school organizations call for their immediate release, saying the arrests are meant to silence media and human rights defenders
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
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
PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'
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
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'
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'
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'
The Commission on Human Rights says the Duterte government must stop 'all forms of violence and harassment against human rights defenders'
'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson
Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'
(UPDATED) Experts say it will not affect the ongoing preliminary examination of the Philippine case
China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'
(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
'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
The Rise Up for Life and for Rights network says the Duterte government must pay its 'bloody debt'
Journalists who speak truth to power, citizens who turn rage into action – these are among the 5 things that make 2019 stand out
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'
'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
'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'
'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'
Karapatan's Cristina Palabay is threatened with death and rape after celebrating Human Rights Day
(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
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
What the Philippines' CHR findings on polluters' liability mean for loss and damage negotiations at COP25
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
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!'
’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President
The Anti-Rape Law punishes rapists from 6 years of imprisonment to reclusion perpetua
The Commission on Human Rights finds carbon majors legally and morally liable for their role in climate change and its effects on vulnerable communities
'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
Catholic priest Jose Bagadiong says basic rights are deteriorating on all fronts in the region
Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay says human rights 'must continuously be asserted, defended and fought for’
(UPDATED) Organizers bill the protest as a 'last chance' for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to meet their demands
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'
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.
(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
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
The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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
The human rights community exists for a reason and it will not cease to exist – even if tyrants like President Rodrigo Duterte become powerless