Edel Hernandez, Executive Director of the Medical Action Group (MAG). Photo by MAG

[Statement] Breaking the silence from torture impunity -MAG

Statement from the Medical Action Group, Inc. June 26, 2015 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (IDSVT) Breaking the silence from torture impunity Torture is considered a crime under the international human rights law. It is prohibited everywhere, at all times, and no exceptional circumstances whatsoever can be used to justify it. However,…

[From the web] UN Women’s Committee makes inquiry into sexual and reproductive health rights in the Philippines -OHCHR

UN Women’s Committee makes inquiry into sexual and reproductive health rights in the Philippines The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has issued a summary of an inquiry initiated on the basis of information received in 2008 from three women’s rights NGOs in the Philippines. Filipino mother holds her daughter on a…

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[Solidarity] Thailand: Junta Arrests 14 Student Activists -Sedition Charge Could Mean 7 Years in Prison for Peaceful Rally -HRW

Thailand: Junta Arrests 14 Student Activists –Sedition Charge Could Mean 7 Years in Prison for Peaceful Rally (New York, June 27, 2015) – Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and release unconditionally 14 student activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 26, 2015 in Bangkok, police…

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[From the web] New technologies –if used right– are vital tools in the fight against human rights violations -OHCHR

New technologies –if used right– are vital tools in the fight against human rights violations GENEVA (19 June 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Christof Heyns, has called on the UN system and other international human rights bodies to “catch up” with rapidly developing innovations in human rights fact-finding and investigations.…

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[Event] Basta Run Against Torture (BRAT IX) -UATC

On June 27, join Amnesty International Philippines in Basta Run Against Torture (BRAT)! bit.ly/aiph_events The United Nations International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture (IDSVT) is commemorated around the world on the 26th of June every year. This year, Amnesty International, will focus on combating impunity and ensuring accountability of perpetrators and duty…

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[Urgent Appeal] Continuing harassment of farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Sumalo, Hermosa, Bataan -TFDP

URGENT APPEAL June 19, 2015 (PHILIPPINES) Continuing harassment of members of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Barangay Sumalo (SANAMABASU), farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Sumalo, Hermosa, Bataan ISSUES: Right not to be deprived of means of subsistence; Access to Justice; Right to Peace and Order Dear friends, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to…

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[People] The folly of our ‘freedom’ by Fr. Shay Cullen

The folly of our ‘freedom’ Fr. Shay Cullen June 13, 2015 Freedom can mean many things. On Independence Day, what is remembered and celebrated is freedom from colonial rule, from occupation by another nation. Some politicians and nationalists celebrate it as the “granting of Independence,” as if it was a gift that was bestowed by…

[Call for endorsement] Asia Pacific Civil Society’s Demands for the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Unity Statement Asia Pacific Civil Society’s Demands for the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights This statement originates from the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights, May 1-3, 2015 Chiang Mai, Thailand, co-convened by the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural…

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[Statement] Aksyon Klima Pilipinas on Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Humanity as Stewards of the Earth

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas statement on Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Humanity as Stewards of the Earth 17 June 2015 Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AK), a dynamic network of 43 civil society organizations working on various climate change and development issues, embraces the much-anticipated encyclical of Pope Francis on climate change. As Pope Francis pointed out during the 20th…

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[Urgent Appeal] Continuing harassment of members of Bugho Farmers Association (BFA), farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Matica, Ormoc, Leyte

URGENT APPEAL June 18, 2015 (PHILIPPINES) Continuing harassment of members of Bugho Farmers Association (BFA), farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Matica, Ormoc, Leyte ISSUES: Right not to be deprived of means of subsistence; Access to Justice; Right to Peace and Order URGENT APPEAL   URGENT APPEAL   URGENT APPEAL Dear friends, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)…

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[Press Release] Green groups sue DENR and mining bureau -ATM

Green groups sue DENR and mining bureau An environmental group from the town of Sta. Cruz in Zambales recently filed a case against DENR officials, demanding the resumption of suspension orders against mining companies operating in the area. Local people’s organization Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz Zambales (CCOS) is awaiting the decision of the Court…

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[Statement] DEPED should break its silence on the PEI -TDC

DEPED should break its silence on the PEI To once and for all, erase all the doubts and worries of Public school teachers on the bonus called PEI or productivity enhancement incentive, we again urge the Department of Education (DepEd) to issue an official statement on the status of this incentive and assure the teachers…