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HRW tells UN it is ‘not too late’ to investigate PHL...

NEW YORK-BASED Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the United Nations (UN) to conduct an investigation on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, saying the members states of the international organization have “stoody by” despite the killings and other violations in the Philippines.

Human rights experts push for UN probe on Philippine violations

HUMAN RIGHTS experts on Friday called on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to launch an independent investigation on the alleged violations in the Philippines, which they said has been worsening with the government showing no signs of intent to address the situation.

US State Dep’t flags EJKs in human rights report

EXTRAJUDICIAL killings (EJKs) remain the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines, the US State Department said in its 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

PHL to present commitments to UN WGEID

A PHILIPPINE delegation headed by Presidential Human Rights Committee Undersecretary Severo S. Catura will present before the United Nations Work Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UN WGEID) this week the country’s commitments and obligations in the cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances that occurred between 1975 to 2012.

CHR to boost inquiry on human rights violations in drug war,...

THE COMMISSION on Human Rights (CHR) aims to strengthen its investigation on human rights violation cases in relation to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s nationwide war on drugs in 2019.

Why should human rights advocates be building on the Blockchain?

Applying blockchain tech to upholding human rights.

House resolution extending funds for victims of human rights abuse OK’d...

THE HOUSE OF Representatives has approved on third and final reading a joint resolution extending until December 2019 reparation funds to victims of Ferdinand E. Marcos’s martial-law regime.

House extends validity of reparation funds for Martial law victims

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the joint resolution, extending the validity of reparation funds for martial law victims...

SC denies De Lima’s request to attend oral arguments on ICC

The High Court dismissed detained Senator Leila M. De Lima's motion for reconsideration regarding her petition to personally appear in the oral arguments of...

Lacson on arrest of Makati bar lawyers: Get the cops’ side...

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson on Tuesday, Aug. 21, asked the public not to be quick in condemning cops for the arrest of the three...

IBP: Arrest of Makati bar lawyers violates constitutional rights

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines said the arrests of three lawyers in a Makati bar raid "erodes the Constitution's guarantee of due right...

Robredo condemns arrest of lawyers in Makati bar raid

By Charmaine A. Tadalan Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo flagged the detention of three lawyers for monitoring police in a Makati bar drug raid...

Palace mulls issuing EO to extend processing of claims of martial...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Monday, Aug. 6, said an executive order (EO) may be needed to extend...

HRW compares crackdown on ‘tambays’ to martial law

New York City-based human advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to end its "anti-loitering" crackdown, saying...

ConCom: CHR to become independent body in proposed federal government

The Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, voting 16-1-1, ruled en banc to elevate the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as...

Duterte apologizes to Suu Kyi for “genocide” remark

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday apologized to Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for describing the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar as a...

Duterte to order ICC prosecutor’s arrest if she sets foot in...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Friday that he will order the arrest of Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), if...

SC en banc orders government to submit records of operations related...

The Supreme Court (SC), sitting en banc, on Tuesday, April 3, gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) 15 days to submit to...

Philippines makes withdrawal from ICC official, submits notice to UN

The countdown for the one-year withdrawal period of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) started Friday, March 16, as the country formally...

Philippines warns other countries will follow after ICC exit

The International Criminal Court (ICC) may sink into oblivion, and prosecutor Fatou Bom Bensouda is to blame, said Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque,...

Cayetano: UN High Commissioner Zeid ‘being used’ to destabilize gov’t

The Philippines’ top diplomat on Friday said United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is being used to destabilize...

Philippines seeks ‘terrorist’ tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas

A U.N. special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants...

UN human rights chief says Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation

GENEVA — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's slurs against U.N. human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, U.N. High Commissioner for Human...

Duterte tells police: Do not talk to UN rapporteur

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte has instructed the police to ignore any special rapporteur tasked by the United Nations (UN) to investigate...

Amnesty International flags Philippines’ human rights situation in report

The state of human rights in the Philippines was marked by "increased lawlessness and violence" due mainly to the government's war on drugs, according...

No need for international court probe since Duterte’s been cleared already,...

THERE is no need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Rodrigo R. Duterte because even the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur...

International court to tackle complaint against Duterte

By Arjay L. Balinbin MALACAÑANG ANNOUNCED on Thursday, Feb. 8, that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to begin its “preliminary examination” into a...

Lawyers say police report on ‘arrest’ of NDFP consultant ‘fake news’

HUMAN rights lawyers laughed off as a “false and cheap propaganda stunt” a police claim on Friday, Feb. 2, that they had captured another...

Endorse UN inquiry into drug war, HRW urges gov’t

THE PHILIPPINE government should “urgently support” a United Nations (UN)-led investigation into the killings in its war on drugs, New York-based advocacy group Human...

Ex-human rights chair files petition seeking to nullify martial law extension

ANOTHER petition seeking to nullify the one-year extension of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao was lodged before...

UN experts: Abuses in Mindanao could intensify

GENEVA -- A Muslim indigenous community on the Philippine island of Mindanao has suffered widespread human rights abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo...

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon over EJK definition

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Harry L. Roque, Jr on Monday, Dec. 11, slammed detained Senator Leila de Lima and Commission on Human Rights Chairman Jose Luis...

The ABCs of human rights

FROM “activism” to “zero,” the ongoing exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines called The Weight of Words: An Alphabet of Human Rights...

Terrorists, gov’t forces committed abuses during Marawi conflict, Amnesty International report...

By Rosemarie A. Zamora BOTH terrorists and Philippine government forces have been found to commit commit human rights abuses during the five-month long crisis in...

Duterte lashes out at Canada’s Trudeau as Trump ties warm

President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European officials over their criticism of alleged human rights abuses under...

Human rights spice up talks on cooperation

THE PHILIPPINES capped its series of bilateral talks on Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit...

Duterte puts security risks front and center

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, representing the chair this year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), yesterday set the stage for the bloc’s...

Duterte, Trump omit human rights in bilateral talks, affirm trade ties

THE ISSUE of human rights and alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines was not discussed during a meeting on Monday between US President Donald...

Water cannon repels anti-Trump protesters

RIOT POLICE used water cannon and sonic alarms to repel hundreds of protesters shouting anti-Donald Trump slogans on the sidelines of a major summit...

Duterte confident Trump won’t take up human rights

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, Nov. 12, expressed confidence that United States President Donald J. Trump won’t raise the issue of human rights...

Duterte proposes to lead summit to tackle human rights violations worldwide

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Nov. 9, said he wants the Philippines to host a world summit on human rights to tackle issues...

Drugs board chief Santiago resigns

THE HEAD of the Philippines’ narcotics control body has resigned after just five months in the job, the second successive official to vacate the...

Shift in drug war shows ‘disquiet’ in government campaign — HRW

ADVOCACY GROUP Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 31, said there is an “increasing disquiet among Philippine officials with (President...

Duterte rants anew at EU, UN, US, CIA, others

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Oct. 12, slammed anew the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) in response to criticisms, not by...

International socialist, progressive groups call for end to EJKs

AN INTERNATIONAL delegation of representatives from socialist and progressive groups have joined the call for a probe on the Duterte government’s war on illegal...