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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

Stocks to Watch: Fruitas, ripe to pick?

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Fruitas lists on the main board of the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, November 29. Get to know its brands, financials, and future plans here.

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

UK government, military covered up war crimes – report

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Military detectives who unearthed evidence of the alleged war crimes says that seniors commanders hid them 'for political reasons'

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Gov't treating Marawi residents ‘like we don't matter’ – civic group

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:31 PM

'We feel that we, the youth, are only being used for photo opportunities,' says a member of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch, citing a mismatch in government action and what residents need

Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch

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

Where to watch NBA 2019-2020 games for free

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Filipino fans can now catch blockbuster NBA games online for free

LA STARS. Kawhi Leonard LeBron James will feature in the Battle for Los Angeles between the Clippers and the Lakers. File photos by Harry How/AFP (Leonard) and Patrick Smith/AFP (James)

Stocks to Watch: Axelum in a nutshell

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Going nuts over Axelum's listing on the main board of the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday, October 7? Get to know the coconut products manufacturer here.


Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Civil Service Commission 'seem to be acting slowly' on the anti-crime group's fight against corruption

Citizens Crime Watch president Diego Magpantay Jr shows a copy of the complaints he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of CCW

Group files graft, usurpation of authority complaints vs BCDA exec

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Citizens Crime Watch files a complaint before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

Apple Watch Series 3 price down to P11,990

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Series 3's price goes down from P17,990

Photo from Apple


Stocks to Watch: ABS-CBN, GMA earnings

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Are you a Kapamilya or a Kapuso? We look into their financials to check which company has earned and grown more over the years.


Stocks to Watch: China's war vs POGOs hits properties

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Properties hit the jackpot when online gambling flourished in Metro Manila. Just how colossal will the impact be if POGOs suddenly go away?


Stocks to Watch: Oh, ghost! Should investors be scared?

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Oh, ghost! August. Get it? It's that month where superstitious investors hide.


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

Stocks to Watch: Jollibee in charts

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:30 AM

It's not just Chickenjoy: Jollibee is also selling cakes, burgers, pho, and now, more coffee. Can it brew Coffee Bean back to profit?

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

Stocks to Watch: Waiting game for infrastructure

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The infrastructure boom is not quite here yet, and that may be good for patient investors

Stocks to Watch: 3 property stocks to consider buying

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Buy, sell, or hold? Rappler's very first weekly stock outlook looks at 3 property companies, as the sector appears set for greater heights.

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

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app disabled due to vulnerability

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:29 PM

The vulnerability lets other people listen to another person's iPhone without consent

APPLE WATCH SERIES 4. Screenshot from livestream.


Situation 'incredibly tense' in Sea-Watch standoff

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:29 PM

'It's very difficult for them all (the migrants) psychologically,' says 31-year old Carola Rackete, who has become a symbol of defiance and a left-wing hero in Italy for challenging Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's 'closed-ports' policy

MEDICAL RESCUE. This handout photo taken on June 27, 2019 and released on June 28, 2019 by NGO Sea Watch shows rescuers evacuating a young migrant lying on a stretcher for medical reason from the Sea Watch 3 rescue ship off the coast of Lampedusa. Handout photo by Sea Watch/AFP

Kids can watch movies for free at SM Cinemas

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Until December 2019, kids 4 feet or below can watch certain movies at SM Cinemas nationwide for free!

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

Migrants in limbo off Italy as world marks Refugee Day

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 remains stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

MIGRATION. An alleged work by British street artist Banksy depicting a migrant child wearing a lifejacket holding a pink flare, is painted on the outer wall of a house overlooking the canal Rio de Ca Foscari, in Venice, on May 21, 2019. Photo by Marco Sabadin/AFP

All the top announcements at WWDC 2019: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The new version of iOS, and macOS arrive along with the very first version of iPadOS

All screenshots from Apple livestream


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

The Night King is the surprise hero in the 'Game of Thrones' documentary

May 27, 2019 - 3:50 PM

'I can be any king, you know'

Photo courtesy of HBO

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke's reaction to that Iron Throne scene will break your hearts too

May 27, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Yup, we mean * that * scene. [SPOILERS FOLLOW]

TABLE-READ. Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones.' Photo courtesy of HBO

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How to legally watch the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ in the Philippines

Apr 15, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Step away from the torrent machine


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

'Game of Thrones: The Last Watch' takes you behind the show's final season

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:09 PM

A feature documentary is coming

SEASON 8 IS HERE. The final 'Game of Thrones' season premieres April 14. Screenshot courtesy of HBO

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

Facebook Watch to host video recaps of all NBA games

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The NBA has 400 million followers on Facebook across all league, team, and player accounts


Facebook orders Stephen Curry documentary series exclusive to Facebook Watch

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Facebook is attempting to win back the younger demographic with original video content

Stephen Curry photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP


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

LIST: Series we can’t wait to binge-watch in 2019

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Couch potatoes, it's looking like an exciting year ahead for TV!

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

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:09 PM

'There is no country willing so far to offer the people safe port,' Sea Watch says

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