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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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[From the web] Journalists’ killings: UN experts urge Philippines president-elect to stop instigating deadly violence -OHCHR

Journalists’ killings: UN experts urge Philippines president-elect to stop instigating deadly violence GENEVA (6 June 2016) – Two United Nations independent experts on summary executions, and on freedom of expression today urged Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop instigating deadly violence immediately. The experts strongly condemned Mr. Duterte’s recent statements suggesting that journalists are not…

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[From the web] Groups call for green justice seek courts to immediately stop destructive mining projects -Green Thumb Coalition

Groups call for green justice seek courts to immediately stop destructive mining projects Manila – Mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Palawan and Eastern Samar were denounced by environmental groups today, for violating environmental laws and human rights of communities. For World Environment Day (June 5), Sanlakas, Concerned Citizens of Sta Cruz Zambales (CCOS), Didipio…

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[From the web] Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: FIDH Launches Updated Guide for Victims and NGOs on Accountability and Redress Mechanisms -FIDH.org

Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: FIDH Launches Updated Guide for Victims and NGOs on Accountability and Redress Mechanisms As the “EU Roadmap to Business and Human Rights Conference” opens today in Amsterdam, FIDH is pleased to announce the online publication of an updated version of its “Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: A Guide…

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[From the web] The Philippines’ Pay-Per-Hit Police – HRW.org

Dispatches: The Philippines’ Pay-Per-Hit Police By Phelim Kine The newly elected mayor of Cebu City has an innovative approach to crime control in this central Philippine city: A 50,000 peso (US$1,080) bounty for each “criminal” killed by his police force. Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña announced on May 16 that he would pay that sum to any…

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[From the web] Committee against Torture calls on the Philippines to fully implement rehabilitation programme – IRCT.org

Committee against Torture calls on the Philippines to fully implement rehabilitation programme The UN Committee against Torture is calling on the Government of the Philippines to fully implement a national rehabilitation programme, to ensure effective investigations into torture allegations and to make a public statement at the highest level that torture will not be tolerated.…

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[From the web] Witnesses, Victims Recount Shooting, Beating by Police Apparent Excessive Force Used at Kidapawan Protest -HRW

Philippines: Witnesses, Victims Recount Shooting, Beating by Police Apparent Excessive Force Used at Kidapawan Protest (Kidapawan City, the Philippines) – The Philippine police may have used unnecessary lethal force in breaking up a demonstration by farmers in Kidapawan City on April 1, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The police used batons and guns against…

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[From the web] Credibly Investigate Police Shootings of Protesters Apparent Excessive Force Used at Kidapawan Protest -HRW

Philippines: Credibly Investigate Police Shootings of Protesters Apparent Excessive Force Used at Kidapawan Protest (Kidapawan City, April 9, 2016) – The Philippine police may have used unnecessary lethal force in breaking up a demonstration by farmers in Kidapawan City on April 1, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The police used batons and guns against…

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[From the web] FDC – Aquino Gov’t Surpasses Arroyo as Biggest Debtor; Urges Voters to Rise Up Against Debt, Poverty and Inequality

FDC – Aquino Gov’t Surpasses Arroyo as Biggest Debtor; Urges Voters to Rise Up Against Debt, Poverty and Inequality MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III not only failed to curb the country’s poverty and debt burden. He turned out to be the biggest loan addict, and a total failure in addressing the Philippines’ entrapment…

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[From the web] Human Rights Day 2015 -OHCHR

Human Rights Day 2015 10 December Fifty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that would forever shape international human rights: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Created in the aftermath of WWII, the two Covenants along…

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[From the web] COP21: “States’ human rights obligations encompass climate change” – UN expert -OHCHR

COP21: “States’ human rights obligations encompass climate change” – UN expert PARIS (3 December 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox, today reminded all parties attending the Paris Climate Conference* that “States’ human rights obligations also encompass climate change,” and urged them to adopt a rights perspective…