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Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Altermidya correspondent, 4 human rights leaders arrested in Tacloban

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Various media and school organizations call for their immediate release, saying the arrests are meant to silence media and human rights defenders

ARRESTED. Eastern Vista executive director Frenchiemae Cumpio were among the 5 persons arrested by the police and military on February 7, 2020. Photo from Altermidya Network's Facebook page

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

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

Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

Ibon Foundation: Duterte gov't 'red-tagging' meant to silence dissent

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:39 AM

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'

Still no 'meaningful accountability' over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int'l

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:16 AM

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'

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

CHR calls for justice over killing of peasant leader in Northern Samar

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Duterte government must stop 'all forms of violence and harassment against human rights defenders'

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

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

Sabio 'drops' ICC communication vs Duterte, but does it matter?

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Experts say it will not affect the ongoing preliminary examination of the Philippine case

WITHDRAW? Lawyer Jude Sabio, with fellow lawyer Larry Gadon, execute on January 14, 2019, an affidavit expressing his intent to withdraw the communication he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(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

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

U.S. senators to Duterte: Human rights violations must end

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'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

US SENATOR. Senator Edward Markey. Screenshot of video from Senator Edward Markey's Facebook page

Families to Duterte gov't: You killed our loved ones, not the drug problem

Jan 07, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Rise Up for Life and for Rights network says the Duterte government must pay its 'bloody debt'

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

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

Rights group leader gets death and rape threats on Human Rights Day

Dec 19, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Karapatan's Cristina Palabay is threatened with death and rape after celebrating Human Rights Day

CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS? Human rights groups rally to commemorate International Human Rights Day at Mendiola in Manila on December 10, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

Church leaders, advocates say human rights ‘deteriorating’ in Visayas

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Catholic priest Jose Bagadiong says basic rights are deteriorating on all fronts in the region

HUMAN RIGHTS. Cebuanos march for human rights outside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

On Human Rights Day, fight vs abuses continues amid crackdown under Duterte

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay says human rights 'must continuously be asserted, defended and fought for’

Human rights advocates wearing masks bearing signs “Pinoy Resist” stage a creative action at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Tuesday, Dec, 10, 2019, urging the government to stop the killings related to the campaign against illegal drugs. The protesters urge the Duterte administration to veer away from killing suspects and innocent civilians as the “solution to the perceived drug problem” and also demand from the government to implement a rights-based approach against illegal drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte is making a big mistake

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The human rights community exists for a reason and it will not cease to exist – even if tyrants like President Rodrigo Duterte become powerless

Malacañang hits U.S. senator Sanders for calling out PH human rights abuses

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Malacañang once again says foreign officials have no right to meddle in the Philippines' internal affairs

HUMAN RIGHTS. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders draws the ire of Malacañang for calling out human rights abuses in the Philippines. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

De Lima: U.N. support for rights groups in PH 'indispensable'

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima also thanks United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for speaking out on her 'arbitrary' detention and attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. Rights groups protest violations of human rights seen under the Duterte administration. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. report on attacks vs PH rights groups is 'shoddy work' – Locsin

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'The UNHRC report reads like it was written by the accusers...Ignore it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

THREATS. Human rights defenders urge the Philippine government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Ghost of Marcos' Martial Law seen under Duterte – rights groups

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) On the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, various groups urge Filipinos to take a stand amid human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

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

U.S. lawmakers 'deeply troubled' by human rights abuses in PH

Jul 31, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Several members of the US House of Representatives call out the Duterte administration's drug war, crackdown on press freedom, and attacks on rights groups

US LAWMAKERS. In this photo, the US Capitol where lawmakers hold office is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines, not U.N., should probe drug war – Lacson

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:13 PM

'Para payagan nating mag-imbestiga sila rito, parang sampal naman sa atin ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PHILIPPINE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines should first probe killings in the drug war before the United Nations. Photo from Senate of the Philippines PRIB

Imee Marcos: PH must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland 'ASAP'

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Marcos, in turn, lashes out at developed countries where abortion is allowed

ICELAND. Senator Imee Marcos says Philippines must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland for leading a resolution that compels the United Nations Human Rights Council to review drug war killings in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Human rights advocate shot dead in Negros Oriental

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Police have yet to establish the motive in the killing of 43-year-old Romano Baldoza, a former Negros Oriental coordinator of the human rights group Karapatan

KILLED. A human rights advocate is shot dead in his hometown in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, on July 7. NORPPO Photo

Robredo on call for U.N. drug war probe: 'Nakakahiya'

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Nakakahiya naman yata na iba pa iyong nakapansin, iba pa iyong nagmamalasakit, iba pa iyong nababahala,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DAILY SCENE. Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher,' on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

Human rights: How to deal with Duterte, the biggest challenge?

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Advocates are constantly challenged by President Rodrigo Duterte's 'intentional distortion' of human rights since 2016. What are lessons learned?

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

Rights group denied chance to present evidence in red-tagging hearing

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Court of Appeals 14th Division submits the case for decision without allowing human rights group Karapatan to present testimonies and witnesses

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay expresses disappointment over the Court of Appeals waiving their right to present evidence in the group's writ of amparo case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

2 human rights workers shot dead in Sorsogon

Jun 16, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Ryan Hubilla, a 22-year-old senior high school student, and Nelly Bagasala, 69, who both advocated for human rights, are killed by unknown gunmen

STOP KILLINGS. Cordillera human rights defenders urge the government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Mistaken identity? Journalist Margarita Valle 'clear state target,' says family

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:55 PM

'Our mother's ordeal in the hands of CIDG was a clear example of the vicious pattern of state forces of attacks against journalists, dissenters, and human rights defenders,' says the Valle family

'STATE TARGET'. The family of Margarita Fores, shown here detained at Camp Abelon in Pagadian City, says police violated the human rights of the Davao-based journalist. Photo courtesy of the Valle family

CHR: Mistaken arrest of Davao columnist 'puts into question' PNP guidelines

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Considering the current climate of impunity and growing reports of harassment and red-tagging, cases of mistaken identity raise doubts and fears,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle arrested at Laguindingan Airport

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Police serve 61-year-old journalist Margarita Valle with warrants for alleged murder, destruction of government property, and arson, which her son says are 'trumped-up charges'

Robredo: Why reject U.N. probe if Duterte gov't has nothing to hide?

Jun 09, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

Human rights are the bedrock of a person's dignity and freedom. Human rights belong to every regardless of their stature in life, their gender, class, ethinicity, religion, politics or circumstances. Human rights are universal because we are all born with them. And yet, because people do not equally enjoy their rights and human rights itself are under attack, there are those who spend their lives fighting for the rights of others and their selves. December 10, 2018 International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines rejects call for U.N. rights council probe

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice on International Human Rights Day. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) Eleven independent experts say in a statement, 'The government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfill their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable'

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. This file photo shows Cordillera Human Rights defenders as they 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.€ File photo by Mau Victa

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

Hustisya seeks donations for kids affected by EJKs, other rights abuses

May 29, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The human rights group say beneficiaries include children of desaparecidos, political prisoners, and activists who were victims of extrajudicial killings

Groups fear 'more challenging days' for human rights with new Senate

May 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Advocate Rose Trajano says it is high time for local government units to introduce and promote ordinances that focus on defending human rights

Duterte gov't says human rights lawyers don't need SC protection order

May 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also tells the Supreme Court that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot be impleaded in the writ of amparo

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison