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[Press Release] Thailand and Gabon first States to ratify new UN treaty giving children access to justice at the international level -Ratify OP3CRC

Thailand and Gabon first States to ratify new UN treaty giving children access to justice at the international level. Geneva/Manila, 26 September 2012 – Thailand and Gabon are the first countries to ratify the new international treaty on children’s rights, which allows children and their representatives to report rights violations to the UN Committee on…

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[Resources] Torture and ill-treatment in the Philippines–Implementation of the Anti-Torture Act

Torture and ill-treatment in the Philippines–Implementation of the Anti-Torture Act  The Alternative Report jointly prepared and submitted by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the Medical Action Group (MAG) and the Balay Rehabilitation Center to the UN Human Rights Committee, 106th Session (October 15-Novemner 2, 2012) for the Philippines Fourth Periodic Report on…

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[Petition] Junk the Cybercrime Prevention Law! -Kabataan PartyList

Junk the Cybercrime Prevention Law! by Kabataan PartyList The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 poses serious threats to Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including the freedom of speech, expression, and the press. Greetings, We, the youth, journalists, activists, bloggers, and netizens of the Philippines express our outright condemnation to…

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[In the news] After campaign vs ‘epal’, group trains gun on ‘bopal’ -PhilStar.com

After campaign vs ‘epal’, group trains gun on ‘bopal’ By Jovan Cerda, PhilStar.com September 28, 2012 MANILA, Philippines – A national political party representing the marginalized sector held on Friday a rally against “epal” politicians and “bopal” groups, urging the Commission on Elections to fulfill its mandate of ensuring genuine, clean and honest polls. Partido…

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[Press Release] New ‘Cybercrime’ Law Will Harm Free Speech -Human Rights Watch

Philippines: New ‘Cybercrime’ Law Will Harm Free Speech Supreme Court to Rule on Act That Worsens Criminal Defamation (New York, September 28, 2012) – A new Philippine “cybercrime” law drastically increases punishments for criminal libel and gives authorities excessive and unchecked powers to shut down websites and monitor online information, Human Rights Watch said today.…

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[Statement] Remembering the Saffron Revolution, Solidarity Activists vow to continue support in pushing for genuine reforms and democratization in Burma -FBC-Phils.

Remembering the Saffron Revolution, Solidarity Activists vow to continue support in pushing for genuine reforms and democratization in Burma On the 5th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, the Free Burma Coalition- Philippines (FBC-P) reiterates its solidarity with the Burmese peoples’ continuing struggle for genuine democracy, freedom and justice. FBC-P believes that the current changes taking…

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[Urgent Appeal] A human rights defender was denied due process and charged in court, notwithstanding procedural and substantive lapses in the investigation -TFDP

THE CASE OF MR. TEMOGEN “COCOY” TULAWIE, A COURAGEOUS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER FROM JOLO, SULU Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), writes to inform you about the updated information regarding the case of Mr. Temogen Sahipa Tulawie, a human rights defender belonging to a Tausug tribe from Jolo, Sulu. On September 19-21,2012 was the…

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[From the web] Cybercrime law: Demonizing technology

Cybercrime law: Demonizing technology. BY SEN. TEOFISTO ‘TG’ GUINGONA III September 26, 2012 I own a Facebook page where people are welcome to make comments, positive or negative. I also own a public Twitter account where my views are published for everyone to see. If any of my own thoughts or the thoughts expressed by…

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[In the news] DSWD shelter program up for Iloilo City informal settlers | Sun.Star

DSWD shelter program up for Iloilo City informal settlers | Sun.Star. September 25, 2012 THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Western Visayas is prioritizing 378 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) as awardees of the P100-million shelter program. DSWD Regional Director Minda Brigoli said a multipartite memorandum of agreement…