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PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses

Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo, over half million flee in months – U.N.

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:22 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warns that some of the massacres and attacks behind the killings and displacement 'may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes'

CONFLICT. In this photograph taken on March 13, 2020, Moroccan soldiers from the UN mission in DRC (Monusco) ride in a vehicle as they patrol in the violence-torn Djugu territory, Ituri province, eastern DRCongo. File photo by Samir Tounsi/AFP

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as U.N. calls for 'people's vaccine'

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:28 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a new vaccine against the coronavirus has to be available to everyone across the world

'PEOPLE'S VACCINE.' In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

DEFENDING RIGHTS. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.N. report: Documents suggest PH police planted guns in drug war ops

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

United Nations Human Rights Office says 'police repeatedly recovered guns bearing the same serial numbers from different victims in different locations'

Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Widespread killings and abuses 'suggest that [Duterte]'s public comments may have incited violence and may have had the effect of encouraging, backing, or even ordering human rights violations with impunity'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

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

DOCUMENT: U.N. Human Rights report on killings, abuses in PH

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The report by the United Nations says the Duterte goverment's 'heavy-handed' focus on national security threats has led to serious human rights abuses

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

U.N. accuses Asian nations of censorship during pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says arrests 'for expressing discontent or allegedly spreading false information through the press and social media' have been reported in the Philippines and 11 other countries

'Endemic racial discrimination' exposed in U.S. – U.N. rights chief

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:03 PM

'This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored,' says Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:30 AM

From aircraft disinfection to passengers traveling light, here are the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization

AVIATION. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

LOOK: Indonesia invokes Hague ruling in UN note

May 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Read the communication where Indonesia backs the 2016 Hague ruling the Philippines won against China

RULE OF LAW. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 shows Indonesia President Joko Widodo (R) saluting troops during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Handout photo /Presidential Palace/AFP

COP26 climate talks pushed back to November 2021

May 29, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The UN's climate science advisory panel makes it clear that time is not on our side

MESSAGE. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party's fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,' Washington's UN mission says

BLACK FLAG. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, a protester waves a "Black Bauhinia" flag as others set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Air corridors can kickstart post-virus tourism – U.N. agency

May 28, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The World Tourism Organization proposes that tourists be allowed to travel between countries at low risk of coronavirus contagion

GLOOMY. This aerial picture taken on March 19, 2020, shows closed cafes and restaurants in the center of Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo by Vano Shlamov/AFP

U.N. chief deplores lack of ceasefire during virus

May 27, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Conflicts have continued to rage in Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere

CALL FOR CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. says both Koreas broke armistice in DMZ shooting

May 26, 2020 - 5:51 PM

But the United Nations Command's investigation is 'unable to definitively determine' whether the North's gunshots were fired 'intentionally or by mistake'

DMZ. South Korean soldiers patrol along a barbed wire fence Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, on the South Korean island of Ganghwa on April 23, 2020. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Myanmar files 1st Rohingya case report to top U.N. court

May 25, 2020 - 9:32 PM

The contents of Myanmar's report will remain confidential until its judges decide to make it public

Latin America jobless to increase by 11.5 million due to virus – U.N.

May 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Nations also expects Latin America's economy to shrink by an estimated 5.3% in 2020 – the worst fall since 1930

A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2020. - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 276,435 people worldwide since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Saturday. (Photo by Carl DE SOUZA / AFP)

Libya unity gov't seizes airbase in new blow for rival Haftar

May 19, 2020 - 12:45 AM

The reported capture of Al-Watiya comes after a weeks-long siege by pro-Government of National Accord forces of the base, where Khalifa Haftar had stationed aircraft for bombing runs against his rivals

SEIZED. Vehicles are seen outside a hangar at Al-Watiya airbase, which was seized by forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord, southwest of the capital Tripoli, on May 18, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

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

New resolution on pandemic truce presented to U.N. Security Council

May 13, 2020 - 10:33 AM

The German-Estonian text makes no mention of the World Health Organization

WAITING. A displaced Yemeni girl sits next to an armoured military vehicle at a camp in the Khokha district of the western province of Hodeida, on January 21, 2019. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

Russia, China boycott U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria

May 13, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Regrettably, our Western partners, and their allies, insisted on holding this meeting behind closed doors in an informal setting despite the slogans of openness and transparency of the Security Council,' says Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia


AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 – U.N.

May 12, 2020 - 12:37 AM

A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, according to the WHO and UNAIDS

Syrian fighters upping attacks on civilians during pandemic – UN

May 09, 2020 - 12:36 PM

There have been reports of targeted killings and bombings in Syria, many of which take place in populated areas

A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah souk (market) in the old city of Syria's capital Damascus on March 22, 2020, as part of efforts against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)

U.S. prevents UN Council vote on pandemic truce – diplomats

May 09, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The US delegation in the UN Security Council says that their country cannot support the draft resolution calling for a ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS. In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Shortages of virus test materials 'critical' – U.N. lab chief

May 08, 2020 - 10:58 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency has received requests from 119 member states for test equipment to supply more than 200 laboratories. Of them, 18 have already received supplies, including the Philippines.

'CRITICAL' SHORTAGE. Giovanni Cattoli, head of the joint FAO/IAEA Animal Production and Health Laboratory, shows test kits sent to IAEA member countries that enable them to run real time RT-PCR tests to detect whether a person has been infected with COVID-19, at the IAEA's Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, on May 7, 2020. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

U.N. chief says coronavirus sparked 'tsunami of hate and xenophobia'

May 08, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,' Antonio Guterres says

ANTONIO GUTERRES. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters on February 4, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

International tourism to plunge up to 80% due to virus – U.N.

May 07, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged international tourism into its worst crisis since records began in 1950, says the World Tourism Organization

EMPTY. The empty swimming pools of the closed Dan Eilat hotel in the southern Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat on April 17, 2020. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Pandemic taking toll on weather and climate watch – U.N.

May 07, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Surface-based weather observations have also declined, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are run manually

WMO. A view of the building of the World Meteorological Organization on August 8, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. appeals for $4.7 billion dollars more to fight virus pandemic

May 07, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The new call of the United Nations for donations comes as 9 more countries are added to the list of priority countries: Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zimbabwe

APPEAL. File photo of a session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Shutterstock.com

Pandemic leading to illegal drug shortages – U.N. report

May 07, 2020 - 9:56 AM

The UN warns that the pandemic may be presenting some drug smugglers and organized criminals with new opportunities

HEROIN. Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, September 23, 2016, in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. warns of risks for trafficking victims due to pandemic

May 06, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The UN warns traffickers 'may become more active and prey on people who are even more vulnerable than before because they have lost their source of income due to measures to control the virus'

U.S., China block U.N. resolution in spat over WHO handling of pandemic

May 01, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Washington and Beijing remain at loggerheads over how to refer to the World Health Organization in the text. China 'insists on a mention of the World Health Organization' in the text, while the United States does not want it.

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Free content during pandemic threatens cultural industries – U.N.

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:00 PM

While some content creators have themselves opted to make their artistic products available, Francis Gurry, the head of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization, voiced concern that numerous requests are coming in for IP 'exceptions... for the cultural sector to disregard copyright'

STREAMED. Andew Lloyd Webber's renowned musical production will be available on YouTube for 48 hours for free. Photo from The Phantom of the Opera's Twitter account

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

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

Coronavirus world toll nears 200,000; U.N. pushes for global vaccine effort

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

'A world free of COVID-19 requires the most massive public health effort in history,' says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

A picture taken on April 24, 2020, shows Saudi policemen standing guard next to the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. STR / AFP

Don't blame the messenger: U.N. voices alarm at media crackdowns amid pandemic

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:05 AM

'A free media is always essential, but we have never depended on it more than we do during this pandemic,' says UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet

ON MEDIA CRACKDOWNS. In this file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. launches global push to accelerate production of virus vaccine

Apr 24, 2020 - 10:26 PM

'This is a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for COVID-19,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

GLOBAL PUSH. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization and other world leaders about the coronavirus outbreak during a video conference at the Elysee Palace, on April 24, 2020 in Paris. Photo by Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP

Join UNESCO in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2020

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The contest is open to all interested designers from Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste

2 million Filipino children may miss out on vaccinations during pandemic – Unicef

Apr 24, 2020 - 2:38 PM

Unicef says it is investing around P85 million in the next 3 years to support the Department of Health and other partners in increasing immunization coverage in the country

A mother in Maguindanao reads a COVID-19 leaflet as she waits for her child to be vaccinated. ©UNICEF Philippines2020.jpg

Angelina Jolie on pandemic: 'Time for outrage, grand change across the world'

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:49 AM

The UN special envoy also highlights the need to protect children as they face the consequences of the pandemic

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U.N. urges global debt deal to prevent 'disaster' in poorer countries

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:40 AM

The United Nations says around $1 trillion of debt owed by the hardest-hit developing countries should be forgiven

ECONOMIC SLUMP. A woman arranges dried fish at the deserted fish market in Rufisque, Senegal, on April 9, 2020. Photo by Seyllou/AFP

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.'

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Fight climate change like coronavirus – U.N.

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The UN's World Meteorological Organization says it is time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet 'reaching a crescendo' in the past 5 years

Half of world's locked-down pupils lack computer – U.N.

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Roughly 826 million students have no home computer and some 706 million no internet at a time when 'distance learning' is the only option available for most

STUDYING. File photo taken at an evacuation camp at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Legazpi City, Philippines, where a high school student checks out her computer. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

U.S. failed to block U.N. coronavirus vaccine resolution

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The non-binding resolution irks the United States.... [for highlighting] the 'crucial leading role' of the World Health Organization, which President Donald Trump has strongly criticized

VIRUS REPLICATION. A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Trump curbs immigration as U.N. warns of food shortages

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Trump announces a 60-day pause in the issuing of 'green cards' to people seeking permanent residency in the US

FRUITS. A man wearing a protective mask rests in a market in Abidjan, on March 30, 2020. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP