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[From the web] Philippine Officials Shrug at Surge in Drug Killings Police Admit Dozens Killed Since New President Took Office- HRW

Dispatches: Philippine Officials Shrug at Surge in Drug Killings Police Admit Dozens Killed Since New President Took Office By Phelim Kine, Asia Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, provides cold comfort for Filipinos aghast at the surge in police killings of suspected drug dealers and drug users…

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[Statement] ATM Statement on recent DENR positions on mining

ATM Statement on recent DENR positions on mining July 13, 2016 ATM welcomes the pronouncements of DENR Sec. Gina Lopez on mining issues.  Particularly, we support the moves to immediately conduct an audit of all mining project, a moratorium on mining applications, and her personal position against open-pit mining.  Our alliance also believes that Sec.…

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[Press Release] TFDP to President Duterte: Marcos’ hero’s burial an insult to Fr. Rudy Romano, enforced disappearance victim during Martial Law

TFDP to President Duterte: Marcos’ hero’s burial an insult to Fr. Rudy Romano, enforced disappearance victim during Martial Law   One of the thousand reasons why Ferdinand Marcos should not be given a hero’s burial is the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano thirty-one years ago, according to the human rights group Task Force Detainees of…

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[Statement] Gloria Capitan: Killed for defending people’s right to a healthy environment -Kilusan

Gloria Capitan: Killed for defending people’s right to a healthy environment Gloria Capitan rose to become a community leader starting from her genuine concern for the health and future of her grandchildren and all the children residing in Barangay Lucanin, Marivelez, Bataan.  Gloria became an environment activist with social and political consciousness. She actively defended,…

Kakay Tolentino (left) delivering the groups’ oral statement with Judy Pasimio (middle) during the CEDAW committee dialogue with the CSOs / Geneva.  Photo by: WLB

[Press Release] Mining affects indigenous women human rights, Phil women’s groups said at 64thCEDAW session

Mining affects indigenous women human rights, Phil women’s groups said at 64thCEDAW session Geneva, Switzerland – Mining projects which encroached upon IP territories without our genuine consent causing a web of women human rights violations has been one of the statements issued by indigenous women and women’s rights advocates from the Philippines in the Convention…

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[Statement] Human rights group condemns the killing of woman human rights defender, appeals to Duterte for justice -MAG

Human rights group condemns the killing of woman human rights defender, appeals to Duterte for justice The Medical Action Group (MAG), health and human rights group, appeals to the government to take immediate and concrete actions to investigate the killing of human rights defender in Mariveles, Bataan. A day after President Rody Duterte sworn into…

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[Press Release] TDC welcomes “Ka Liling” to DEPED

Teachers welcome “Ka Liling” to DEPED The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) today welcomes Dr. Leonor Magtolis-Briones to the Departnement of Education as she start her first day as secretary of the country’s biggest bureaucracy. Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson said “it is our great pleasure to welcome Ka Liling to the DepEd family. We…

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[Statement] Women’s groups celebrate the CHR resolution that incoming President Rodrigo Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women

Women’s groups celebrate the CHR resolution that incoming President Rodrigo Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women We, women, celebrate the resolution of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that incoming President Rodrigo Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women when he made debasing remarks on rape and abuse of a domestic worker, kissed female…

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[Press Release] Stop mining, communities urge Duterte admin – ATM

Stop mining, communities urge Duterte admin Groups hold anti-mining actions nationwide MANILA, 30 June 2016 – Mining-affected communities across the Philippines held protests and other actions to pursue reforms in mining ahead of the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the swearing-in of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez. Members and…

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[Off-the-shelf] Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in the Philippines -IRCT

Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Philippines Since the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act (Republic Act No. 9745) in 2009, the Philippine government has taken significant steps towards improving the legal structural framework for eradicating torture and supporting torture victims. This includes the elaboration of a rehabilitation programme for victims of torture and the…

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[Press Release] “IT’S ABOUT TIME.” Affected communities defend new DENR Chief’s anti-mining, anti-coal stance -CEED

“IT’S ABOUT TIME.” Affected communities defend new DENR Chief’s anti-mining, anti-coal stance Residents from areas affected by mining and coal projects approve of newly-appointed Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez’s firm stance against large-scale mining and coal-fired power plants, defending her against insinuations from fossil fuel and mining proponents. Dr. Benito…

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[People] The Just Judge Saves the Innocent by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Just Judge Saves the Innocent Fr. Shay Cullen 23 June 2016 The Philippines is moving away from an ear of compassion and justice to one where the innocent are targets for assassination and wrongful imprisonment on false charges.  In recent weeks dozens of bodies are found shot dead with signs pinned on the bodies,…