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The week in photos: December 9-15, 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:43 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A boy looks at a rainbow during a sunset in Bogota on December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA

Freedom of expression 'under siege' in PH, say human rights groups

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:15 PM

'The government has the obligation to foster an enabling environment for freedom of expression by taking measures to promote media and digital literacy'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: On Human Rights Day, groups urge Filipinos to fight tyranny

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The groups condemn alleged human rights violations linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, as well as the imposition of martial law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. On the International Human Rights Day, groups condemn the administration's war against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte administration worse than Marcos dictatorship - youth activists

Dec 10, 2017 - 7:28 PM

On International Human Rights Day, youth activists join rights groups that staged protests to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte's rights record

New human rights caucus calls for gov't action on violations

Dec 10, 2017 - 5:20 PM

The CSO-CHR Consultative Caucus for Human Rights (C4HR) aims to raise awareness of human rights as well as coordinate action among stakeholders to promote and defend these rights

On Human Rights Day, PH says it upholds 'due process for state agents'

Dec 10, 2017 - 3:42 PM

President spokesperson Harry Roque says international rights group Human Rights Watch is 'blind, deaf and dumb' about the Duterte government's efforts to punish scalawag cops

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is a known advocate of human rights and international humanitarian law

De Lima calls on intergov’t bodies to take action vs PH drug war

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Leila de Lima says addressing human right violations does not only rest on governments as 'we, the people ourselves, have to act – act with urgency and in solidarity with each other'

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Under heavy police guard, Senator Leila de Lima waves at her supporters after appearing before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 where her trumped-up charges on illegal drug trade are being heard. Photo from De Lima's office

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

Artists’ group to hold human rights concert on December 9

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

‘Alab ng Puso,’ organized by Dakila, features Sandwich, Noel Cabangon, BLKD, Aia de Leon, Tanya Markova, Hilera, Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios and Naliyagan Band, Gary Granada, Flying Ipis, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, IV of Spades, Oh! Flamingo, Ourselves the Elves, and spoken word artists Alfonso Manalastas, Louise Meets, Abby Orbeta, and Juan Miguel Severo

Manlaban Para sa Karapatan rally/concert at the CHR kicks off with a performance from Cheats, Saab Magalona. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Rights groups protest against 'killing fields' in Mindanao

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Barug Katungod Mindanao and Karapatan stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense to protest against Martial Law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. A protester holds a placard that shows half of his face in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Relatives of political prisoners run for freedom

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Around a hundred relatives of political prisoners run to call for the freedom of 449 political prisoners in the country.

RUN FREE. Relatives and friends run to resist Duterte's 'slow death for political prisoners' at the University of the Philippines - Diliman Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Thousands protest across PH vs Duterte's 'worsening human rights record'

Dec 11, 2016 - 7:47 AM

We call on the President to categorically order the military police and para military units to stop the killings human rights groups decry

NO CELEBRATION. Militants burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte in the streets of Manila to commemorate human rights day on December 10 2016.

Why are we willing to risk killing innocent people?

Dec 10, 2016 - 6:27 PM

Indonesia is sacrificing its reputation for upholding human rights in the name of a ‘solution’ to drug use that has been demonstrated to be ineffective Let’s change that

DEATH PENALTY. Indonesian activists hold candles during a candlelight protest against death penalty executions, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 28 July 2016. EPA/MAST IRHAM

WATCH: Left's 1st effigy under Duterte depicts fascist monster

Dec 10, 2016 - 5:53 PM

The effigy depicts the resurrection and rehabilitation of the Marcoses and concerns over the rise in extrajudicial killings Karapatan says

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. On December 10, 2016, a child looks at a pile of 'dead bodies' that forms part of an effigy depicting the culture of impunity in the Philippines and the authoritarian tendencies of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Hate human rights? They protect freedoms you enjoy

Dec 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The criticism of the Commission on Human Rights for being an alleged 'shield of criminals' mirrors failure to appreciate that it also protects a broad range of human rights, including the right to education, food, and life

Human rights: Victim at COP21 in Paris

Dec 10, 2015 - 9:50 PM

UN rights agencies and activists urge countries at the climate conference to unbracket the contentious language on human rights

CHR: Violations vs IP rights an alarming trend

Dec 11, 2012 - 6:55 AM

The plight of indigenous peoples highlighted the human rights situation in the Philippines as the world commemorated the 64th anniversary of Human Rights Day