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Plans for Martial Law victims, martyrs memorial move forward

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We will continue to tell the story despite the fake news and the post-truth arguments because it's important that the future generations are made aware of what really happened during Martial Law,' CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon says

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

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

NUPL: Justice finally catches up with the 'Butcher' Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The conviction of retired army major general Jovito Palparan sends a message that 'rightful retribution will come in time' against human rights violators, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers says

JOVITO PALPARAN. A Bulacan court affirms the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against retired military general Jovito Palparan, Rappler file photo

Palparan conviction sends strong signal to human rights abusers – CHR

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) It's a triumph of strong will, says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

'Bigger than Jonas': Edita Burgos carries torch for grieving women

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'The search is not just for Jonas but also for all victims...and if I find him, I will continue working for the disappearance of enforced disappearances'

Interview with Edita Burgos in Quezon City on August 27, 2018

11,103 victims of human rights violations under Martial Law to get compensation

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The release of the final list comes days before the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board ends its operations on May 12, 2018 as mandated by law

Dela Rosa dares HRW to take him to court: 'Puro kayo dakdak'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on Thursday, April 19, after completing a term marred by allegations of human rights violations

RETIRING SOON. PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa should be held accountable over drug war deaths – HRW

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'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

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. The chief PNP says he will be transferred when he retires next year. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

EU political party official barred from entering PH

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Giacomo Filibeck of the Party of European Socialists is one of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign. He was supposed to join an Akbayan event in Cebu City.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

Sereno impeachment, Mercado on frigates deal, UNCHR chief slams Duterte | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:51 PM

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[OPINION | Newspoint] The great sellout

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:00 PM

If we think the ultimate danger is native, Marcos-style authoritarianism, we really have not been looking. What we stand to lose this time is not just our freedom, but our sovereignty, our identity, our very soul as a nation

Martial Law victims may get full compensation by May 12

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The law gives the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board only until that date to settle all claims

DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS. The names of personalities who fought the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law have been engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Marawi residents crying for justice fear extended martial law

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:28 PM

The absence of cases of human rights violations does not vouch for the military’s good record in Marawi. It speaks of people’s fear to come forward, says resident Samira Gutoc.

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

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

Harry Roque headed to Marawi for cases vs Maute group

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he will go to Marawi City to gather information on cases that can be filed against Maute group members for violation of international humanitarian law

RUINS OF MARAWI. A soldier patrols the warzone in Marawi which remains off limits to civilians weeks after the city was liberated from local terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Int'l coalition calls for 'decisive actions' against drug war killings in PH

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

More than 200 non-governmental organizations also urge ASEAN to end its silence on human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Ejk victims light thousand of candles on all souls day to call for end to state violence. Photos by Maria Tan

Duterte wants Philippines to host 'world summit on human rights'

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:44 PM

'All the victims of human rights violation are invited to come and air their gripe or grievances,' says the Philippine president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, gives his insights on globalization citing that if it should be promoted, global trade players should strike a balance between the rich and poor countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to relay concern over drug war killings to Duterte

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James McGovern, co-chairs of the United States Congress' Human Rights Commission, says human rights violations should not be the consequences of the Philippines' war on drugs

Bar examinees urged: Become people's lawyers, human rights defenders

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) addresses bar examinees in an open letter just in time for bar examinations

LAWYERS. 2016 Bar passers take oath before justices of the Supreme Court. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No extrajudicial killings in PH? World 'not fooled,' says HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government is limiting its definition of extrajudicial killings to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war

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Sep 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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Civil libertarians launch Movement vs Duterte’s ‘acts of tyranny’

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Movement Against Tyranny MAT leaders urge the public to speak out and act against extrajudicial killings and other acts of tyranny under the Duterte administration

GATHERING OF THE STORM. Leaders of militant groups, churches, academic institutions, media, and other sectors launch the anti-Duterte Movement Against Tyranny (MAD) on August 28 in Quezon City. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

'Enough of the slaughter of mostly poor' - Diokno clan

Aug 21, 2017 - 12:14 PM

It s time to speak out against the killings Silence abets murder and we will have none of both

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the Lumad?

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:04 PM

On International Day of the World s Indigenous Peoples know more about the Lumad and their plight in this infographic

Marawi resident claiming martial law abuses 'a voice in the wilderness' – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez claims 90 of Mindanao residents support martial rule in their region

MINDANAOAN. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez raises the gavel during Congress joint session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao on July 22. Photo by Rappler

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED Samira Gutoc Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations unburied bodies and a Muslim woman who stripped off her clothes in an evacuation center after suffering a mental breakdown

VOICE OF MARAWI. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis tearfully faces pro-Duterte lawmakers on July 22, 2016k to talk about human rights abuses under the Mindanao martial law. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Bill seeks to create 'separate and specialized' subject on human rights

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:48 PM

UPDATED This follows one of the recommendations of a 2012 study commissioned by the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme

Martial law extension won't lead to abuses – Lorenzana

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED In response to calls in Congress to extend martial rule in Mindanao until 2022 Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says martial law is an extraordinary power of the Commander in Chief that must be resorted to only when warranted by our national security circumstances

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a battle dress attire during a visit to Marawi. Rappler file photo

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

In the PH drug war, it's likely EJK when...

May 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The circumstances surrounding the numerous drug related deaths in the Philippines are almost always the same across all incidents

HRW on war on drugs: PH needs 'international intervention'

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Describing the Philippine situation as a human rights calamity Human Rights Watch Deputy Director Phelim Kine says the Philippines needs an urgent international intervention to address human rights violations

HUMAN RIGHTS. Human Rights Watch Deputy Director Philem Kine says that the human rights problem in the country require international intervention. Photo by Marvin Tandayu

CA paves way for hearings on $1.9-B award to Martial Law victims

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The Court of Appeals Special 13th Division junks the Marcoses bid to keep a Makati court from hearing the petition to enforce the 1 9 billion award given by a US court in 1995

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

For his victory, Duterte says he owes Imee Marcos, 3 other governors

Dec 29, 2016 - 7:17 PM

The President also names Jose Zubiri and Abet Garcia as among the governors who helped him win

NO DUTERTE CONTRIBUTION. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says President Rodrigo Duterte was only joking when he said she gave money to his campaign. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FULL TEXT: 'Failing the test of history' – Hontiveros on Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:32 AM

It is our duty as senators as Filipinos as students of history to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again

Photo from Senate PRIB

SC ruling on Marcos burial won't erase human rights abuses – CHR

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:34 PM

This decision will not erase the uncontroverted fact of impunity for human rights violations committed during Martial Law that demands justice says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

#AnimatED: Impunity in the police force

Oct 24, 2016 - 10:31 AM

President Duterte has emboldened the PNP leading to a spillover of violence beyond the war on drugs

Oriental Mindoro cops face murder raps over ‘riding-in-tandem’ case

Oct 13, 2016 - 1:16 PM

One of the police officers was recently awarded by the PNP chief

A Martial Law victim's story of healing

Sep 21, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Hilda Narciso was among the female detainees repeatedly raped while in detention She recalls how she moved forward from the nightmare that was Martial Law

HEALER. Martial Law victim turned healer Hilda Narciso narrates how she moved on after sexual abuse under the dictatorship.

Confronting extrajudicial killings under Duterte

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:20 PM

If we are to stop the killings the first challenge is for the public to denounce it Public opposition or better yet outrage is needed for the government to change its policy

STOP THE KILLINGS. Protesters in Manila

#WarOnDrugs: Amnesty Int'l seeks independent body on rights abuse

Aug 24, 2016 - 3:38 PM

An urban group also holds a protest at Camp Crame on Wednesday to denounce killings related to the anti drug campaign

SPATE OF KILLINGS. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher,' on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH 'superheroes’ urge Duterte to scrap Marcos burial at Heroes’ Cemetery

Jul 23, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Various groups and individuals oppose the plan including relatives of those buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

President Duterte, do not kill in my name

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The bandwagon that the President has created is a bandwagon of hate

'Duterte must break cycle of human rights violations' – Amnesty Int'l

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:07 PM

According to Amnesty International President Rodrigo Duterte s commitment to uphold the rule of law is like a breath of fresh air

OATH TAKING. President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte delivers his inaugural speech. He is the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Cordillerans on talks with communists: Give peace a chance

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:10 PM

As indigenous peoples IP affected by the armed conflict the prospects for the resumption of the peace talks give hope to our people

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

Vigilantism: What have we become?

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Whether he accepts the role or not Mayor Duterte is the principal educator of the nation

Chad ex-dictator gets life sentence for regime's crimes

May 30, 2016 - 10:21 PM

A special court in sentences former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in prison for war crimes crimes against humanity and a litany of other charges including rape

SENTENCED. Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, 20 July 2015. Photo by EPA