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[Urgent Action] Two Civilian Agta Women Arrested Arbitrarily and Psychologically Tortured by Police and Soldiers- TFDP

Urgent Action December 18, 2014 (PHILIPPINES) Two Civilian Agta Women Arrested Arbitrarily and Psychologically Tortured by Police and Soldiers Dear friends, The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the arrest and detention and psychological torture of Marites Dela Cruz Marquez and Rosario Marquez Loreto, both from General…

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[Press Release] DFA request for Pemberton custody is pabalat-bunga, lacks weight of a sovereign state – Partido Manggagawa

DFA request for Pemberton custody is pabalat-bunga, lacks weight of a sovereign state – Partido Manggagawa The Partido Manggagawa (PM) viewed the effort of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to request custody of Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, prime suspect in the killing of transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, as insincere or “pabalat-bunga” since…

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[Statement] PhilRights Statement During the Public Hearing on the Re-imposition of the Death Penalty in the Philippines

PhilRights Statement During the Public Hearing on the Re-imposition of the Death Penalty in the Philippines The Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) stands witho ther defenders of human rights and advocates of human dignity in opposing the re-imposition of the death penalty in the Philippines for the following reasons: 1.     On June 24, 2006,the…

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[Press Release] “Iwas PapuToxic” Campaign Urges Kids to Desist Using Firecrackers to Avoid Injuries, Pollution -EcoWaste Coalition

“Iwas PapuToxic” Campaign Urges Kids to Desist Using Firecrackers to Avoid Injuries, Pollution Environmental groups and health advocates led by the EcoWaste Coalition, together with about 2,000 students from Fernando Ma. Guerrero Elementary School in Paco, Manila, today jumpstarted the annual campaign against the use of firecrackers by staging an on-campus noise barrage simulating a…

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[Press Release] Children from shanty towns present Noynoy their Christmas wishes – SM-Zoto/KPML

Children from shanty towns present Noynoy their Christmas wishes AS THE Simbang Gabi heralds the commencement of the yuletide season for many Filipinos and with just eight days before Christmas Day, indigent children accompanied by their parents from the Metro’s urban poor communities belonging to anti-poverty groups Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO) and…

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[Statement] Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone 15 December 2014 On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned regional and international organizations, firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.…

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[People] Why Asia’s human rights defenders remain defenseless by Renato Mabunga

Why Asia’s human rights defenders remain defenseless by Renato Mabunga Human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Manila last week to consolidate “protection platforms” for human rights workers. The meeting highlighted various protection initiatives on the ground and the challenges for their implementation. The event tracked various organizational protection systems and mechanisms as…

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[Statement] Climate justice group slams PH support for unjust climate deal -PMCJ

Climate justice group slams PH support for unjust climate deal The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), a broad coalition of 109 grassroots networks and organizations, denounced developed-country governments for pushing for an unjust climate change deal at the UN climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru while at the same time slamming the Philippine government’s…

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[Statement] 6th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum Manila Declaration II

6th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum Manila Declaration II (Adopted in Manila, the Philippines, on 5 December 2014) We, more than 150 human rights defenders (HRDs) and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from 22 countries across Asia, together with other regional and international partners, participating in the 6th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum…