Rappler's latest stories on human rights in the Philippines
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
'When Ronald Dela Rosa retires as director general of the PNP, he will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship,' says Human Rights Watch
Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary
'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says
'I think the crucial thing here is that we can't give up. We have to continue doing the pushback,' says Vice President Leni Robredo at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country
In response to Malacañang, the Commission on Human Rights says making allegations without proof opens human rights advocates to attacks
'Duterte did that all by himself, in a path of tyrannical megalomania and unparalleled self-destruction,' says Karapatan, in response to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
(UPDATED) 'Are they trying to have death squads target human rights activists?’ asks Human Rights Watch, after Malacañang tagged groups critical of its drug war as paid lackeys of drug lords
The International Criminal Court also reiterates that withdrawal from the court would not change a country's obligation to cooperate in a proceeding which had already begun
The International Commission of Jurists says President Rodrigo Duterte's justification for making the decision is 'a litany of poorly thought out pseudo-legal arguments and self-serving statements'
Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines
Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy
According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines
The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) says the withdrawal would expose Filipinos to lack of justice in the event of 'atrocious crimes'
'Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display sincere commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place,' the Commission on Human Rights says
Special rapporteurs work in their personal capacity and are not considered employees by the United Nations, hence they do not receive any salary
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also warns that the 'authoritarian approach to governance' of President Rodrigo Duterte can do irreparable damage to efforts to strengthen rule of law in the country
The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses
Human Rights Watch urges the Philippine government to 'stop depicting itself as the victim'
Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous
On Thursday, February 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano about the importance of maintaining check and balance in government
'[The award] is perverse assessment of a Philippine government official implicated in possible crimes against humanity for inciting and instigating killings linked to the war on drugs,' HRW’s deputy Asia director Phelim Kine says
The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well
(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor starts a 'preliminary examination' to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court
An 'impartial and verifiable death toll' is a crucial first step in attaining justice, says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine
This comes after Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte 'has plunged the Philippines in its worst human rights crisis' since the Marcos dictatorship
'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says
Official data shows that 3,993 people were killed in police operations, yet the Duterte administration refuses to tag them as extrajudicial killings. Human rights organizations say the world will not be fooled.
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