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[Off-the-shelf] Focus Policy Review: Understanding Land Grabbing, Land Rights in the 21st Century by focusweb.org

Focus Policy Review: Understanding Land Grabbing, Land Rights in the 21st Century 28 August 2015 Issues or problems associated with land have become more multi-layered in the 21st century.  In particular in the Philippine setting, a number of “pro-poor” land laws were enacted after the Marcos dictatorship. These laws were products of social movements’ struggles…

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[From the web] Philippine Military Owes UN’s Beyani More than an Apology By Carlos H. Conde

Dispatches: Philippine Military Owes UN’s Beyani More than an Apology By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW Chaloka Beyani, the United Nations special expert on internally displaced people, had harsh words for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Beyani, who was investigating the plight of hundreds of internally displaced members of the Lumad…

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[From the web] On the third month of Kentex factory fire DOLE challenged to hold officials accountable, scrap join assessment -CTUHR

On the third month of Kentex factory fire DOLE challenged to hold officials accountable, scrap join assessment On the 3rd month of the Kentex factory fire, the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights challenged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to release the result of its investigation, hold its officials accountable  for the…

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[From the web] Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity -HRW

Philippines: Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity (Manila, August 12, 2015) – The Philippine House of Representatives should fast-track its investigations of alleged human rights abuses by state security forces, Human Rights Watch said today. Congress is only now acting on the 22 resolutions that legislators have filed…

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[Press Release] General Iriberri Should Reform Discredited Rights Office; Hold All Violators to Account -HRW

Philippines: New Military Chief Should Ensure Rights Reforms General Iriberri Should Reform Discredited Rights Office; Hold All Violators to Account (Manila, August 5, 2015) – The Philippine military should take all necessary and appropriate action to prevent abuses by its personnel and to ensure accountability for human rights violators, Human Rights Watch said today in…

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[Press Release] Advocates for Climate Justice Strongly Decry Aquino Administration’s reaction to UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Yolanda IDPs -PMCJ

Advocates for Climate Justice Strongly Decry Aquino Administration’s reaction to UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Yolanda IDPs The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), comprised of 103 member organizations from different sectors across the nation, welcomes the July 31 statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, but…

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[Statement] Five years of Aquino’s straight path led Filipino workers into poverty, deaths, rights violations -CTUHR

STATEMENT 25 July 2015 Five years of Aquino’s straight path led Filipino workers into poverty, deaths, rights violations Five years of Benigno Aquino III’s “daang matuwid” led Filipinos into a road where beggars and cadavers are scattered due to policies that kept more Filipinos mired in poverty at the same intensifying attacks on trade union…

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[Press Release] Environmental advocates hold pre-SONA

Environmental advocates holds pre-SONA Green March and Festival Call for the immediate passage of the ‘green bills’ in PNoy’s last SONA “It’s not hard to be green! Pass the ‘green’ bills NOW!” Two days before President Noynoy Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), over 700 environmental activists marched around the Quezon Memorial Circle,…

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[Statement] ECCs for coal, blood on AQUINO’s hands -PMCJ

ECCs for coal, blood on AQUINO’s hands, groups say Call for ECC Moratorium, Environmental and Social Audits Pushed Just recently, the threat to humans lives of coal mining and coal power plants has proved its imminence. Another 10 workers have died due to the collapse of an open-pit coal mining of DMCI Holdings in Panian,…

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[Press Release] Aquino Should Deliver on Rights Promises Final State of Nation Address Should Emphasize Reform -HRW

Philippines: Aquino Should Deliver on Rights Promises Final State of Nation Address Should Emphasize Reform (Manila, July 22, 2015) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III should commit his administration to meaningful human rights reforms in his final State of the Nation Address on July 27, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Aquino’s address may be…

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[Announcement] Calling all chefs & nature-loving cooks! -Haribon Foundation

Calling all chefs & nature-loving cooks! http://haribon.org.ph/index.php/news-and-media/396-calling-all-chefs-nature-lovers Are you a chef, a self-confessed foodie, student organization, restaurant owner, or start-up food vendor? This is your chance to sell your vegetarian dish at the Forest Food Fair on July 25! Get a chance to win a prize The general public will get the chance to vote…