[From the web] Open letter to Department of Justice: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic -Forum-Asia

Open letter to Department of Justice: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic To: THE HONORABLE MENARDO GUEVARRA, Secretary, Department of Justice Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila 1000 The Philippines 6 May 2020 Re: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic Dear Hon. Secretary Guevarra We, the Asian Forum…

[From the web] More quarantine violations logged than individuals tested for COVID-19 -CPRH

More quarantine violations logged than individuals tested for COVID-19; increased health capacity, testing, and social amelioration needed over victim-blaming in a pandemic setting Three days since the end of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, comparable data and statistics were released by different government authorities regarding the situation. Law enforcement authorities revealed today that from 17…

[From the web] Education in the New Normal: Address Inequities and Gaps to Insure Accessibility While Transitioning to Digital, Virtual Mode -ASSERT

Education in the New Normal: Address Inequities and Gaps to Insure Accessibility While Transitioning to Digital, Virtual Mode We should have been alarmed when covid19 deaths in China, the country of origin of the virus, started to fill the news. But our government just took it for granted. It continues with the ‘business as usual’…

[From the web] Workers Demand for Guaranteed Income, Protection, Respect for Rights Before Returning to Work -CTUHR

Workers Demand for Guaranteed Income, Protection, Respect for Rights Before Returning to Work “This year’s International Labor Day celebration is historically different, there will be no huge demonstrations on the streets in the Philippines and in other countries as well, due to the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the calls for a living wage,…

[From the web] Philippines: Prison Deaths Unreported Amid Pandemic Reduce Prisoner Populations to Address Severe Health Concerns -HRW

Philippines: Prison Deaths Unreported Amid Pandemic Reduce Prisoner Populations to Address Severe Health Concerns (Manila, April 29, 2020) – The Philippine government has not fully reported prison deaths, raising concerns that Covid-19 is spreading more quickly and widely in the country’s detention facilities, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should investigate prison deaths and…

[From the web] COVID19 crisis is not gender-neutral -WLB

COVID19 crisis is not gender-neutral This document was prepared and documented by the Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc. (WLB) and four partner communities of WLB: (1) Ayta women in Cabangan, Zambales; (2) Post-Haiyan victim-survivors in Marabut, Samar; (3) Women farmers in Real, Nakar, Infanta, Quezon; and (4) Former overseas Filipino workers from Talisay,…

[From the web] Arrests of relief ops volunteers, film writer show Duterte regime’s anti-people face amid COVID-19 pandemic -KARAPATAN

Arrests of relief ops volunteers, film writer show Duterte regime’s anti-people face amid COVID-19 pandemic Human rights watchdog Karapatan decried the government’s continuing militarist response to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic following the illegal arrest of volunteers set to distribute humanitarian aid to urban poor and peasant communities in Norzagaray, Bulacan as well as…

[From the web] Child rights advocates urge gov’t, public: Don’t forget child victims of online sexual abuse & exploitation amid pandemic -CRN

Child rights advocates urge gov’t, public: Don’t forget child victims of online sexual abuse & exploitation amid pandemic 15 April 2020 – Child Rights Network (CRN), the largest alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines, calls on the national government, local government executives, and the private sector to step…

[From the web] EcoWaste Coalition Says No to Burning COVID-19 Healthcare Waste in Incinerators and Crematories

EcoWaste Coalition Says No to Burning COVID-19 Healthcare Waste in Incinerators and Crematories The non-profit environmental health group EcoWaste Coalition appealed to the authorities to recall or revoke an advisory, which if enforced, would allow the burning of COVID-19 healthcare waste in incinerators and crematories. Through a letter e-mailed to Department of Environment and Natural…

[From the web] Higher Risk of OSAEC During COVID-19 Quarantine -Save The Children

Higher Risk of OSAEC During COVID-19 Quarantine SaferKidsPH promotes child online safety in support of the national COVID-19 response SaferKidsPH, a consortium of Save the Children Philippines, The Asia Foundation and UNICEF, and funded by the Australian Government, is expanding its efforts to protect children against online sexual abuse and exploitation during the COVID-19 enhanced…

[From the web] Senator Bong Go’s threat of “body bags” shows authorities’ dangerous COVID-19 response -Amnesty International

Senator Bong Go’s threat of “body bags” shows authorities’ dangerous COVID-19 response Responding to Philippine Senator Bong Go’s statement about having body bags available for “drug addicts or peddlers of fake news”, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said: “While hospitals are pleading for body bags and other emergency supplies, callous…