[In the news] PHL assumes UN rights council membership – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

PHL assumes UN rights council membership – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News. The Philippines formally assumed last week its membership in the prestigious United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. Philippine Permanent Representative Ambassador Evan Garcia said it was an honor for the Philippines to…

[In the news] Malaysia arrests 96 persons, including Pinoy, ahead of July 9 rally for electoral reform – Interaksyon.com

Malaysia arrests 96 persons, including Pinoy, ahead of July 9 rally for electoral reform – Interaksyon.com. Agence France-Presse KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police detained 14 more people and raided the offices of organizers canvassing support ahead of a July 9 mass rally for electoral reform, embattled activists said Wednesday, bringing the number of people held…

[In the news] Human rights group blasts PNoy’s ‘weak’ policy – www.thepoc.net

http://www.thepoc.net/breaking-news/local/12651-human-rights-group-blasts-pnoys-weak-policy.html Nheslaine Eval Human rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has released a statement on the occasion of President Noynoy Aquino‘s first anniversary in office, criticizing the president’s human rights policy as “weak.” “P-Noy’s lack of an explicit policy on human rights, against torture and human rights violations, in particular, may be…

[People] Capital Is a Fickle Lover by Walden Bello

by Walden Bello* Reposted with author’s permission. Source: Common Dreams, June 14, 2011 “China is today the ideal capitalist state: freedom for capital, with the state doing the ‘dirty job’ of controlling the workers,” writes the prominent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. “China as the emerging power of the twenty first century …seems to embody a…

[Event] Caravan for decent jobs and humane working condition – Church-Labor Conference

CARAVAN FOR DECENT JOBS AND HUMANE WORKING CONDITION Manila-Olongapo-Subic The Church-Labor Conference, an alliance of labor organizations and Church groups, is inviting you to be in solidarity with the workers who bear the brunt of labor flexibilization (contractualization); maltreatment; unsafe working condition, especially the 21,000 workers in Hanjin shipyard in Subic. Please join the caravan.…

[Urgent Appeal] PHILIPPINES: Police arbitrarily detained protesting farmers and filed legally incoherent charges against them- AHRC

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-034-2011 28 June 2011 [Re: AHRC-UAC-071-2010: PHILIPPINES: Police arbitrarily detained protesting farmers and filed legally incoherent charges against them] Dear friends, Despite of our appeal, the Office of the Ombudsman also exonerated the policemen, who were responsible in filing a charge for “serious resistance…

[Press Release] Labor groups ask Korean government to take action on Hanjin’s labor rights violations in PH – Partido ng Manggagawa

Labor groups belonging to an anti-contractualization group Koalisyon Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (Kontra), trooped to the Korean embassy in Makati City this morning to ask the Korean government to take immediate action on the growing number of employees’ deaths and accidents at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, a South Korean owned shipyard located northwest of Manila.…

[Press Release] Regional cooperation to solve tension in Spratly islands – PLM

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), a newly formed grassroots political party, calls for a negotiated political settlement of the Spratly islands’ disputes among contesting nations, such as the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. “We opposed to strong-arm tactics, bullying, warships deployment that may escalate political tensions in the disputed Spratly Islands,” PLM said.…

[In the news] Must use coal, for now: President Benigno Aquino III | Sun.Star

Must use coal, for now: President Benigno Aquino III | Sun.Star. CEBU CITY – President Benigno Aquino III commended a Philippine-Korean joint venture for “considering the environment” in building its 200-megawatt coal-fired power plants, which he inaugurated on Monday. A week after launching the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), the president told reporters his administration…