[From the web] Labor Rights Group Raises Alarm Over Militarization of Bureaucracy -CTUHR

Labor Rights Group Raises Alarm Over Militarization of Bureaucracy The labor rights organization, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) raised serious alarm over President Duterte’s appointment of military generals in his cabinet, stating that it is an ominous sign for already deteriorating human rights in the country and an increased tendency for militarist…

[From the web] Climate Science, Sustainability, Governance: Finding Solutions to Climate Change By Renee Juliene Karunungan

Climate Science, Sustainability, Governance: Finding Solutions to Climate Change By Renee Juliene Karunungan May 12, 2017 The Congreso Internacional de Cambio Climatico (International Congress on Climate Change) took place in Huelva, Spain last May 10-12, with the theme “Finding Solutions.” There were many sessions tackling different topics on how we can all find solutions to…

[From the web] Special Rapporteur rejects misinformation about her current academic visit to Philippines -OHCHR

Special Rapporteur rejects misinformation about her current academic visit to Philippines GENEVA (5 May 2017) – The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, has released the following statement clarifying reports in the Filipino media and rejecting misinformation about her current visit to Philippines to attend an academic conference: “I am presently…

[From the web] UN Member States Denounce Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings -HRW

UN Member States Denounce Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings Manila Dismisses Criticism During Human Rights Review (Geneva, May 8, 2017) – Numerous United Nations member countries expressed grave concerns about thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ “war on drugs,” at the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on May 8, 2017. Under the UPR, the human…

[From the web] The war on drugs – a top priority of OMCT

Philippines: The war on drugs – a top priority of OMCT The war on drugs among OMCT’s top priorities Geneva, 15 March 2017 – On the occasion of the upcoming Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review on human rights by the UN, the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) will this week on two occasions denounce the many…

[From the web] Philippine President Encourages War Crimes -HRW

Philippine President Encourages War Crimes Duterte’s Call to ‘Flatten the Hills’ Threatens Civilian Life and Property By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch While attending a memorial service today for four policemen, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged the army to “Go ahead, flatten the hills.” In counterinsurgency operations, he said, “anything goes for now. If…

[From the web] The Philippines’ Alarming Death Penalty U-Turn -HRW

The Philippines’ Alarming Death Penalty U-Turn Capital Punishment Bill Could Reach President Duterte’s Desk Soon By Carlos H. Conde The Philippine House of Representatives voted today to reinstate the death penalty for serious drug-related offenses in yet another blow to the country’s deteriorating human rights situation. If the Philippine Senate approves a similar bill as…

[From the web] Never Again, Never Forget -Forum-Asia

Never Again, Never Forget 19 November 2016 The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the cemetery of national heroes, in the Philippines. The burial of Marcos conveys a distressing message, not only to Filipinos but also to people’s movements all…

[From the web] 7th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum #AHRDF7 – Keynote by Michel Forst, UN SR on HRDs and Panel of Reactors -Forum-Asia

7th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum #AHRDF7 – Keynote by Michel Forst, UN SR on HRDs and Panel of Reactors Michel Forst, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (UN SR on HRDs), was the keynote speaker during the opening  session of the 7th Asian Regional Human Rights Defender…

[From the web] Philippine Police Denied US Guns on Rights Concerns Assault Rifle Sale Derailment Targets Abusive ‘War on Drugs’ -HRW

Philippine Police Denied US Guns on Rights Concerns Assault Rifle Sale Derailment Targets Abusive ‘War on Drugs’ Phelim Kine By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division @PhelimKine The United States State Department has suspended the sale of 26,000 military assault rifles to the Philippine National Police due to opposition to the sale by Senator Ben…

[From the web] UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups

UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups A United Nations initiative reviewing human rights records of countries around the world is indirectly strengthening civil society organisations in Southeast Asia by allowing them to participate in the process. But the groups are still blocked from…

[From the web] Philippine Police Probe Violent Protest Dispersal. Lack of Accountability Fuels Impunity -HRW

Philippine Police Probe Violent Protest Dispersal Lack of Accountability Fuels Impunity By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW October 21, 2016 The Philippine National Police have suspended nine officers involved in the violent dispersal of protesters – some of whom were bearing batons and throwing stones – demonstrating in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s…

[From the web] Statement of Support of the World Association for Christian Communication – Asia Region to the Ongoing Peace Negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP

Statement of Support of the World Association for Christian Communication – Asia Region to the Ongoing Peace Negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9 “Let no corrupting talk come…

[From the web] Workers’ group slam Duterte’s defense of police brutality, holds President accountable -BMP

Workers’ group slam Duterte’s defense of police brutality, holds President accountable Socialist workers’ group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino today lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s response to the violent dispersal of protests in front of the US embassy this week, calling it “an act of violence against the people.” “Instead of saying the only thing that must…