Rappler's latest stories on human rights in the Philippines
Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order
'Para payagan nating mag-imbestiga sila rito, parang sampal naman sa atin ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson
Marcos, in turn, lashes out at developed countries where abortion is allowed
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
'Nakakahiya naman yata na iba pa iyong nakapansin, iba pa iyong nagmamalasakit, iba pa iyong nababahala,' says Vice President Leni Robredo
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'
Advocates are constantly challenged by President Rodrigo Duterte's 'intentional distortion' of human rights since 2016. What are lessons learned?
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga
The Court of Appeals 14th Division submits the case for decision without allowing human rights group Karapatan to present testimonies and witnesses
The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders
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
Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights
'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
'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
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'
'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'
(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'
The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines
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
The human rights group say beneficiaries include children of desaparecidos, political prisoners, and activists who were victims of extrajudicial killings
Advocate Rose Trajano says it is high time for local government units to introduce and promote ordinances that focus on defending human rights
Solicitor General Jose Calida also tells the Supreme Court that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot be impleaded in the writ of amparo
The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines
'At this juncture, we simply cannot afford a business-as-usual approach to this political exercise,' says the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country
'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
‘Never in our history have we seen this kind of killing,’ says Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, who also has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to declare the bloody campaign against illegal drugs unconstitutional
2017 marks the bloodiest year for human rights defenders under the Duterte administration
Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines
Malacañang makes this claim while President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to have human rights activists gunned down and has even warned he would slap UN special rapporteurs
United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst says 'public stigmatization of human rights defenders...can incite perpetrators to act against them'
The freedom park is named after the late senator Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno – the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines
Human rights groups call for accountability and justice for the thousands of victims of human rights violations – particularly related to Duterte's bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign
Human rights is easy to understand. Let these kids explain it for you!
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Vice President Leni Robredo urges all Filipinos to value life and dignity
The Department of Justice has only investigated at least 76 cases of killings related to the war on drugs
President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he will form sparrow units is a 'declaration of open season against rebels, leftists, civilians, and critics of the government,' according to Human Rights Watch
Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch says tapping groups like Alsa Masa for grassroots intelligence gathering 'will worsen the human rights calamity' in the Philippines
Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Erin Tañada believe Filipinos should be made more aware of their human rights, so they won't be afraid to file reports when abuses happen
Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.
Does Chel Diokno have it in him to convince the tougher judge – the Filipino voter?
The Commission on Human Rights points out that the reelection of the Philippines was 'expected because the Asian group fielded as many candidates as there were seats in the Human Rights Council'
The Social Weather Stations survey also shows that teachers are the most trusted to have true respect for human rights
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
Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst
International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases
These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says calls and protests against extrajudicial killings are not meant to stop government from doing its job
'The police are again demonstrating their preference for wielding fear, intimidation, and arbitrary arrest to target vulnerable communities rather than respect for the rule of law,' says Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch