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'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

Duterte's violent drug war leaves children traumatized – HRW

May 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The 'harmful consequences' of the anti-drug campaign go beyond bloody raids, says Human Rights Watch. Children who lose a loved one are left deeply scarred.

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd' – HRW and Johns Hopkins

May 27, 2020 - 9:01 AM

President Nicolas Maduro's government reports 10 COVID-19 deaths out of 1,121 cases in a country of 30 million people

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Taken after midnight, cuffed to a chair: The arrest of Cebuana artist Bambi Beltran

May 22, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran is detained for 60 hours and faces up to 18 years in prison for a sarcastic Facebook post Mayor Edgar Labella called 'fake news.' He says it's nothing personal.

Rights groups urge Filipinos: Reject Duterte admin's 'tyrannical' moves vs ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The order to shut down ABS-CBN is the latest in a string of attacks against media in the Philippines under the Duterte administration

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Human Rights Watch asks DILG to rein in 'out of control' law enforcers

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The rights group says the Department of the Interior and Local Government 'must exercise effective oversight over its personnel, investigate all reports of abuses, and hold officers committing rights violations accountable'

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Human rights orgs urge gov’t to drop charges vs Cebu artist Bambi Beltran

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:11 PM

They say the government is 'misusing' COVID-19 laws on 'fake news' against critics

DROP CHARGES.  Photo from Bambi Beltran's Facebook

Rights groups, lawmakers condemn Calida's motion to gag ABS-CBN

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:17 PM

'Why is President Duterte and the Philippines government so scared of independent opinions and a free press?' asks Human Rights Watch

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN political harassment, vendetta – rights groups

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Karapatan says it is not surprising that Solicitor General Jose Calida is 'doing the dirty work of concocting legal offensives against his master’s so-called enemies and critics'

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

'Big problems' in China response to virus – HRW

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth points in particular to what he says is the 'suppression' of reports on the virus in China during the early days of the outbreak

EPICENTER. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows the first batch of patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus as they arrive at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'

Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

HRW: Use Ampatuan conviction to push for reforms vs culture of impunity

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The conviction of the Ampatuan brothers over the 2009 massacre should signal the end of state support for private armies and political warlordism, says Human Rights Watch

Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Israel expels Human Rights Watch country director

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Israel accuses American citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, of supporting a boycott of the Jewish state

EXPELLED. American citizen Omar Shakir, the director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian territories, waves ahead of entering the departures area at Ben Gurion airport on November 25, 2019, after being expelled from Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

HRW: De Lima's persecution shows Duterte's 'increasing authoritarianism'

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Karapatan also likens the situation of Senator Leila De Lima with the experience of hundreds of political prisoners facing alleged trumped-up charges under President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

U.S. sanctions threaten Iranians' right to health, says Human Rights Watch

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Officially, the US sanctions make exceptions for food, medicine and other humanitarian goods, but most companies are unwilling to do any trade with Iran for fear of repercussions in the world's largest economy

(FILES) A file photo taken on September 11, 2018, shows an Iranian woman shopping at a pharmacy at the Nikan hospital in the Iranian capital Tehran. Washington's sanctions against Tehran have drastically constrained its ability to pay for humanitarian imports and are threatening the health rights of Iranians, Human Rights Watch said on october 29, 2019. STRINGER / afp

HRW: Blocking access won't stop U.N. report on PH drug war

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Phil Robertson says various governments from around the world concerned about the situation here would 'continue to make representations'

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

Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Human rights groups urge the Philippine government to coordinate with the United Nations as rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to write a comprehensive report on the country's situation

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Publisher, Human Rights Watch founder Robert Bernstein dies at 96 – report

May 28, 2019 - 12:56 PM

The New York Times cites Robert Bernstein's son Peter as confirming his death at a hospital in New York

ROBERT BERNSTEIN. Screenshot from video at https://www.law.nyu.edu/bernstein-institute/robert-bernstein

Egypt urged to reveal whereabouts of missing deportees

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Human Rights Watch says those deported are now 'at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment in Egypt' and 'could face severe torture and unfair trials'

FUNERAL. Egyptian soldiers stand guard outside the Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi Mosque, during the funeral of Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who died hours after a powerful explosion hit his convoy yesterday, in the capital Cairo on June 30, 2015. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Rights groups call for independent probe into Negros Oriental killings

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The killings are 'the handiwork of vicious butchers and men in uniform intoxicated by power,' says Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay

Anakpawis partylist stormed in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City to demand justice for the Negros 14 or victims of mass killing in Negros Oriental brought about by the joint police and millitary operations carrying out Oplan Sauron last March 30. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

HRW urges Japan to change transgender 'sterilization' law

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Applicants who wish to change their official documents are required to be without reproductive capacity, effectively requiring most people to be sterilised to meet criteria

FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS. Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) take part in the "Save the Pride" parade in Tokyo on August 11, 2012. File photo by Rie Ishii/AFP

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Human Rights Watch expresses 'deep concern' over red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro

Feb 23, 2019 - 1:50 PM

'Dozens of individuals have been targeted for extrajudicial or summary killing in the Philippines after they were labeled as communist,' says Human Rights Watch

Watchdog to PH: Don't lower age of criminal responsibility

Feb 03, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Human Rights Watch says such proposal will only expose more Filipino children to a 'broken and debilitating' criminal justice system

PROTECT CHILDREN. Child rights defenders hold a protest action as the House of Representatives debated on proposed legislation to lower the minimum age criminal responsibilty of children. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Angola decriminalizes homosexuality in landmark reform

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:25 PM

"Angola has finally shed the divisive 'vices against nature' provision in its law," Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a statement

HRW: Excess in autocratic rule in 2018 'fueling' effective resistance

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:24 PM

In its latest world report, Human Rights Watch highlights the continuous threats and harassment experienced by activists and other progressive groups

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

Drop 'politically motivated' criminal charges vs Rappler, Maria Ressa

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'This attempt to silence a highly regarded news website is just the latest example of the administration’s contempt for free and vibrant news media,' says Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

UNDER THREAT. The Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte has filed mutiple tax cases against Rappler Holdings and its president Maria Ressa, acts deemed by human rights groups as an attack on press freedom. File Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Media, human rights groups slam latest tax cases vs Rappler

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The mounting tax charges against Rappler are a blatant form of legal harassment,' says the Committee to Protect Journalists

'LEGAL HARASSMENT.' Groups slam the latest tax cases filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa. Screenshot from Rappler video.

Gov't urged to ensure justice for other victims like Kian delos Santos

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says there must be accountability for all of the other deaths under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

HRW on possible PH-wide Alsa Masa-like network: Another weapon vs rights

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

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

Egypt rounds up dozens of human rights defenders – HRW

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Human Rights Watch calls on Egyptian authorities to 'immediately reveal all the detainees' whereabouts, release all of those arrested solely for exercising their rights, and bring any others swiftly before a judge to review their detention'

Tax case vs Rappler 'desperate attempt to silence critical voice' – HRW

Nov 10, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'This case against Rappler is a clear assault on press freedom in the Philippines and part of the Duterte government’s attempt to evade scrutiny and accountability,' says Human Rights Watch

INDICTMENT. The Department of Justice indicts Rappler for tax evasion. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Murder of 'Mabinay 6' lawyer 'an attack vs human rights movement'

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights groups call on the government to 'act with urgency' in addressing the rising violence against human rights defenders

HRW calls for independent probe into police's role in extrajudicial killings

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:17 PM

The New York-based organization made the call after the Central Visayas police chief said hitmen in EJKs might be retired or active cops

ZERO EJK? Protesters call for end to drug war killings in front of the PNP headquarters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

North Korea slams sex abuse report

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Korean Association for Human Rights Studies says the 'preposterous' report was a part of political scheme fabricated by the hostile forces to 'tarnish the image' of North Korea

RAMPANT ABUSE. File photo of women wearing traditional Korean dress at a roadside during an 'international march for peace, prosperity, and reunification of Korea' at the outskirts of Pyongyang. Phot by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korean women face rampant sexual abuse by officials – HRW

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:44 PM

'Sexual violence in North Korea is an open, unaddressed, and widely tolerated secret,' says Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth

Women wearing traditional Korean dress hold plastic flowers as they stand at a roadside during an 'international march for peace, prosperity, and reunification of Korea' at the Three Charters Monument on the outskirts of Pyongyang on September 11, 2018. The event was part of North Korea's celebrations surrounding the 70th anniversary of the country's founding. Ed JONES / AFP

Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

The crackdown 'has swept up refugees and asylum seekers, sent young children into horrid, prison-like conditions, and appears to have clear aspects of racial profiling against South Asians and Africans,' says Human Right Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

CRACKDOWN. Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Groups on Trillanes arrest: Part of crackdown on gov't critics

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sends a chilling effect among other critics of the Duterte administration, says Human Rights Watch

ARRESTED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gets on a  police vehicle to bring him to the Makati Police Station for booking procedures following his arrest on September 25, 2018. He was released after posting bail. Photo by Joseph Vidal Senate PRIB

'Big blow against impunity': Human rights groups welcome Palparan conviction

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The court finds the former army general Jovito Palparan, who was nicknamed 'berdugo' (The Butcher), guilty of kidnapping and illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan

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

Over 100 rights groups urge Bahrain to free activist Nabeel Rajab

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:29 PM

The call by 127 non-governmental organizations came after the United Nations denounced Nabeel Rajab's detention as 'arbitrary' and 'discriminatory' earlier this month

NABEEL RAJAB. Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (C) is greeted by relatives at his home in the village of Bani Jamrah, west of Manama, earlier on July 14, 2015, after his release from prision. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Bangladesh court orders hospital for arrested photographer

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Shahidul Alam is arrested at his Dhaka residence by plainclothes policemen on Sunday, August 5, after going live with Al Jazeera speaking about the recent student protests rocking the country

SHAHIDUL ALAM. Activists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on August 6, 2018. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over 'interference'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia gives envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs

Myanmar Reuters reporter says he was hooded, deprived of sleep

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:29 PM

'They asked us questions every two hours and we did not have a chance to sleep for 3 days,' reporter Wa Lone explains to the court

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

Indonesia 'anti-LGBT abuses' fuel HIV cases – Human Rights Watch

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Government actions are discouraging some at-risk groups from accessing prevention and treatment services, according to a new Human Rights Watch report

Russia persecutes Jehovah's Witnesses – rights watchdog

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'The Jehovah's Witness faith is not an extremist organization,' says Human Rights Watch director Rachel Denber. '(Russian) Authorities should stop this religious persecution of its worshippers now.'

BANNED. File photo shows members of Jehovah's Witnesses on a street stand near in Lviv, Ukraine. Shutterstock

HRW: Anti-tambay policy 'retraumatizes' communities affected by drug war

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'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

File photos from Shutterstock, Alecs Ongcal and Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler