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CHR slams Gwen Garcia for publicly shaming netizen

May 22, 2020 - 9:32 PM

‘Shouldn't we both be entitled to the same human rights that the Commission on Human Rights has vowed to protect?’ Garcia asks

GOVERNOR. Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia addresses the public via livestream in this file photo. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

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.

[PODCAST] Ang mga problemang dulot ng warrantless arrests

May 21, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Bakit tila ang due process ay para sa mga kakampi lamang ng Duterte administration?

Algeria cracks down on Facebook activists

May 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

One activist is accused of having insulted President Abdelmadjid Tebboune by calling him 'illegitimate,' while another has criticized the 'injustice' of Algeria's judicial system

FLAG. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

[OPINION] Katherine's death calls for women’s reproductive health in pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 3:49 PM

'Katherine was refused admission and care by 6 hospitals. She was declared dead on arrival by the time she arrived at the seventh hospital.'

Man wanted in Britain over 39 deaths 'organized' trafficking

May 16, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Ronan Hughes faces extradition to Britain over a human smuggling case that saw 39 Vietnamese migrants discovered dead in a truck

Surge in child mortality forecast in pandemic-hit developing countries

May 13, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Poorer nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America could see an additional 1.2 million infants die over the period

A mother in Maguindanao, Philippines reads a COVID-19 leaflet as she waits for her child to be vaccinated. Photo from UNICEF Philippines

Groups want rights-based coronavirus measures for post-lockdown PH

May 11, 2020 - 5:44 PM

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement call on lawmakers to consider rights-based governance as they draw up what a post-lockdown Philippines will look like

Market goers at the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] OFWs and immigrants as milking cows

May 11, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.

[OPINION] How do we mourn the death of a peasant woman political prisoner?

May 10, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'I hope that the government would release political prisoners, especially those who are elderly and sick. We know that Nanay Ede could have been your mother, could have been any of the 19.7 million agricultural workers in the country.'

[OPINION] Balik-Probinsya: Are we learning the wrong lessons from the pandemic?

May 09, 2020 - 4:30 PM

'The literature on what a post-lockdown world would look like is growing. Balik-Probinsya need not be our dystopian contribution.'

[PODCAST] Bakit maraming insidente ng pang-aabuso sa ilalim ng lockdown?

May 08, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Bakit malaki ang papel ng pulis at militar laban sa coronavirus pandemic?

Reconsider train ban on pregnant women, elderly – CHR

May 08, 2020 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) The ban on elderly persons and pregnant women from using the MRT, LRT, and PNR would take effect when enhanced community quarantine is lifted in Metro Manila

Members of Manila Police District led by District Director General Bernabe Balba give flowers to passengers of LRT Central Station in Arroceros, Manila to celebrate the Valentines Day on February 14, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

New U.S. school sexual assault rules enforce rights of accused

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 AM

The new regulations lay out a method for cross-examining the accuser. This approach has previously been deemed too traumatizing for presumed victims.

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[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: Bisexuals are super misunderstood

May 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We’re putting bisexuals in the spotlight! We talk to LGBT activist Vince Liban, who wants to debunk the many, many myths on being bi.

CHR: 'Political whims' should not dictate fate of ABS-CBN or any media

May 05, 2020 - 11:53 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the closure order sends a chilling effect on media and freedom of expression in the Philippines

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

[OPINION] Women are in the forefront of another battle

May 04, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'If you are a neighbor and you hear something that you gauge to be danger, then you have to call the authorities immediately'

4 drug suspects dead, 9 arrested in Bulacan anti-illegal drugs operations

May 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Authorities say all the alleged shootout happened in the wee hours covered by the curfew imposed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the province

DRUG WAR. Personnel from Scene of Crime Operatives cordon off an area where an alleged shootout between the police and a suspected drug pusher happened. Photo from Bulacan Police Provincial Office

Policing a pandemic: Philippines still stuck with drug war blueprint

May 01, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The human rights abuses reported during the lockdown stem from a culture of impunity that has dominated the country since the violent drug war began in 2016

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

Coronavirus Updates: Don’t let police abuse become normal

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines is among the 15 countries in state of emergency where allegations of police brutality have been ‘deemed most troubling’

CHR urges gov’t to reconsider restriction of elderly going out

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We need a human rights- and evidence-based approach to dealing with this crisis,’ says the Commissioner on Aging and the Rights of Older Persons

Elderly doing an exercise every morning at the park of Baguio for healthy living ... Baguio City temperature drops chills to 9.4°C. photos by nau victa

U.N. warns of police brutality, curtailing of rights under virus lockdown

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:16 PM

'Shooting, detaining, or abusing someone for breaking a curfew because they are desperately searching for food is clearly an unacceptable and unlawful response,' UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says

JAIL IN THE PHILIPPINES. This photo taken on March 27, 2020 shows prison inmates at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. File photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

U.N. tells firms to make worker returns safe as lockdowns ease

Apr 28, 2020 - 9:03 AM

Employers should also provide mental health support for staff, ILO says

WORKERS. On April 6, 2020 migrant workers eat their dinner in the closed JP Iscon mall, which is used as temporary shelter during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Ahmedabad. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

CHR launches online reporting portal for gender-based violence during lockdown

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'If you are, or if you know someone is being abused within your homes or communities, reach out to us,' says the Commission on Human Rights

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

[EDITORIAL] Tigilan ang giyera laban sa mga pasaway, virus ang kaaway

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Ito ang serbisyo publiko na hatid ni Digong at ng pulisya: ang mang-aresto, mambrusko at manakot? We deserve better from this government.

Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:08 AM

'Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,' the statement says

FLAG. Saudi Arabia's national flag flutters in the wind. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Panama's gender-based virus rules rebuked after transgender abuse

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Panamanian authorities decree in early April that men could only leave home to go shopping on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with women allowed to do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

PANAMA. Passengers of the metro are captured by Thermographic or Body Temperature Measurement cameras, which allow to find possibly infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, in Panama City, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

[OPINION] The pandemic's forgotten faces: The plight of Muslims, women, and other minorities

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'Plans and programs to address this pandemic should be evidence-based and sensitive to culture, conflict, and context'

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

CHR reminds police, military: Violence not first option

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'If the use of force and firearms is unavoidable, then authorities must practice restraint,' says the Commission on Human Rights, which will conduct its own probe into the killing of Winston Ragos

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

Using pandemic to erode human rights is 'unacceptable' – U.N. chief

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:59 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says: 'Civic space and press freedom are critical. Civil society organizations and the private sector have essential roles to play. And in all we do, let's never forget: The threat is the virus, not people.'

This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General António Guterres as he makes remarks at the opening meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 63rd session on March 11, 2019, where a moment of silence was observed for those who lost their lives in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 10, 2019. - Flags flew at half-staff at the United Nations on Monday after 21 UN employees were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said marked a "sad day" for the world body. (Photo by Evan SCHNEIDER / UNITED NATIONS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS/EVAN SCHNEIDER/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Preventing child sexploitation during lockdown and beyond

Apr 18, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Last year, the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime received more than 600,000 tips of images and videos of naked, sexualized, and abused Filipino children

U.N. chief calls to protect children from coronavirus consequences

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Lockdown measures and increased global recession are fueling increased tensions within families, and 'children are both victims and witnesses of domestic violence and abuse,' Guterres says

PROTECTION. A boy, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, holds onto an electronic weighing machine at a market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

[OPINION] Where should academics stand in times of injustice?

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'My deepest resentment and indignation is reserved for scholars and self-proclaimed experts who spin and twist academic knowledge to legitimize and validate oppression'

Online sexual exploitation of children may rise during lockdown – NGOs

Apr 15, 2020 - 5:27 PM

With children staying home, and families in an economic bind, child-focused NGOs want the public and the government to be on the lookout

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[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dispatch from El Salvador

Apr 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

El Salvador has one of the highest rates of femicide or female murder in the world

Pandemic no 'blank check' to flout human rights – U.N.

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:42 PM

'Emergency measures may well be needed to respond to this public health emergency. But an emergency situation is not a blank check to disregard human rights obligations,' says UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HUMAN RIGHTS. In this file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during the inauguration of the 'Seminar of Afro-descendant Women of Latin America' in San Jose, Costa Rica, on December 03, 2019. File photo by John Duran/AFP

[OPINION] Police discretion is advised

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'The Philippine National Police force is not a private army'

China rights lawyer released after 5 years in jail

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Wang Quanzhang has been detained since 2015 in a sweeping crackdown on more than 200 lawyers and government critics in China as President Xi Jinping tightened his grip on power

Activists hold a placard (C) of detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang at a rally outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on December 26, 2018, as Wang's trial is set to begin in China. Two rights activists were taken away on December 26 after protesting outside the tightly-guarded courthouse where the trial of Wang, a prominent human rights lawyer, is set to begin, witnesses saw. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Short of blood, U.S. relaxes restrictions on gay donors

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The change also applies to women who have had sex with gay or bisexual men, as well as to people who have received a tattoo or piercing

BLOOD DONATION. Packs of newly collected blood. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Rights groups slam Duterte's 'shoot to kill' order: Prioritize lives, not violence

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte's statement may lead to more abuses as Luzon remains in lockdown in the face of the novel coronavirus outbreak

Protesting for the lack of food and relief support during the enhanced community quarantine, residents of Sitio San Roque, Quezon City were arrested during a protest and are brought to the Quezon City Police Station 10 for medical check-up and inquest proceedings on April 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Syria war records lowest monthly death toll in 9 years

Apr 01, 2020 - 10:56 PM

Of the total deaths, some 51 people were killed in shelling and air strikes by the Syrian regime, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA WAR. Displaced Syrian children walk at a school that was reportedly targeted in a regime forces' air strike in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on March 3, 2020 near the town of Adwan. File photo by Ibrahim Yasouf/AFP

[OPINION] Anticipating the aftermath of the pandemic through a human rights response

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'A society that has been exposed to collective trauma will have to find itself carrying, hopefully, a shared learning of lessons of the past'

U.S. man teaching dog how to drive arrested after high-speed chase

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Emergency services receive multiple calls about a car traveling erratically at more than 160 kilometers per hour

DOGGIE. Grendol, a pitbull mastiff mix, takes the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

U.S. civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies – media

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'Tonight, the great Reverend Joseph E. Lowery transitioned from earth to eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,' the King Center in Atlanta says in a tweet

JOSEPH LOWERY. In this file photo U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Reverend Joseph E. Lowery during a ceremony at the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/AFP

Texas, Ohio suspend abortions, cite coronavirus fight

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Abortion rights activists criticize the moves as an ideological maneuver and said abortions are not procedures that can simply be put on hold

FIGHT. Pro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

No, DILG Usec, privilege of writ of habeas corpus not suspended

Mar 23, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus empowers authorities to arrest and detain anyone without a court order. But we are not under martial law.

HUMAN RIGHTS. DILG Usec Martin Diño tells a radio show human rights disappear in a public health emergency. File photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler