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CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima refiles bill protecting human rights defenders

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the bill ensures that human rights workers 'are free and protected' and that government policies will 'support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms'

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Various roups mark International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila, on December 10 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Things to know: the bill that seeks to protect human rights defenders

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:37 AM

The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines

House approves bill protecting human rights defenders

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. Human rights activists take to the streets on International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHR: Killings prove that violent rhetoric, vilification of human rights 'deadly'

May 03, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The public threats 'will weaken the works and influence of human rights defenders... who continue to challenge all forms of injustices and hold people in authority to account,' according to the Commission on Human Rights

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

Human rights defenders also killed under Duterte administration

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:13 PM

2017 marks the bloodiest year for human rights defenders under the Duterte administration

Over a hundred human rights defenders have been killed under the Duterte administration alone.

Protecting human rights groups vs threats

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society

Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

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

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

Address impunity in the face of pressure, Sereno tells lawyers

Mar 25, 2017 - 2:41 PM

CJ Sereno challenges lawyers to go against the tide stand firm in the face of pressure and follow their conscience

GO AGAINST THE TIDE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno makes a rousing call to lawyers to "go against the tide" in the face of impunity in the country. Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Duterte 'normalized act of extrajudicial killing'

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

International watchdog Front Line Defenders also calls out the President for threatening to kill human rights defenders who criticize his campaign against illegal drugs

Lawyers, human rights defenders, advocates back Leni Robredo

Apr 23, 2016 - 3:01 PM

To champion her is to elevate our shared aspirations for gender equality peace and sustainable development the group says

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Lumad leader's child tells UN rapporteur about injustices

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:16 AM

UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst describes the murders of Lumad leaders as systematic no different from the aggressions suffered by human rights defenders in rural areas and indigenous communities

LAMENT. United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst meets with members of Karapatan to discuss the situation of human rights defenders in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

PH 2nd highest in killings of human rights defenders – watchdog

Jan 07, 2016 - 8:12 PM

The Philippines is second to Colombia and the highest outside the Americas in human rights defenders killings

HUMAN RIGHTS. The Philippines is one of the worst places for human rights defenders, 32 of whom were killed in 2015. Image courtesy of Raffy De Guzman/Rappler

UN experts on Lumad killings: Unacceptable, deplorable

Sep 23, 2015 - 3:40 PM

Military occupation of civilian institutions and killing of civilians are unacceptable deplorable and contrary to international human rights and international humanitarian standards

STOP LUMAD KILLINGS. Indigenous peoples and advocates light candles for Lumad victims and Emok Samarca, one of slain indigenous rights defenders in Surigao del Sur on September 11. Samarca was killed allegedly by paramilitary groups in Han-ayan, Brgy Diatagon in front of hundreds of residents who were allegedly ordered out of their homes.

Syrian woman blogger gets human rights award

Jun 08, 2012 - 7:59 AM

Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi has been awarded with this year s Human rights Defenders at Risk; she s currently on trial before a military court