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[From the web] Trauma of torture victims should not be overlooked amid migration challenges, UN experts remind States -OHCHR

Trauma of torture victims should not be overlooked amid migration challenges, UN experts remind States Call comes for UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June GENEVA (24 JUNE 2015) – Amid the upsurge in migration around the world, it is vital that States ensure that people fleeing torture are immediately…

[From the web] Despite Gains, Challenges Remains According to the 2014 US Human Rights Report on the Philippines

U.S. Embassy Manila Press Statement: Despite Gains, Challenges Remains According to the 2014 United States Human Rights Report on the Philippines On Tuesday, June 25, 2015 United States Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as “the Human Rights Report.” The Secretary is required each year…

[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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[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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[From the web] UN experts voice concern over adverse impact of free trade and investment agreements on human rights -OHCHR

UN experts voice concern over adverse impact of free trade and investment agreements on human rights GENEVA 2 June 2015 – A number of free trade and investment agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are currently being negotiated. A group of UN experts* have issued the…

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[From the web] Child protection advocacy, an eye-opener for teachers -CLRD

CHILD PROTECTION ADVOCACY, AN EYE-OPENER FOR TEACHERS. Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc. (CLRDC) organized a whole day seminar that aims to broaden the knowledge of the teachers from Barangay 176 Bagong Silang, Caloocan City on Child Protection Laws and Policies.  The seminar entitled: “Basic Paralegal Orientation on Child Protection Policies for Teachers of…

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[From the web] ASIA: “We need a new frontier in the human rights field. This frontier is the frontier of institutional reform.” by Basil Fernando/AHRC

ASIA: “We need a new frontier in the human rights field. This frontier is the frontier of institutional reform.” by Basil Fernando This is a speech delivered by Basil Fernando at The Fifth Human Rights Cities Forum- As the Keynote address for the Special Session on Asian Human Rights – Human Rights in Asia and…

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[From the web] ACSC/ APF2015: ASEAN governments urged to abolish death penalty -humanrightsinasean.info

ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum 2015: ASEAN governments urged to abolish death penalty Civil society organisations from ASEAN countries are urging the grouping’s governments to impose an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view of completely abolishing the greatest violation of the right to life – state-sanctioned killing.…

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[From the web] CHRP’s answer to the PAHRA’s LTE “Stop corruption, human rights violations inside CHRP” published in PDI

Below was the letter to the Editor of Mr. Max De Mesa of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), published last March 27, 2015 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the scanned copy of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) answer. Read on… Stop corruption, human rights violations inside CHRP. Calling all…

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[From the web] Military operations are “the main driving factor of displacement” in Maguindanao By Carlos H. Conde

Dispatches: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines Military operations are “the main driving factor of displacement” in Maguindanao By Carlos H. Conde Here’s a snapshot of the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced people in the Philippine province of Maguindanao after an anti-insurgent military operation: women, children, and the elderly endure the heat in…

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[From the web] Workers Resistance, Gains, and Prospects for 2015 -CTUHR

Workers Resistance, Gains, and Prospects for 2015 (Last part of a three-part series CTUHR Yearend Report for 2014) Underneath the seemingly ‘stable industrial relations’ silenced by hosts of legal offensives  and workers’ rights violations is a resurgence of dynamic workers resistance  to reclaim their rights and score gains. The formation of All Workers Unity (AWU) …

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[From the web] EU-supported project to protect thousands of Lumads in Mindanao -RMP

EU-supported project to protect thousands of Lumads in Mindanao The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) will launch on March 10, 2015 the “Healing the Hurt Project” to promote the Mindanao indigenous communities’ social, economic and political rights. The activity will be held at the grounds of the RGS-abandoned hospital in the center…